Joe Kelly allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings taking a no-decision in the Red Sox‘ loss Monday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
It certainly wasn’t the best played game, but at least it provided some mild entertainment.
After three lead changes and three ties, the White Sox outlasted the Red Sox, 10-8 Monday night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox now haven’t won two straight games since their seven-game win streak ended July 8.
With the game tied at seven in the seventh, the White Sox scored two runs off Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr. He had allowed a run in the sixth as well, as he finished allowing three runs over two innings of work to take the loss.
Tommy Layne allowed another White Sox run in the ninth. The Red Sox scored one run in the ninth — a Pablo Sandoval single — to make it a two-run game, but that was all they could get as they had the tying run on first base.
Chicago jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Red Sox even stepped into the batters box. Joe Kelly allowed four first inning runs, as the first six batters of the reach reached base, including three extra-base hits (back-to-back triples) to open the game.
The Red Sox battled back and tied the game at four after two innings. David Ortiz hit another home run in the first inning, a two-run shot (his third in two games) and then Jemile Weeks and Mookie Betts each had RBI singles in the second.
Kelly allowed another run in the third inning, which would ultimately be his last, as the right-hander went 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits, while striking out two. It was the second time in his last three starts where he failed to make it out of the fourth inning.
But once again the Red Sox fought back, taking the lead in the fourth inning. Betts had an infield single and they scored another when third baseman Tyler Saladino booted a Hanley Ramirez grounder.
Craig Breslow allowed a run in his only inning of relief of Kelly, which allowed the White Sox to tie the game at six at the time. The teams then traded runs, as the Red Sox scored an unearned run in the fifth and the White Sox scored a run off Ross Jr. in the sixth making it a 7-7 game until Ross allowed the two seventh inning runs.
The two teams also combined for three errors.
Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:
WHAT WENT WRONG
— Kelly was brutal. After just five pitches he had allowed three extra-base hits and two runs. His ERA now sits at 5.94, which is the second-worst in the AL (min. 80 IP). It’s hard to imagine Kelly makes his next start in the rotation, as there’s a chance he gets shifted to the bullpen.
— The Red Sox bullpen wasn’t much better, as it allowed runs in three straight innings — the fifth through the seventh. Alexi Ogando, Breslow and Ross Jr. all allowed at least one run before Junichi Tazawa threw a scoreless eighth inning. Layne couldn’t keep the good vibes going as he allowed a run in the ninth.
— Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-4 in the game, including 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. He came into the game leading the American League, hitting at a .405 clip.
— Mike Napoli was ejected from the game after striking out looking in the first inning by home plate umpire Toby Basner.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
— Ortiz has been swinging a hot bat of late, as evident not only by his three home runs in two games, but the way he is hitting them. His second one Sunday night was to left-center and his homer Monday was to dead-center. Before being benched for two games in Texas after 43 games to find his swing, he had just six homers, but in the 47 games since he has 14.
— Betts went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. He came into the game 2-for-14 on the homestand. The game marked his sixth three-hit game of the year and first since July 2.