Moreland’s HR lifts Red Sox over White Sox 3-2

Boston Red Sox's Mitch Moreland, center right, celebrates his walkoff home run with teammates including Mookie Betts, second from left, during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Boston, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are tough to beat in extra innings. Tough at home, too.

Mitch Moreland homered with two outs in the 11th inning, lifting the Red Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

“It would be a lot more fun to win them in nine I think, but as long as we’re getting the win I think we’ll take it,” Moreland said. “It’s always fun to do that and carry a little momentum into the next day.”

Moreland, a defensive replacement in the 10th, drove a pitch from Aaron Bummer over the Green Monster for his 14th of the season. It was the second game-ending homer this week for the Red Sox, who improved to 10-3 in extra innings.

“We’ve been there so much that you try to find ways not to put pressure on yourself. It probably makes it a little bit easier,” Moreland said.

Bummer (0-2) was one strike away from pushing the game to the 12th, but left a slider over the plate and a little up in the zone for Moreland.

“It could have been a better pitch — it definitely should have been a better pitch and he got it,” Bummer said. “I wanted to bury it, especially with two strikes. I just left it out over the plate. Easy pitch for him to track and go the other way with.”

The AL East-leading Red Sox earned their fourth consecutive victory and moved three games ahead of the second-place Yankees, who lost 7-2 at Cleveland. They also improved to 34-20 at Fenway Park.

Carlos Rodon matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings for Chicago, which has dropped four straight and nine of 11. The White Sox were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.

Eduardo Nunez hit a tying solo homer for Boston in the sixth, and Heath Hembree (2-3) got three outs for the win.

Boston had only one hit before opening the fifth with three straight singles. Chris Young drove in Rafael Devers with a single to left, and the Red Sox loaded the bases with one out when Jackie Bradley Jr. reached on an infield hit.

Rodon then got Mookie Betts to bounce into a fielder’s choice and struck out Andrew Benintendi to end the inning.

Chicago struck first on Nicky Delmonico’s two-run double with two runs in the fourth. It was the first career double for Delmonico, who hit his first homer Thursday night.

Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six innings for Boston. He allowed four hits and struck out five on a season-high 118 pitches.

 

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