BOSTON — An early flurry from the White Sox offense and a strong, seventh-inning knockout punch paced a series winner at Boston on Sunday, 10-4.
José Abreu, off to a slow start and dropped in the order from third to fifth, responded with two hits and four RBIs as the centerpiece of the Chicago offense. Edwin Encarnación, Eloy Jiménez and Nick Madrigal all had two hits as well.
Natch, Encarnación was injured sliding into second on his seventh-inning double and is day-to-day.
Abreu had a pair of two-out, two-run doubles, the first coming in the opening frame, with James McCann singling him in to put the White Sox up 3-0 before Dylan Cease even strode to the mound.
Cease was solid, not quite making it to the seventh but whiffing nine against three walks, a hit batsman, five hits and three runs. Most magnificent was his fifth inning, when he struck out the side — and J.D. Martinez for the third time.
Cease left the bases loaded with two out in the sixth, after Boston had rallied to tie. Jimmy Cordero came on and heroically whiffed Michael Chavis. Cordero would pitch two more innings, leaving with four hits and a run against two Ks.
After the Red Sox rallied to tie the game 3-3, the South Siders went ham on Carmines starter Matt Hall. Leury García singled in a run with nobody out to make it 4-3, but then a succession of two-out doubles — Encarnación, Abreu, Madrigal — pushed the White Sox run total to 10, and the game out of hand.
Kelvin Herrera came on for a 1-2-3 ninth, winnowing his ERA down to 37.80.
With Lucas Giolito on the 15-day IL with biceps tendinits, Matt Tomshaw makes his major league debut on Monday, back in Chicago, hosting Seattle. He’ll face off against Mariners lefty Marco Gonzales.
NOTES: 14 runs were scored in the game today, without a home run ... Edwin Encarnacíon was named the AL Player of the Week (1.313 OPS and 251 OPS+ through the first nine games of the season) ...
... Mike Moustakas was the NL Player of the Week.
Around the majors
- First star of the day is Randal Grichuk of the Blue Jays, who went 3-for-4 with two homers four RBIs, four runs and a walk in Toronto’s 8-5 win over the Yankees, who have dropped four of five. Giancarlo Stanton hit his fifth homer in the loss.
- The second star of the day is Fernando Tatis Jr., with a homer, four RBIs and two runs in a 13-9 Padres win over Colorado. San Diego improves to 9-1, best in the majors.
- Third star of the day is C.J. Cron, who went 3-of-4 with two homers, 3 RBIs, two runs and a walk in Detroit’s 4-3 win over Cleveland.
- Marcus Semien had two homers in Oakland’s 8-6 win at Minnesota.
- In Anaheim, Alex Bregman and José Altuve homered, and Roberto Osuna got the save, in an all-around disgusting, 6-5 win for the Astros that pushed their record to 7-3.
- The Marlins pounded out 17 hits in another win at Atlanta, pushing Miami’s record to 7-3.
- The north siders lost to the Diamondbacks at Wrigley again, dropping the Cubs record to 3-6.