Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox catcher, David Ross, who had the go-ahead RBI tonight as the Red Sox beat the White Sox behind a brilliant pitching performance from Jon Lester.

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Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox catcher, David Ross, who had the go-ahead RBI tonight as the Red Sox beat the White Sox behind a brilliant pitching performance from Jon Lester.

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[0:00:39] ... goes out knowing that you accused him coach he so credit Jon Jon Lester was that -- -- they want. Did a great game to anyone and I mean you're you're right profane U if you had great defense tonight is timely hitting to pitching was off the charts I mean look I'll start off with them -- a home run -- David Ortiz you have like. I mean if your baseball fan -- that that's it's a classic these guys battled. Sale was on the ...
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The Red Sox once again didn’t come away with a bunch of hits Thursday night, but David Ross made sure the one he claimed counted.

The Red Sox once again didn’t come away with a bunch of hits Thursday night, but David Ross made sure the one he claimed counted.

The Red Sox once again didn’t come away with a bunch of hits Thursday night, but David Ross made sure the one he claimed counted.

With one out in the ninth, Ross ripped a double to right field, scoring Mike Napoli and paving the way for a Red Sox a 3-1 win over the White Sox.

The Red Sox had entered the ninth with just one hit before Mike Napoli claimed an infield single against Ronald Belisario. Mike Carp followed with a pinch-hit single, with the Red Sox catcher then coming through with the go-ahead RBI.

After an intentional walk to Daniel Nava, Jonathan Herrera greeted Scott Downs with a perfectly executed bunt single, handing the visitors an insurance run.

Both Red Sox starter Jon Lester and his White Sox counterpart, Chris Sale, saw no-hitters broken up with one out in their respective half of the sixth inning. For Lester, the Tyler Flowers single — just out of the reach of shortstop Xander Bogaerts — ended a perfect game.

In the visitors half of the sixth, Bogaerts broke up Sale’s no-hit bid, rocketing a solo home run over the left field wall. The homer was the first surrendered by the lefty this season, and the rookie’s first of his 2014 campaign. Prior to giving up the long ball on his 95th pitch, Sale had struck out nine batters through 5 1/3 innings.

The Red Sox’ lead was short-lived, however. Leury Garcia followed Flowers with a ground-rule double over the head of Nava. Adam Eaton proceeded to knot things up with an infield hit, beating Lester to the bag on a grounder to Napoli.

Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:

WHAT WENT RIGHT

- The Red Sox cut down the potential go-ahead run in the seventh inning thanks to a stellar relay from right fielder Daniel Nava to second baseman Dustin Pedroia to catcher David Ross. The play came as a result of a Alejandro De Aza liner into the right field corner, with Adam Dunn coming all the way around from first base. Dunn would be tagged out by Ross on a close play at the plate, ending the seventh.

- The Red Sox continued to pick up their pace when it comes to drawing walks, following a 15-walk night with four more. Prior to Wednesday night, the Sox had gone five straight contests without notching more than three free passes. The patience helped force Sale to throw a career-high 127 pitches through his seven innings.

- Carp helped also alter the issues facing Red Sox pinch-hitters this season, coming away with the team’s second pinch-hit of the season. The Sox are now 2-for-10 with a walk in such situations.

- Koji Uehara looked like the same old Koji Uehara in making his return to the mound, allowing just one ninth-inning hit in picking up the save.

WHAT WENT WRONG

- Since the Red Sox left Fenway just more than a week ago, their offense has been the worst in baseball. They came into the series finale tied with Houston for fewest hits (36) over the previous six games, and Thursday night’s production didn’t do much to push their way up the list.

- It looked as though the Red Sox would get to Sale in the first inning when David Ortiz launched a deep fly ball to center field. But Eaton raced back, leaped up and grabbed the blast just before it went over the wall. It would be the closest the Red Sox would come to claiming a hit off Sale until Bogaerts’ homer.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

The initial weeks of the Red Sox season have been characterized mostly for the players whom the team has lost or come close to losing.

Koji Uehara is available to pitch on Thursday night. (AP)

Koji Uehara is available to pitch on Thursday night. (AP)

The initial weeks of the Red Sox season have been characterized mostly for the players whom the team has lost or come close to losing. Already, the team has endured disabled list stints by Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks, while enduring scares with Dustin Pedroia, Koji Uehara and Mike Napoli.

But for the first time, the Red Sox have enjoyed a stretch of what appears to be steady improvement in their outlook. Pedroia missed just two games with his left wrist inflammation before returning on Wednesday night. Napoli, after missing one game following the dislocation of a finger on his left hand, showed enough improvement and diminished swelling to return to the lineup for Thursday night’s game against the White Sox. Koji Uehara, after missing six games with stiffness in his shoulder, likewise was expected to be available to pitch in Thursday night’s game should the need arise.

 Meanwhile, Shane Victorino is expected to start his minor league rehab assignment on Saturday, likely in Pawtucket, manager John Farrell told reporters. Victorino is currently slated to play on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday in the minors, at which point he’ll be re-evaluated with the possibility of activation during the Sox’ series at home against the Yankees next Tuesday through Thursday.

However, the Sox did receive imperfect medical news on one front, as Middlebrooks had to be sent back to Boston from Chicago after coming down with the flu. That, in turn, has delayed the progress of his rehab from his calf strain. His timetable for a rehab assignment has yet to be established.

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

– Farrell praised the work of left-hander Chris Capuano, who earned the victory with 2 2/3 scoreless innings in Wednesday’s 14-inning exercise in endurance. He noted that Capuano has carried his full starter’s mix into his work out of the bullpen to considerable effect.

“He’€™s given us such dependability in a short period of time down there with his strike throwing and being able to get right-handers and left-handers out with equal success,” Farrell told reporters. “He’€™s added to the overall depth of that bullpen. It’€™s been very good. … The biggest thing is their ability to throw multiple pitches. He and [Craig Breslow] are two guys that are similar and they take somewhat of a starters approach to shorter stints in that they’€™re using a number of different types of pitches. They’€™ve been dependable.’€

– While the Red Sox had just two infield hits between the second and 13th innings on Wednesday, Farrell praised the offensive approach that netted 15 walks in that span.

“The thing that stands in more than anything is we didn’€™t cash in at-bats late in the game. We continued to stay with our overall approach and that was to be selective,” Farrell told reporters. “Sure, we benefited from a high number of walks and that may be more the rarity, but still the approach at the plate was not giving at-bats away. And I think we demonstrated last night what we saw on a number of occasions last year.”

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier
Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien checks in live from Chicago for our weekly chat about the state of the Sox.

The Red Sox will be going up against one of the top young pitchers in the game in White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, and so it was likely with a mixture of relief and excitement that Red Sox manager John Farrell was able to write Mike Napoli‘s name back into the cleanup spot in his

Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is back in the lineup after missing a day following a dislocated finger. (AP)

Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is back in the lineup after missing a day following a dislocated finger. (AP)

The Red Sox will be going up against one of the top young pitchers in the game in White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, and so it was likely with a mixture of relief and excitement that Red Sox manager John Farrell was able to write Mike Napoli‘s name back into the cleanup spot in his lineup. After he suffered a gruesome dislocation of the ring finger on his left hand in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game, Napoli missed Wednesday’s 14-inning marathon. But the one day was all that he required to be ready for a return to action.

Dustin Pedroia will remain in the leadoff spot, while Ryan Roberts gets the start at third base against the left-handed Sale. Grady Sizemore is sitting out of the contest, with Jackie Bradley Jr. remaining in what appears increasingly like his everyday spot in center field, flanked by Jonny Gomes in left and Daniel Nava in right. David Ross gets the start at catcher for Jon Lester.

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RED SOX LINEUP

Dustin Pedroia, 2B

Xander Bogaerts, SS

David Ortiz, DH

Mike Napoli, 1B

Jonny Gomes, LF

David Ross, C

Daniel Nava, RF

Ryan Roberts, 3B

Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Jon Lester, SP

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier