9th-inning error sends Red Sox to third straight loss
CHICAGO -- Alexei Ramirez is making a habit out of scoring the game-winning run for the Chicago White Sox in the bottom of ninth inning.
A game after hitting a walk-off home run to beat the Cleveland Indians, Ramirez scored from second to beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 off a throwing error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts on Tuesday.
Daniel Webb (1-0) picked up his first career victory by pitching 1/3 scoreless innings, while Burke Badenhop took the loss for Boston (5-9). The defending world champion Red Sox have lost three straight games and four of their past five.
The White Sox (8-6) have won three straight, with Ramirez playing a big role in each of the past two. This time, he singled off Badenhop with one out in the ninth, extending his hitting streak to start the season to 14 games. After center fielder Adam Eaton drew a walk, Ramirez moved to second and scored on a ground ball up the middle by second baseman Marcus Semien.
Bogaerts fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw to first bounced and Mike Carp couldn't come up with it. Ramirez crossed the plate as the ball bounced into foul territory.
Coming into the game, White Sox relievers had yielded at least a run in 10 of the first 13 games, with four losses and four blown saves attributed to them. This time, they combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings in a win.
The Red Sox were unable to score on the Chicago bullpen despite putting two runners on in both the seventh and ninth.
Erik Johnson started for Chicago and matched his career high for innings by throwing 6 2/3 before leaving. He gave up three hits, walked two, allowed a run and took a no-decision, also setting a new career mark with nine strikeouts.
Boston starter Jake Peavy was just as good in his first return to Chicago since being traded to the Red Sox at the deadline last season. Peavy lasted six innings, gave up one run on three hits, walked four and struck out eight.
The lone runs allowed by each came off solo home runs by Chicago's Adam Dunn and Boston's Daniel Nava.
Dunn put Chicago up 1-0 in the second with his third homer of the season, which came one batter after a replay upheld a ruling that first baseman Jose Abreu was out at first on a softly hit ground ball up the middle.
Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli appeared to pull his foot off the bag while stretching to make the catch, but after a two-minute, 15-second review, the play stood as called by first-base umpire Cory Blaser.
After Dunn's homer, Peavy had to work out of a jam to keep it a one-run game. He got two strikeouts to end the inning, but not before the White Sox put two runners on base with a double and a walk.
Johnson matched the effort in the top of the third by striking out Bogaerts with runners at second and third to keep the Red Sox scoreless. Boston knotted it 1-1 in the fourth on Nava's homer to right, which he launched off Johnson's 3-1 fastball for his second home run of the season.
NOTES: It was a milestone night for Dunn, whose home run was the 443rd of his career and moved him past Dave Kingman for 38th in major league history. His walk in the fourth, also off good friend Peavy, was the 1,255th of his career, tying him with Rusty Staub for 49th all time. ... Before the game, the White Sox commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings with a video montage on the scoreboard and a moment of silence afterward. ... Players and coaches from both teams wore No. 42 on the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier. ... White Sox RF Avisail Garcia underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder. He is expected to be available for the start of spring training in 2015 after undergoing six months of rehabilitation. ... 2B Gordon Beckham (left oblique strain) could need up to a week longer on his injury rehab assignment with Double-A Birmingham. Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (left wrist inflammation) is expected to rejoin the starting lineup on Wednesday after receiving a cortisone shot Monday. ... RHP Koji Uehara (shoulder stiffness) played long toss and threw off flat ground again before the game. He is expected to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday and possibly be available to pitch in the series finale on Thursday. ... RF Shane Victorino (right hamstring strain) is in Boston waiting for details of his injury rehab assignment, which might be delayed a day or two by bad weather in the Northeast.