Jon Lester pitched the Boston Red Sox past the Chicago White Sox in the rubber game of their three game set at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday night. In what was a pitching masterpiece, Lester and Chicago’s Chris Sale were dazzling all evening. But it was the Red Sox who came through late in the game. They extended their winning streak to two games in victory.
Each team’s starting ace battled back-and-forth, giving their respective clubs an oppurtunity to win. This was a hyped pitching matchup and it lived up to the billing.
Both Lester and Sale carried no-hitter bids into the sixth inning. Xander Bogaerts recorded the first hit of the game for Boston. He blasted a solo shot to left off Sale in the sixth.
Lester tossed eight impressive innings in earning a much deserved second win of the season. He struck out nine and scattered seven hits. Lester even retired 16 straight batters at one point.
Sale struck out 10 batters over seven innings of work. He allowed just one hit, a home run.
Locked at one in the ninth, Mike Carp was called upon to pinch-hit and he reached base on a single to left after Mike Napoli got aboard with an infield hit. David Ross then drove in Napoli with a double down the right field line. Ross’s RBI ultimately proved to be the game winning hit.
Carp would add an insurance run, scoring when Jonathan Herrera was able to reach base on a bunt.
Koji Uehara notched his third save of the season. He closed out Chicago in the home half of the ninth, surrendering a hit to Alexei Ramirez, who extended his hitting streak to 16 games with the base knock.
Boston’s last-inning heroics marked the second straight game in which they won in the final inning.
The Red Sox will return home on Friday to open up a weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles.