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Felix Doubront pitched just about as well as anyone could reasonably expect–but the White Sox still managed to outlast the Red Sox as Chicago prevailed with a 3-1 win.
The Red Sox were without a hit against Chicago starter Jose Quintana until David Ortiz lofted a single to center field, followed by two more singles to load the bases, creating the best offensive opportunity of the day for Boston. However, reliever Jesse Crain came in to strike out both Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew, immediately ending the threat and maintaining a 2-0 White Sox lead.
The Sox managed a run in the top of the eighth when Dustin Pedroia reached on an error, putting the tying run on third base with just one out for Ortiz, who then bounced into an inning-ending double play to end the inning. The Red Sox had six runners reach in the seventh and eighth, but only managed one run across the plate on the misplay by White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
With the rain pouring down in the ninth inning, the umpires allowed the game to carry on as Chicago brought in Addison Reed to close out the game. After striking out Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava launched a ball to left field, where Casper Wells fell down to the seat of his pants–but still made the catch. By staying with the ball, Wells prevented Boston from bringing the tying run to the plate, and the White Sox went on to grab the win.
The teams will square off once more on Wednesday night, as Clay Buchholz (6-0, 1.78 ERA) faces Hector Santiago (1-2, 2.78 ERA), who is filling in for Chris Sale (out due to tendinitis).
Tags: Addison Reed, Alexei Ramirez, Boston Red Sox, Casper Wells, Chicago White Sox, Daniel Nava, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Felix Doubront, Jesse Crain, Jose Quintana, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, Will Middlebrooks