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BoSox foiled by ChiSox' Lopez

By PAUL SULLIVAN
Chicago Tribune

June 10. 2018 8:45PM
Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez (38) tags out Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) during the second inning at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)



BOSTON — Reynaldo Lopez posted another strong outing Sunday, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox before 36,998 at Fenway Park.

The White Sox won the series 2-1 and ended their road trip to Minnesota and Boston 4-3. They’re 2-0-1 in their three series in June after the players called a team meeting in Cleveland on May 30 following a sweep by the Indians.

Lopez allowed one earned run on six hits in 6 1/3 innings, earning his first win since May 20 against the Rangers. It was the 10th time in his 13 starts Lopez has allowed two or fewer earned runs.

The White Sox took the lead in the first on a leadoff single by former Boston prospect Yoan Moncada and a run-scoring double by Jose Abreu. The Red Sox tied it in the second on Rafael Devers’ RBI single on a Lopez changeup, but Lopez escaped furfurther damage when first baseman Matt Davidson fielded a grounder by Jackie Bradley Jr. and threw Devers out at the plate.

The next two White Sox runs came without the benefit of a hit. In the third, Abreu walked with one out before Daniel Palka grounded to second. The throw to second for the force eluded Devers, who was playing over on the shift, allowing Abreu to advance to third on the error.

After Davidson was hit by a pitch, Porcello walked Anderson to force home the go-ahead run.

With the White Sox still leading 2-1 in the sixth, Anderson drew a lead-off walk and advanced on a sacrifice by Charlie Tilson. Trayce Thompson hit a grounder to the right side that first baseman Mitch Moreland grabbed and threw to Porcello at the bag.

But Porcello stumbled and fell after touching the base, bumping into first base umpire James Hoye as Anderson continued running. Porcello’s throw to the plate was late, and the White Sox had a 3-1 lead.

Lopez ran into trouble in the sixth, walking Devers with two outs before Brock Holt singled. After a mound meeting with pitching coach Don Cooper, Lopez hit Bradley in the leg to load the bases.

But manager Rick Renteria left Lopez in to face switch-hitter Blake Swihart, who popped to Anderson in short left on a 98 mph fastball, ending the threat.

Lopez was removed after a one-out double in the seventh, and Jace Fry was called upon after Nate Jones loaded the bases. Fry induced a sharp grounder to second, but Moncada botched it for an error as the run scored.

But the Red Sox left the bases loaded again when Holt flied to center.

After a single by Moncada and a two-out intentional walk to Abreu in the eighth, Palka doubled to the gap in left-center on a 97 mph fastball from Matt Barnes, bringing home two insurance runs.

Joakim Soria threw a scoreless ninth for his eighth save.

Red Sox’ top pick signs $2.5 million bonus

The Red Sox have agreed to terms with first-round pick Triston Casas, a source confirmed to MassLive on Sunday. Casas will receive a bonus of $2,552,800, which is slot value for the No. 26 overall pick, and will be in Boston today to take a physical. Casas, a corner infielder from American Heritage High School in Florida, was never considered a threat not to sign with the Sox.

MassLive.com


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