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Red Sox 3, White Sox 1: Classic pitchers' duel blown by bullpen

Chris Sale and Jon Lester brought their "A" games to the ballpark tonight

Adam Eaton robbed Big Papi in the first inning
Adam Eaton robbed Big Papi in the first inning
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Chris Sale struck out 10. Jon Lester was perfect into the sixth inning. Them boys were bringing it while you were watching hockey.

Sale had some help early, as Adam Eaton made a pretty play going back and timing his jump perfectly to rob David Ortiz in the first inning.

Xander Bogaerts got a hold of one in the sixth inning and smashed it into the stands for his second HR of the year and a 1-0 Red Sox lead. Our plucky White Sox came right back in the bottom of the frame, as they do. After Alejandro De Aza grounded out to start the inning, Tyler Flowers singled and Leury Garcia hit a ground-rule double putting two men in scoring position. An infield single by Eaton tied the game back up.

The Condor started to run out of gas in the seventh inning with his pitch count over 100. He walked two BoSox in the inning and worked the count full with two outs to Ryan Roberts, but hunkered down and blew him away with a 94 mph fastball low and away to take us to the stretch. While his command wasn't always there, his stuff was untouchable. He ended the night with 10 strikeouts, three walks, and the Bogaerts homer his only hit surrendered. He hit a career high with 127 pitches thrown. The world champs see a lot of pitches.

The White Sox threatened in the bottom of the seventh, but after a De Aza double down the line into the corner, Adam Dunn tried to score from first and as you can imagine that didn't end well.

Speaking of things not going well, the White Sox bullpen took over in the eighth. Ronald Belisario picked up where they left off yesterday and walked the speedy Jackie Bradley Jr. to start the inning. Earlier in the broadcast, Steve Stone said the dreaded leadoff walk scored about 35 percent of the time in baseball, and Hawk finished saying they were scoring at a 65 percent clip against the White Sox. Well, that number has come down since then, because neither leadoff walk scored in the seventh or eighth, when Paul Konerko made a nice stab on a scalded grounder to his right and turned a 3-6-3 double play for two outs. Belisario got a strikeout to end the inning.

Tyler Flowers had his fifth multi-hit game of the season. I can't recall getting this much production from the bottom of the order since the 2005 and 2006 teams, small sample size be damned. They went first and third with two outs on an infield single by Marcus Semien, but a face high fastball struck out Dayan Viciedo to end the eighth to strand them.

Belisario gave up a run in his second inning of work when David Ross hit a double down into the right field corner with one out and two on. They loaded the bases with an IBB to Daniel Nava and in came Scott Downs. The Red Sox bunted in Grady Sizemore before a double play sent the White Sox to the dugout for their last three outs.

Koji Uehara came on for the save in the ninth.

Jon Lester's line on the night: Eight innings, scattering seven hits and zero walks to nine strikeouts for a hard-earned win.

Alexei Ramirez got a base hit with two outs in the ninth to go 1-for-4, setting a franchise record with a 16-game hitting streak to start the season.

Konerko got his second start of the season at first base. He went 0-for-4 -- strikeout, foul out, fly out, foul out.

Record: 8-8 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights