Final, Red Sox 6-4: Chris Capuano and Burke Badenhop finally ended things in the 14th inning.
Capuano yielded a single while recording the first two outs of the 14th inning. Badenhop then recorded the final out on — ironically enough given Tuesday’s events — a ground ball to shortstop Xander Bogaerts.
Jackie Bradley Jr.’s two-run double in the 14th inning off infielder Leury Garcia — the first White Sox position player to pitch since Casper Wells on June 28, 2013 — was the difference in this game.
White Sox pitchers issued 15 walks, and that enabled the Red Sox to hang around despite mustering up just three hits after the first inning.
Grady Sizemore tied the score at three apiece in the ninth inning with a sacrifice fly. Jonny Gomes then gave Boston a 4-3 lead in the 11th inning with a sacrifice fly before Tyler Flowers’ RBI single extended the game.
Bogaerts reached base five times (one hit, two walks and two hit by pitches) and Dustin Pedroia reached four times in the win.
Jon Lester and Chris Sale will square off in Thursday’s series finale, which is scheduled to kick off at 8:10 p.m. It should be one heck of a pitching matchup, so you won’t want to miss any of the action.
Mid 14th, Red Sox 6-4: Leury Garcia fit in well with the White Sox’s pitching staff.
The infielder issued back-to-back two-out walks — bringing Chicago’s total to 15 — before Jackie Bradley Jr. delivered a two-run double down the right field line.
Daniel Nava and Jonathan Herrera worked walks after Garcia retired Grady Sizemore and A.J. Pierzynski to begin the 14th.
Bradley turned on a pitch inside and yanked it into the right field corner. Nava and Herrera had no trouble scoring to give Boston a 6-4 lead. Bradley’s double was Boston’s first hit out of the infield since the first inning.
Chris Capuano will head back out for the bottom of the 14th inning. He has retired all six White Sox hitters he has faced so far.
End 13th, 4-4: The Red Sox and White Sox have decided 13 innings aren’t enough. We head to the 14th.
Chris Capuano worked a perfect 13th inning to keep this game going. Adam Dunn struck out, Jordan Danks grounded out and Alejandro De Aza flied out.
There aren’t many fans sticking around for this one in Chicago. The stands practically are empty.
The White Sox now will turn to a position player to pitch, as Daniel Webb was Chicago’s last available pitcher. Infielder Leury Garcia will get the call.
Garcia is the first White Sox position player to pitch in a game since Casper Wells did so on June 28, 2013 against the Indians.
Mid 13th, 4-4: The Red Sox squandered a golden opportunity in the 13th inning.
Jackie Bradley Jr. led off with a walk, marking Boston’s 13th free pass of the game.
Dustin Pedroia followed with a line drive back up the middle. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez ranged over and got a glove on it, but he might have been thrown off by Bradley — who was running on the pitch — charging into second base. The ball kicked off Ramirez’s glove, enabling Pedroia to reach with an infield single and Bradley to safely advance to second base.
The complexion of the inning changed when Xander Bogaerts grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Bradley took third base on the twin killing, and the White Sox opted to walk David Ortiz to face Jonny Gomes.
Gomes, who gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead in the 11th inning with a sacrifice fly, struck out looking to end the top of the 13th. Daniel Webb dropped in a curveball that froze Gomes.
End 12th, 4-4: Chris Capuano pitched this game into the 13th inning.
Capuano tossed a scoreless 12th inning. He retired Marcus Semien, Conor Gillaspie and Jose Abreu in order.
Abreu clearly was swinging for the downs, but he struck out looking on a sinker.
Mid 12th, 4-4: The Red Sox have just one hit since the first inning.
Daniel Webb breezed through the 12th inning, and the White Sox now will dig in with a chance to walk off with a victory.
A.J. Pierzynski, Daniel Nava and Jonathan Herrera all put the ball on the ground in the 12th inning.
Chris Capuano will pitch the bottom of the 12th for Boston.
End 11th, 4-4: The Red Sox discovered in the 11th inning that life is much easier when Koji Uehara is closing out games.
Edward Mujica, who recorded a save in Uehara’s absence last Friday, blew a save in the 11th inning of this one.
Jordan Danks walked to begin the inning and swiped second base on a bang-bang play. John Farrell came out to argue the call, but replays showed Danks clearly got his foot in ahead of Xander Bogaerts’ tag.
Danks took third base when Alexei Ramirez grounded out to Daniel Nava at first base for the second out of the inning. Nava made a nice play on an in-between hop.
The White Sox were down to their final strike and Mujica almost struck out Tyler Flowers looking on a pitch just off the outside corner. The pitch was called a ball, though, and Flowers used his second life to line a game-tying single up the middle. Bogaerts ranged to his left and actually got some leather on the ball but couldn’t make the play.
Mid 11th, Red Sox 4-3: Grady Sizemore tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. Jonny Gomes gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning.
The White Sox have done everything in their power to give the Red Sox this game. Daniel Webb walked Dustin Pedroia and hit Xander Bogaerts in the ankle area to begin the 11th inning.
David Ortiz followed with a ground ball down to first base. Jose Abreu fielded it at deep first and fired to second base to record an out there. Alexei Ramirez was unable to deliver a throw back to first base, though, as Bogaerts had a good takeout slide.
Pedroia took third on Ortiz’s forceout. Gomes knocked in Pedroia with a well-struck fly ball to deep left field.
Edward Mujica will look to close out the White Sox in the 11th inning. Koji Uehara, who has been dealing with shoulder tightness, is unavailable but could return for Thursday’s series finale.
End 10th, 3-3: To the 11th inning, we go.
Andrew Miller worked around a one-out single in the 10th to complete his second scoreless inning.
Conor Gillaspie followed Marcus Semien’s inning-opening strikeout with a single into center field. Miller did a nice job of making sure it didn’t materialize into anything major.
Jose Abreu hit a slow grounder to Xander Bogaerts, who made the play and quickly got rid of the ball to second base to retire the lead runner.
Adam Dunn grounded back to the mound to end the inning.
Mid 10th, 3-3: Matt Lindstrom came back out for the 10th inning and retired the side in order.
Daniel Nava and Jonathan Herrera both flied out to center field in the 10th. Jackie Bradley Jr. grounded to second base.
The White Sox already have used seven pitchers in this game, so a lengthy extra-inning affair could be problematic for Chicago. Daniel Webb is the only White Sox reliever remaining beyond Lindstrom.
End 9th, 3-3: The Red Sox and White Sox will play bonus baseball at U.S. Cellular Field.
Andrew Miller tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning to send this game into extras.
Miller struck out Alexei Ramirez and Adam Eaton swinging in the ninth inning. Paul Konerko pinch hit for Adrian Nieto and grounded to shortstop for the second out.
Daniel Nava, Jonathan Herrera and Jackie Bradley Jr. are due up for Boston in the 10th.
Mid 9th, 3-3: The White Sox’s control problems finally caught up to them.
Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts walked to begin the ninth inning, marking the ninth and 10th walks issued by Chicago pitching.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura turned to Matt Lindstrom following Bogaerts’ free pass, and David Ortiz flied out to left field.
Jonny Gomes took a big cut with one out that resulted in a little dribbler in the infield. Third baseman Conor Gillaspie charged it but had no play. That loaded the bases for Grady Sizemore.
Sizemore fell behind in the count 0-2 but kept battling. He ended up lifting a sacrifice fly to deep left field that tied the game.
A wild pitch allowed Bogaerts and Gomes to advance to third base and second base, respectively, but A.J. Pierzynski couldn’t give the Red Sox a lead. Pierzynski grounded to third base to end the inning.
Andrew Miller will pitch the ninth inning for Boston with the game suddenly tied at three apiece.
End 8th, White Sox 3-2: Craig Breslow and Junichi Tazawa combined to keep Boston’s deficit at one run in the eighth inning.
Breslow struck out Adam Dunn before John Farrell turned to Tazawa. Tazawa handled Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza on a pair of groundouts.
Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz are due up for Boston in the ninth inning.
Mid 8th, White Sox 3-2: The White Sox used four pitchers in the eighth inning as the Red Sox cut their deficit in half.
David Ortiz led off the eighth with a six-pitch walk. White Sox manager Robin Ventura then called upon Jake Petricka to replace Scott Downs with Johnny Gomes coming up.
Petricka walked Gomes on four pitches, at which point Ventura turned to Donnie Veal with Grady Sizemore digging in.
Sizemore hit a chopper to third base that looked like a double-play ball. Conor Gillaspie threw a changeup to second baseman Marcus Semien, though, and Sizemore reached at first base while Ortiz took third.
A.J. Pierzynski cut into Chicago’s lead with a sacrifice fly into left-center field. Veal walked Daniel Nava to put runners at first and second for Ryan Roberts.
Maikel Cleto replaced Veal, and Red Sox manager John Farrell countered by calling upon Mike Carp to pinch hit for Roberts. Carp earned Boston’s fourth free pass of the eighth inning and was lifted for a pinch runner in Jonathan Herrera.
Jackie Bradley Jr. couldn’t deliver a big hit with the bases loaded. Bradley lifted a lazy popup into shallow left field that shortstop Alexei Ramirez secured for the inning’s final out.
End 7th, White Sox 3-1: Craig Breslow worked a scoreless seventh inning for Boston.
Breslow struck out Marcus Semien looking for the first out. He took care of Semien on four pitches.
Conor Gillaspie singled into center field with one out, but Jose Abreu hit a perfect double-play ball right at shortstop Xander Bogaerts.
Mid 7th, White Sox 3-1: Ronald Belisario cruised through the seventh inning, pulling Chicago to within three outs of handing Boston its fourth consecutive loss.
Dustin Pedroia struck out in the seventh inning, and he wasn’t happy. Belisario’s pitch appeared to tail back over the outside corner, but Pedroia thought it was outside. Pedey voiced his displeasure with home plate umpire Cory Blaser before John Farrell restrained his All-Star second baseman.
Xander Bogaerts grounded out to end the inning, marking the first time he has been retired in this game.
End 6th, White Sox 3-1: Alexei Ramirez gave the White Sox a 3-1 lead with one swing.
Clay Buchholz had been rolling along since enduring some first-inning struggles, but he walked Adam Dunn to begin the bottom of the sixth inning.
Dunn took second base on a softly hit chopper back to the mound that Buchholz opted to go to first base with, and he took third base when the right-hander uncorked a wild pitch with Ramirez batting.
It didn’t matter where Dunn was stationed, though, because Ramirez jumped all over a mistake fastball left over the inner half of the plate. Ramirez sent it sailing over the left field fence for his fourth home run of 2014.
Ronald Belisario will be Chicago’s new pitcher in the seventh inning.
Mid 6th, 1-1: The first three hitters of the game produced a hit off John Danks. Danks hasn’t surrendered a hit since.
Danks has issued four walks and has hit a batter since the first inning, but the Red Sox haven’t been able to get much going. The lefty retired the side in order in the sixth inning.
A.J. Pierzynski led off the inning with a little dribbler in the infield. Danks stormed off the mound to make a difficult play near the first base line. The southpaw picked it up with his bare hand before tossing to first base.
Daniel Nava flied out to left field, and Ryan Roberts grounded to third base.
End 5th, 1-1: Both pitchers have settled in after shaky starts to this game.
Clay Buchholz struck out two in a perfect fifth inning. Marcus Semien and Conor Gillaspie both went down looking.
Jose Abreu ended the inning by flying out to Jackie Bradley Jr., who has been busy in this game.
Mid 5th, 1-1: Xander Bogaerts has been aboard three times in this game.
Bogaerts, who singled and got hit by a pitch in his first two plate appearances, walked on six pitches in the fifth inning.
Bogaerts swiped second base, but the Red Sox couldn’t do anything with him in scoring position.
David Ortiz, Jonny Gomes and Grady Sizemore went down in order after Bogaerts’ leadoff walk.
End 4th, 1-1: The White Sox put a runner into scoring position, but Clay Buchholz prevented him from crossing the plate.
Alejandro De Aza led off the inning with a bunt. Ryan Roberts charged in to make a barehanded scoop, but his rushed throw was off the mark and De Aza reached with a single.
De Aza took second base as Adrian Nieto struck out looking. Buchholz took care of Adam Eaton, getting the White Sox’s leadoff hitter to ground out to first base.
Mid 4th, 1-1: The Red Sox couldn’t do anything with Ryan Roberts’ one-out walk.
Roberts walked after Dustin Pedroia struck out to begin the inning. Jackie Bradley Jr.’s failed bunt attempt really stymied any potential threat, though.
Bradley popped up a bunt behind the plate, and catcher Adrian Nieto hustled to make a nice sliding play near the screen.
End 3rd, 1-1: Jackie Bradley Jr. was a busy man in the third inning.
Bradley recorded three putouts in the third while Clay Buchholz enjoyed his first 1-2-3 inning of the night.
Bradley’s most adventurous play came at the start of the inning, when powerful Cuban defector Jose Abreu blasted a ball toward the wall in right-center field. On another night, the ball might have left the yard. But the wind really knocked it down, and Bradley made the grab before banging into the fence.
Mid 3rd, 1-1: The Red Sox left the bases loaded in the third inning.
Xander Bogaerts got hit by a pitch and advanced to second base when David Ortiz grounded to first base. First baseman Jose Abreu stepped on the bag and attempted to throw out Bogaerts at second base. The play turned into a tag play by virtue of Abreu stepping on first, and Bogaerts slid in safely.
Jonny Gomes and Grady Sizemore then worked back-to-back walks against John Danks. Gomes saw six pitches, and Sizemore saw nine.
A.J. Pierzynski couldn’t do any damage against his former team. He grounded to third base to end the bases-loaded threat.
End 2nd, 1-1: Clay Buchholz has been forced to work in the early going.
Adrian Nieto reached in the second inning with a one-out single, and Marcus Semien added to the threat two batters later with a single of his own.
Buchholz escaped the inning unscathed by striking out Conor Gillaspie, but he already has thrown 51 pitches in this game.
Mid 2nd, 1-1: John Danks rebounded nicely in the second inning after a shaky first.
Danks struck out Ryan Roberts and Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging in a 1-2-3 second inning. Roberts went down hacking at a 2-2 fastball, while Bradley came up empty on a 2-2 changeup.
Daniel Nava grounded to short to begin the second.
End 1st, 1-1: The Red Sox’s defense came back to hurt them again.
Clay Buchholz hit Adam Eaton to kick off the bottom of the first inning. The right-hander then tried to pick off Eaton, but his toss to first base wasn’t handled by Daniel Nava. The ball rolled up the first base line, allowing Eaton to take second base.
Buchholz rebounded for two quick outs, but the third out was elusive. Jose Abreu grounded to third base and Ryan Roberts fielded it cleanly. Roberts’ throw across the diamond was in the dirt, though, and Nava had no chance to make a play. Roberts’ throwing error enabled Eaton to trot home with Chicago’s first run.
Adam Dunn walked and Dayan Viciedo singled to load the bases for Alejandro De Aza. Fortunately for Boston, Buchholz got De Aza to pop out, keeping the game tied at one apiece.
Buchholz threw 31 pitches in his laborious first inning.
Mid 1st, Red Sox 1-0: The Red Sox finally have a first-inning run.
The Red Sox pushed across a run on three hits in the first inning, marking the first time all season they’ve jumped onto the scoreboard in the game’s first frame.
Dustin Pedroia led off with a double into the left field corner. Xander Bogaerts, whose ninth-inning error Tuesday cost the Red Sox the game, knocked in Pedroia with a single into center field.
David Ortiz made it three straight hits to start the game by adding a single. John Danks then retired Jonny Gomes, Grady Sizemore and A.J. Pierzynski on two adventurous fly balls and a broken-bat grounder to third.
Bogaerts’ RBI was his first of the 2014 season. It also marked his first hit with a runner in scoring position.
8:12 p.m.: The wind is blowing in Chicago. But we have baseball. Let’s go.
7:54 p.m.: The Red Sox’s offense rarely has shown up this season.
The Red Sox have scored four runs or fewer and collected nine hits or fewer in each of their last six games. That’s Boston’s longest such streak since a nine-game stretch to end the 2012 season.
There is one thing working in Boston’s favor Wednesday, though. The Red Sox enjoyed success against John Danks the last two times they faced the lefty. Danks has given up 12 earned runs on 17 hits over 10 2/3 innings in his last two starts against the Sox.
The Red Sox haven’t scored in the first inning all season.
6:34 p.m.: Let’s go over some pregame notes.
-Mike Napoli’s status for Wednesday’s game is unclear. The Red Sox will have to wait and see how he responds to holding/swinging a bat.
-Koji Uehara threw a 34-pitch bullpen session, and the closer said he felt fine. Uehara is unavailable for this game but is expected to be available for Thursday’s series finale.
-Shane Victorino is expected to begin a rehab assignment Friday or Saturday with Triple-A Pawtucket.
-John Farrell confirmed he was fined for Sunday’s blowup on the umpires in New York.
6:30 p.m.: Dustin Pedroia will return to the Red Sox’s starting lineup.
Pedroia, who missed Sunday’s series finale against the Yankees, entered Tuesday’s game in the ninth inning as a pinch runner for Mike Napoli, who dislocated his finger sliding into second base. Pedroia will bat leadoff Wednesday, and Napoli will sit to begin the game.
Daniel Nava will play first base in Napoli’s absence. He’ll bat seventh.
The Red Sox’s outfield will consist of Grady Sizemore (left field), Jackie Bradley Jr. (center field) and Jonny Gomes (right field).
Wednesday’s complete lineups are below.
Boston Red Sox (5-9)
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Jonny Gomes, RF
Grady Sizemore, LF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Daniel Nava, 1B
Ryan Roberts, 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Clay Buchholz, RHP (0-1, 6.97 ERA)
Chicago White Sox (8-6)
Adam Eaton, CF
Marcus Semien, 2B
Conor Gillaspie, 3B
Jose Abreu, 1B
Adam Dunn, DH
Dayan Viciedo, RF
Alejandro De Aza, LF
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Adrian Nieto, C
John Danks, LHP (1-0, 4.15 ERA)
6 p.m. ET: It’s not time to panic. Yet.
The Boston Red Sox didn’t lose more than three games in a row at any point last season, and they’ll enter Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox looking to avoid their first four-game losing streak of 2014. The Red Sox also are looking to avoid falling to five games below .500.
Clearly, it’s still very early in the season, but things haven’t exactly gone Boston’s way thus far. Xander Bogaerts’ error in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday — which allowed the White Sox to grab a series-opening win — is the latest instance of the Red Sox simply not executing. Plus, the Sox are dealing with some injuries, which have compounded their early-season woes.
Dustin Pedroia has dealt with a sore left wrist and received a cortisone shot Monday following an MRI. Mike Napoli dislocated his finger in Tuesday’s loss and, according to manager John Farrell, is listed as day-to-day. Shane Victorino (hamstring strain) and Will Middlebrooks (calf strain) also are working their way back from ailments.
The Red Sox’s offense hasn’t been impressive, and that means good starting pitching is even more important. Clay Buchholz, who surrendered a career-high 13 hits in his first start of the season, rebounded nicely in his last start against the New York Yankees, but the right-hander still is searching for his first win of 2014. He’ll face lefty John Danks on Wednesday in Chicago.
Wednesday’s first pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. Be sure to check back throughout the evening for updates.
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