Lopez, Palka help White Sox beat Red Sox 5-2
BOSTON (AP) — Reynaldo Lopez pitched into the seventh inning, Daniel Palka had a two-run double and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 Sunday.
Lopez (2-4) gave up two runs and six hits while striking out six with three walks in 6 1/3 innings to improve to 1-3 in eight road starts this season.
Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson and Trayce Thompson added one RBI apiece for Chicago, which won two of three in the series and six of its last 10 overall. The White Sox finished their seven-game road trip at 4-3, capping their second winning trip of the season.
Joakim Soria pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save.
Rafael Devers drove in a run for Boston, which has lost three of four.
Red Sox starter Rick Porcello (8-3) gave up three runs and five hits over six innings, walking three and striking out five.
Abreu ripped an RBI double to left field on the 11th pitch of the game, scoring Yoan Moncada from first to put Chicago ahead 1-0. Devers tied it with his RBI single to center in the second after J.D. Martinez’s leadoff double.
Porcello hit Matt Davidson on the hand with a fastball to load the bases with one down in the third. Omar Narvaez popped out to shortstop the next at-bat, but Porcello walked Tim Anderson to force in a run and put Chicago ahead 2-1.
Porcello won a foot race to first on Thompson’s one-out grounder in the sixth, but stumbled into first base umpire Quinn Wolcott. Anderson took advantage, rounding third and easily beating Porcello’s throw home for a 3-1 lead.
Moncada booted Eduardo Nunez’s two-out grounder to second in the seventh that would have allowed the White Sox to escape a bases-loaded jam, bringing the Red Sox within a run. Palka’s double to left with two out in the ninth sealed the win.
White Sox: OF Adam Engel (right hamstring strain) missed his fourth straight game.
Red Sox: OF Mookie Betts (10-day disabled list, left abdominal strain) continues to progress towards a rehab assignment. Manager Alex Cora said Betts would hit in the cage during Sunday’s game. ... 2B Dustin Pedroia (10-day DL, left knee inflammation) still has discomfort, but will travel on the team’s upcoming road trip. “It’s been a slow process,” Cora said.
White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (4-6, 7.08 ERA) faces Cleveland on Monday to begin a seven-game homestand.
Red Sox: RHP Steven Wright (2-0, 1.57 ERA) starts the opener of a 10-game road trip Monday in Baltimore.
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