The two pairs of Sox went at it Saturday in a high-scoring thriller, but it was the Boston Red Sox who came away with the victory on behalf of Travis Shaw’s four-RBI night, which included the game-winning hit.
Chicago struck first with a two-run homer off Connor Seabold in the second — who was making his major-league debut, and was acquired in Nick Pivetta deal — but Boston struck back in the third. They loaded the bases, and Rafael Devers walked in a run before Alex Verdugo stroked a two-run single into left to give the Red Sox the lead.
Boston kept the rally going, as it didn’t stop just there. Bobby Dalbec grounded an RBI single into left, and it was followed up by a three-run jack by Travis Shaw to put the Red Sox up 7-2.
The White Sox, however, did have a response. After just 43 pitches and three innings, Seabold was relieved by Garrett Richards. After loading the bases, Richards walked home a runner, and with the bases still loaded, Luis Robert ripped a back-breaking, bases-clearing double to put the White Sox within one. Ryan Brasier took over for Richards, but Brasier would only surrender the lead as Yoan Moncada socked a game-tying RBI double.
Chicago would regain the lead in the fifth off Brasier, as Yasmani Grandal knocked a solo big fly just over the right field wall to make it an 8-7 ballgame.
Hansel Robles and Michael Feliz hurled back-to-back scoreless frames for Boston out of the ‘pen, and the Red Sox were able to tie it in the eighth on behalf of Kiké Hernandez’s sac fly.
Garrett Whitlock tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth, and sent the affair to extras with yet another brilliant outing.
In the top of the 10th, Travis Shaw roped a one-out RBI single into right to allow Alex Verdugo, the runner who started on second, to score. Boston would take the lead on Shaw’s fourth RBI.
The start of the bottom of the 10th looked threatening from a Red Sox perspective, as Yasmani Grandal lead off with a single to put runners on the corners. Taylor, however, wouid salvage back-to-back strikeouts of Leury Garcia and Danny Mendick, and he retired Brian Goodwin on a groundout, to end the ballgame.
The teams will go at it Sunday in the rubber match of the weekend set. Nick Pivetta returns from the COVID-19 injured list to make his 26th start of the season, despite Danny Santana being Boston’s latest positive test.