Again, the Red Sox should have lost this game. Time after time, the Red Sox let opportunities slip away to either distance themselves from the White Sox, or put them away all together. Rick Porcello took the mound for the Red Sox, and was only able to go 5.1 innings, which is an abnormality for him at Fenway Park, where he is undefeated on the season. Porcello was leaving the ball up in the zone, which attributed to Chicago's eight hits and four earned runs against him.
Nonetheless, the Red Sox's bats came alive specifically for the top half of the lineup. Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and, surprisingly, Hanley Ramirez, who seems to be flourishing in his new role lower in the batting order, were able to put together multi-hit games and lead the Red Sox's offense to the tune of eight runs and 12 hits.
Unfortunately, in what seems to be a common theme in the past couple of nights, the bullpen once again relinquished a Red Sox lead late in a game. Tommy Layne came in for an inning, giving up three hits and two earned runs, while Tazawa came in for 0.2 of an inning and gave up a run.
In what was a questionable move by skipper John Farrell, Craig Kimbrel came in to pitch the ninth inning in a non-save situation. Fortunately, Kimbrel was lights out in the first inning, which, for some bizarre reason, gave Farrell the inclination that he should toss Kimbrel back out there for a second inning. Kimbrel had the bases loaded with no outs, but was able to get out of the jam, and Xander Bogaerts drove in the game-winning run in the bottom half of the tenth inning. Phew.
Next up, the Red Sox go to Arlington, Texas, to take on the hottest team in all of baseball right now. David Price will take the mound Friday night to try and get things off on the right foot.