The two Sox battled it out Friday, but the White Sox ultimately took the series opener Friday night, with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Tanner Houck hurled two successful frames to begin his outing, but would not find that same success in the third inning. He let up a walk, then a two-out base hit before Jose Abreu would make him pay by walloping a three-run jack just over the left field wall to put Chicago on the board.
Houck would find the same struggles in the fourth. The half inning began with a leadoff error from second baseman Jose Iglesias, and another walk would put two on with just one out. Another two-out RBI hit, this time a single from Luis Robert which put Boston’s deficit at four. Darwinzon Hernandez proceeded to relieve Houck, as the righty ended his day after just 3 2/3 innings of work.
After Hernandez finished off the fourth, him, Michael Feliz, Adam Ottavino combined for three scoreless innings — Ryan Brasier worked himself into some trouble in the eighth, but Josh Taylor came on to shut the door.
The Red Sox were finally able to get on the board when Bobby Dalbec socked a solo shot well into the left field seats, continuing his hot streak. They cut the White Sox’s lead to one as they picked up two in the seventh inning — Bobby Dalbec tripled to lead off the inning, and Christian Vazquez picked up an RBI via a groundout. Danny Santana singled before moving up to second on a wild pitch, and pinch-hitter Alex Verdugo singled him home to make it a one-run affair.
Vazquez singled to leadoff the top of the ninth inning, but pinch-hitter Travis Shaw flied out as Liam Hendriks notched the save.
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