White Sox beat Red Sox 9-4 – ESPN (blog)
BOSTON — The Chicago White Sox hit two home runs, one needing a video replay and the other leaving someone in need of a new windshield.
Jose Abreu and Geovany Soto homered and drove in three runs apiece and the surging White Sox won their sixth straight, beating the Boston Red Sox 9-4 on Tuesday night.
“We’ve been swinging the bats good. You don’t want to think about it,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of his club’s recent good fortune.
It continued as the White Sox quickly spoiled Boston’s pregame party for Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez by scoring five runs in the first inning. They scored again in the sixth on a play that qualified as both a great catch and a home run.
Boston center fielder Mookie Betts ran down Abreu’s shot deep to right-center field, then went tumbling into Boston’s bullpen. Betts grabbed the ball on the run and managed to hold on while twisting his body and hitting the wall with his lower back, but dropped it when he landed.
Initially called the third out, umpires reviewed the play for nearly three minutes before overturning the call and allowing Abreu to round the bases for his 16th homer.
“Even our video staff was getting into the action and having a great day,” joked Jeff Samardzija, who pitched eight strong innings.
Samardzija (8-5) scattered four hits before unraveling slightly in the ninth, when he was pulled after allowing three straight singles to start the ninth during a meaningless two-run rally. Samardzija allowed four runs and seven hits, struck out three and walked one.
Samardzija had a big lead throughout the game, which Abreu extended to 7-2 on his homer in the sixth. Soto led off the seventh with a solo shot that cleared Fenway Park entirely, breaking the windshield of a car parked in a lot behind the Green Monster on Lansdowne Street.
Chicago tagged Boston starter Wade Miley for 10 hits and seven runs, all earned, over 5 2/3 innings, and finished with 14 hits. The last batter Miley (8-9) faced was Abreu.
Betts left the game and was being evaluated for a concussion.
“It was an unbelievable effort Mookie gave just trying to run that ball down. That’s kind of how he plays. He’s going to give you everything he’s got,” Miley said. “Unfortunately it didn’t go for us. I thought he made an unbelievable …Read More