Red Sox Down Chicago in 14 Innings
(CHICAGO, Ill.) -- Jackie Bradley, Jr. hit a double down the right field line to score two runs and give the Boston Red Sox a 6-4 lead in the top of the 14th inning against the White Sox on Wednesday night. Chicago ran out of pitchers in the game and was forced to send infielder Leury Garcia to the hill in the 14th.
Boston (6-9) took a lead in the first when Xander Bogaerts singled to drive in Dustin Pedroia for the first run of the game. The White Sox scored the next three runs, taking a 3-1 lead on Alexi Ramirez's two-run homer in the sixth. Ramirez went 1-for-6 and tied a franchise record for consecutive games with a hit to start the season at 15. That looked to be enough even after the Red Sox added a run on AJ Peirzynski's sacrifice fly in the top of the eight.
However, Maikel Cleto walked the first two batters he faced in the top of the ninth before being relieved by Matt Lindstrom who promptly got David Ortiz to fly out. After a Johnny Gomes infield single loaded the bases, Grady Sizemore hit a sacrifice fly to tie things up and help force extra innings.
Chicago (8-7) rallied in extras after Gomes' sac fly gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead in the top of the 11th inning. Travis Flowers singled off reliever Edward Mujica to plate Jor Danks and ensure that the contest would continue. Garcia took the mound in the top of the 14th, retiring the first two batters he faced. Boston then worked two walks before Bradley recorded his first hit of the game to break the tie.
Chris Capuano (1-0) got the win going two and two-thirds innings in relief as Burke Badenhop got the final out of the game, replacing Capuano in the bottom of the 14th, for his first save of the year. Garcia (0-1) took the loss as White Sox pitchers walked 15 batters in the game.
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