Bradley helps Red Sox rally past White Sox 9-4

CHICAGO (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a sacrifice fly in Bostons four-run seventh inning and a tiebreaking single in the ninth, helping the Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 9-4 on Thursday night.

Ian Kinsler sparked the winning rally with a one-out single off Thyago Vieira (1-1) for the last of his three hits. Blake Swihart then walked before Bradley drove in Kinsler with a liner into right field.

Major league-leading Boston poured it on from there. Andrew Benintendi added another RBI single and J.D. Martinez hit a three-run drive for his 39th homer, making it 9-4 and sending much of the crowd of 18,015 to the exits.

Mookie Betts also homered as the Red Sox (93-42) earned their third straight win and increased their AL East advantage to 8 1/2 games over the New York Yankees, who blew a late lead in an 8-7 loss to Detroit. Ryan Brasier (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for his first win in his 28th major league appearance.

Chicago (53-81) wasted a terrific start by Lucas Giolito, who struck out eight while pitching 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball. Avisail Garcia homered and drove in three runs, and Yolmer Sanchez collected three hits in the opener of a 10-game homestand.

The White Sox had won five of six, including two of three in their previous series against the Yankees. But they were unable to put away the powerful Red Sox, who scored 11 times in the seventh inning of a 14-6 victory against Miami on Wednesday night.

Chicago got off to a fast start behind Garcia, who is batting just .159 (17 for 107) with 37 strikeouts in 28 games in August. Garcia hit a two-run drive to center in the first and a sacrifice fly in the second, helping the White Sox build a 4-0 lead.

Giolito threw a career-high 113 pitches before he was pulled after Brock Holt walked in the seventh. The 6-foot-6 right-hander got a big ovation as he made his way to the dugout, but the cheers quickly faded as the Red Sox pounced on Jeanmar Gomez.

Kinsler and Swihart greeted Gomez with consecutive singles, driving in Holt for Bostons first run. Bradley then hit a sacrifice fly before Betts connected for his 29th homer, tying it at 4 with a towering drive just over the wall in left.


Red Sox: LHP David Price visited a hand specialist after he was hit on his left wrist by a line drive in the third inning of Wednesday nights 14-6 win against Miami. Manager Alex Cora said Price is OK, but he doesnt know if hell take his turn in the rotation next week in Atlanta. “Well see how he feels the next few days and then well go from there,” Cora said. … LHP Chris Sale (shoulder inflammation) played catch for the fourth straight day. … Cora said 1B Mitch Moreland was feeling better after the All-Star missed Wednesdays victory because of a bruised left knee. Moreland was out of the lineup again, but was available off the bench.

White Sox: Manager Rick Renteria said RHP Reynaldo Lopez was fine a day after he lacked his usual velocity at the beginning of his start against the Yankees. Lopez started to throw harder as he got deeper into his outing. “He felt like he had slept on his arm wrong or something,” Renteria said. “It took him a couple of innings to loosen up.”


White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech makes his third major league start Friday night against right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and the Red Sox. Kopech (1-0, 1.13 ERA) was one of Bostons top prospects before he was traded to Chicago in the Sale deal in December 2016. Eovaldi (5-6, 4.15 ERA) has dropped his last two starts.

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