CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Burger hit a three-run homer off Rich Hill, Lucas Giolito overcame a shaky first inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Red Sox 3-1 on Wednesday to end a six-game winning streak. from Boston.
The White Sox won for the fourth time in six games and went from .500 to 22-21.
Burger, recalled Tuesday from Triple-A Charlotte after Luis Robert was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list, hit a breakout pitch 0-2 in the fifth inning that traveled about 444 feet.
Giolito (3-1) threw 27 pitches in the first but allowed fewer than two runs for the fourth time this season.
Hill (1-2) kept the White Sox hitless for four innings, but quickly lost the lead. Jose Abreu led off the fifth with a double to right, and AJ Pollock reached on a throwing error by third baseman Rafael Devers that preceded Burger’s home run.
Liam Hendriks got the final four outs for his 14th save in 17 attempts.
Hill extended his streak of allowing four or fewer earned runs to 79 starts, the longest active streak in the majors.
He had no margin for error, as the Red Sox went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Boston averaged nine runs per game during its winning streak but stranded 10 running backs on Wednesday.
Alex Verdugo’s two-out single scored JD Martinez in the first, but the Red Sox couldn’t add more despite putting runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings against Giolito.
Giolito retired his last seven batters, capped by a diving catch by right fielder Andrew Vaughn that robbed Christian Vazquez of a hit to end the sixth.
The Red Sox loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh against Aaron Bummer and Kendall Graveman, but Verdugo grounded to second.
White Sox reliever Joe Kelly struck out two in the eighth but walked slowly off the field due to a strained left hamstring. It will be evaluated on Thursday morning.
The start of the match was delayed 30 minutes due to rain.
Red Sox: RHP Josh Winckowski will likely start Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Orioles, manager Alex Cora said. Winckowski is 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA in seven starts at Worchester. RHP Nathan Eovaldi will start the first game.
White Sox: RHP Lance Lynn (right knee surgery) will need at least three rehab starts at Charlotte before rejoining the White Sox. “We’re going to have a lot of people watching him because there’s nothing worse than getting emotional, getting him back and then losing him,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. … Eloy Jimenez (right hamstring surgery) will split his time between the outfield and designated hitter when he begins his rehab assignment at Charlotte this weekend.
Red Sox: RHP Michael Wacha (3-0, 1.76) will face the White Sox on Thursday. Wacha allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings in a 7-3 win over the Mariners on May 20.
White Sox: LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-4, 6.60) will face the Red Sox on Thursday. Keuchel allowed six runs in four innings in a 7-5 loss to the Yankees on May 21.
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