CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox (19-9) will take on the Boston Red Sox (16-11) in the rubber match of their three game set on Thursday evening at U.S. Cellular Field on the south side of Chicago.
The White Sox took game one of the three game tilt between the two division leaders on Monday night, on the heels of another near perfect outing by starter Jose Quintana. Quintana allowed only one run on four base hits over eight innings pitched. Quintana pushed his record to 4-1, and lowered his ERA to 1.16 on the season with the victory.
With the White Sox leading 2-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning Jose Abreu laced a two-run
double down the left field line, extending the White Sox lead to 4-1. That would be all that they need, as David Robertson would shut to BoSox down in the top half of the ninth inning for his ninth save of the year.
In game two, Carlos Rodon took the loss on the evening as the Red Sox earned a 5-2 victory. Rodon allowed three runs on six hits over six innings pitched on Wednesday night at the Cell’. Rodon had a 2-1 lead with two outs in the top of the fifth inning, before Big Papi took him deep for a two-run homer, putting the Red Sox up 3-2 at the time.
The White Sox offense was stymied by Clay Buckholz, who earned his first victory of the season, allowing only a two-run homer to Jose Abreu in the bottom of the first inning.
Erik Johnson will make his first start of the season for the White Sox on Thursday evening, after he was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte this week to replace veteran John Danks who was designated for assignment. Johnson will be opposed by Henry Owens who has no record, and a 4.82 ERA in two starts this season.
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