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Holt singles in winning run in ninth, Red Sox rally past ChiSox

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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox weren't getting much done this season. That's why the defending World Series champions turned to their youth.

With five rookies in the starting lineup, the last-place Red Sox chased Chicago ace Chris Sale and rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the White Sox 5-4 on Wednesday night. The victory snapped Boston's four-game losing streak.

''Once we got Sale out of the game, then we were able to create opportunities,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''Tip your hat to a very, very good pitcher. But we didn't roll over by any means.''

Sale had allowed just four hits when he left the game with two outs in the eighth inning and a 4-0 lead. But Jake Petricka faced four batters and couldn't get an out, and by the time Javy Guerra (0-1) retired Mike Carp to end the eighth it was 4-3.

With one out in the ninth, Guerra hit Mookie Betts -- who was playing his sixth major league game -- and then gave up a double to pinch-hitter Daniel Nava. Brock Holt, another rookie, singled for the first walk-off hit of his career.

The win was just the second for Boston in its last nine games.

''We were able to finish it off, which is something we haven't been able to do recently,'' Holt said. ''So it's a good feeling.''

Sale is in contention for the last spot on the AL All-Star team, a fan vote that will be announced Thursday. An All-Star the last two seasons, the left-hander walked none and struck out six before his bullpen cost him a chance to improve to 9-1.

''Put that all on me. I've got to go in there and shut the door,'' Guerra said. ''He deserves a win every time he throws the ball that way. The guy's special. He deserves a win.''

Koji Uehara (5-2), who was added to the AL All-Star team earlier Wednesday, earned the win.

Jose Abreu and Conor Gillaspie homered to help stake Chicago, which had won three straight, to a 4-0 lead. Sale did not allow a runner to reach third base until the eighth, when Betts led off with an odd double -- he beat out an infield single and took second when he noticed no one was covering -- then moved up on a groundout.

After getting Holt to ground out, Sale was replaced by Petricka and the Red Sox saw their chance.

''He's one of the best pitchers in the game,'' Nava said. ''Whether he's an All-Star or not, he's an All-Star-caliber pitcher.''

Abreu hit a solo homer to deep center field in the first inning, his 28th of the season. Only Mark McGwire, who had 33 homers at the 1987 All-Star break, hit more in the first half of his rookie season.

Gillaspie added a solo shot in the second, and the White Sox made it 3-0 when he doubled and scored in the fourth. Tyler Flowers and Adam Eaton had consecutive doubles in the seventh to make it 4-0.

It stayed that way until White Sox manager Robin Ventura pulled Sale with two outs in the eighth, and Petricka couldn't get an out.

The Red Sox had a few good plays in the field, though, thanks largely to their young players. It was the earliest in the season the Red Sox have started five rookies in a game since 1952.

Rookie center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made a diving catch of Flowers' line drive in the second. In the seventh, Eaton doubled off the Green Monster, with the ball coming down off left fielder Jonny Gomes' nose. Gomes retrieved it and made a throw that was relayed by rookie third baseman Xander Bogaerts to catcher Christian Vazquez, who was making his major-league debut.

Gomes spent the rest of the half-inning plugging his nose with his undershirt, apparently to keep it from bleeding, but remained in the game.

Notes

Vazquez was called up to replace C A.J. Pierzynski, who was designated for assignment. ... Sale would be the first White Sox pitcher to make three straight All-Star teams since Jack McDowell in 1991-93. ... Uehara was named to the All-Star team as a replacement for Yankees starter Masihiro Tanaka, who was placed on the DL on Wednesday.... Rubby De La Rosa, who was recalled from Triple-A earlier Wednesday, gave up three runs and six hits, striking out three in five innings.

 
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Dustin Pedroia (right) waits as Daniel Nava, who represents the winning run, crosses the plate in the ninth. (USATSI)
Dustin Pedroia (right) waits as Daniel Nava, who represents the winning run, crosses the plate in the ninth. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Boston

J. Gomes
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Chicago

C. Sale
IP 7.2
H 4
ER 1
BB 0
K 6
 
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF4011011 .265
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000011 .240
Jose Abreu, 1B4121000 .284
Adam Dunn, DH4010001 .226
Alexei Ramirez, SS4000002 .279
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4221010 .320
Dayan Viciedo, RF4000030 .248
   Moises Sierra, RF0000000 .202
Alejandro De Aza, LF4030010 .235
Tyler Flowers, C3110002 .220
Chris Sale, P0000000 .000
   Jake Petricka, P0000000 .000
   Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
Totals35410307  
Batting
2B - Adam Eaton (14, Mujica), Adam Dunn (14, De La Rosa), Conor Gillaspie (21, De La Rosa), Alejandro De Aza (12, De La Rosa), Tyler Flowers (6, Mujica)
3B - Alejandro De Aza (4, De La Rosa)
HR - Jose Abreu (28, De La Rosa), Conor Gillaspie (3, De La Rosa)
RBI - Adam Eaton (24), Jose Abreu (70), Conor Gillaspie (33)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Eaton (8), Jose Abreu (21)
Team LOB - 4
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Sale 7.2411060 2.08
Jake Petricka 0322100 2.22
Javy Guerra (L,0-1; BS,2) 0.2222000 2.70
HBP - Gomes (by Chris Sale), Betts (by Javy Guerra)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 107-80, Jake Petricka 13-6, Javy Guerra 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 6-11, Javy Guerra 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 28, Jake Petricka 4, Javy Guerra 5
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brock Holt, SS-3B5011022 .311
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4111000 .282
David Ortiz, DH4121000 .259
Mike Napoli, 1B3000121 .270
Jonny Gomes, LF3021000 .243
Xander Bogaerts, 3B3000012 .237
   a-Mike Carp, PH1000002 .208
   Stephen Drew, SS0000000 .131
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF4000001 .217
Mookie Betts, RF3220011 .231
Christian Vazquez, C3000002 .000
   b-Daniel Nava, PH1111000 .226
Rubby De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
   Craig Breslow, P0000000 .000
   Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000 .000
   Koji Uehara, P0000000 .000
Totals3459516  
a-grounded out for Bogaerts in the 8th
b-doubled for Vazquez in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Ortiz (16, Petricka), Jonny Gomes (7, Petricka), Mookie Betts 2 (2, Sale), Daniel Nava (6, Guerra)
RBI - Brock Holt (19), Dustin Pedroia (34), David Ortiz (56), Jonny Gomes (30), Daniel Nava (10)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Pedroia (10), David Ortiz (24), Jonny Gomes (10)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mookie Betts 1, Jonny Gomes 1
DP - Tazawa-Holt-Napoli
E - Mike Napoli (5, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rubby De La Rosa 5633032 2.89
Craig Breslow 1000000 5.06
Edward Mujica 1311010 5.61
Junichi Tazawa 1100000 2.70
Koji Uehara (W,5-2) 1000030 1.27
Pitches-Strikes - Rubby De La Rosa 84-54, Craig Breslow 7-4, Edward Mujica 15-10, Junichi Tazawa 14-11, Koji Uehara 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rubby De La Rosa 7-5, Craig Breslow 1-2, Junichi Tazawa 1-1
Batters Faced - Rubby De La Rosa 21, Craig Breslow 3, Edward Mujica 5, Junichi Tazawa 3, Koji Uehara 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36218
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Jim Joyce