The Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 Wednesday night, ending Boston's six-game winning streak. Good pitching, solid defense, and Jake Burger's three-run homer led the White Sox to a win in game two of the series.
Lucas Giolito Returns As The White Sox Ace We Know Him As
White Sox starter, Lucas Giolito, struggled with his command in the first inning. The right-handed ace needed 27 pitches to escape it, but limited the damage to only one run.
Alex Verdugo's two-out single off the end of the bat plated J.D. Martinez. Giolito stymied the Red Sox threats as Boston put runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings. He worked six innings, allowing only one run on four hits, walked four batters, and fanned seven.
Lucas retired the final seven batters he faced, capped by an impressive diving catch from Andrew Vaughn.
Jake Burger Making A Case To Stay In The Majors
Rich Hill kept the White Sox hitless through four innings but saw the lead disappear quickly in the fifth. Jose Abreu led off with an opposite-field double and A.J. Pollock reached base on a throwing error from third by Rafael Devers.
The recently recalled Jake Burger then stepped up to the plate and put the White Sox on the board. On an 0-2 pitch, he took a 67 mph slider an estimated 444 feet to left field. The three-run homer proved to be all the offense the White Sox would need.
The Red Sox threatened to score in the seventh inning when they loaded the bases against Aaron Bummer and Kendall Graveman. But Alex Verdugo grounded out hard to second with two outs for the final out. Liam Hendriks recorded the final four outs for his 14th save of the year.
The start of the game was delayed by 30 minutes because of rain and White Sox reliever, Joe Kelly, exited in the eighth due to left hamstring tightness.
Lance Lynn will make at least three rehab starts in Triple-A Charlotte before he re-joins the White Sox. Eloy Jiménez will split time in the outfield and DH when he begins his rehab assignment in Charlotte this weekend.
What's On Tap Next For The Chicago White Sox?
Chicago will send Dallas Keuchel to the mound to face Michael Wacha and the Red Sox on Thursday. Keuchel allowed six runs in four innings en route to a 7-5 loss to the Yankees on May 21. You can watch the game on NBC Sports Net Chicago at 7:10 P.M. CDT.