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Red Sox 5, White Sox 4: Jeff Samardzija stuck with loss

Ninth-inning rally comes up short after two crooked numbers spoil Shark's start

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A bullet-point recap after spending the day flying across the country:

*Jeff Samardzija had a frustrating night, allowing five runs over  5 2/3 innings, and both on crooked numbers. He hung a 2-0 slider to Rusney Castillo with two outs in the second, and the combination of a good Castillo swing and a gusty wind carried it over the center field fence to put the White Sox down 3-1.

Then, after settling down and retiring 10 of 11, including a strikeout to start the sixth, five consecutive Red Sox reached in the sixth. Samardzija couldn't even take advantage of the defense stepping up, as a relay gunned down Castillo at third after he failed at stretching a double into a triple for the second out. Samardzija went from cruising with a respectable 77 pitches through being unable to finish the sixth on 102 pitches.

*His offense almost got him off the hook. Jose Abreu (batting second again) led off with a double, moved to third on a groundout, then scored on a classic Avisail Garcia infield single. Adam LaRoche first-to-thirded him with still one out, and an Alexei Ramirez fielder's choice made it a 5-4 game. Alas, the rally died one batter later on a Carlos Sanchez flyout to foul territory in left.

*The White Sox can't quite complain about wind-aided homers, as Abreu rode the breeze out to right on a rolling Joe Kelly breaking ball in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. It was Abreu's 24th homer of the year, giving him 60 and counting over his first two seasons.

*While the White Sox rocked Joe Kelly the first time they saw him this season, they had no such luck tonight. Kelly tied a career high by lasting 7 1/3 innings, limiting Chicago to two runs on five hits and a walk. Adam Eaton scored the other run off Kelly, leading off the sixth with a double and making it the rest of the way on a pair of groundouts.

*At least the White Sox cashed in that run. Alexei Ramirez led off the fifth with a double -- he was originally called out at second, but a replay showed that Ramirez pulled off one of his clever slides, this time stuttering his foot and redirecting it to the inside of the base, when Brock Holt's tag anticipated an outer-half arrival.

*Garcia didn't have as much luck with his attempt at second, as Castillo threw him out from right field when Garcia slid past the base and Xander Bogaerts held the tag.

Record: 58-65 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights