White Sox win with walk-off Garcia home run
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CHICAGO (AP) — Leury Garcia hit a game-ending home run with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Boston Red Sox 2-1 Sunday.
After Boston reliever Garrett Whitlock (8-4) struck out Eloy Jiménez and Yasmani
Grandal to begin the inning, Garcia fell behind 0-2 before hitting a 98 mph fastball over the center-field fence. It was the fifth homer of the season for Garcia, who is filling in at shortstop with starter Tim Anderson on the injured list.
Chicago took a 1-0 lead and a three-hit shutout into the ninth before Craig Kimbrel (4- 4) struggled with his control and blew the save.
Kiké Hernández led off with a double to center. After Kyle Schwarber struck out, Kimbrel walked Hunter Renfroe and Rafael Devers to load the bases. Alex Verdugo followed with a tying sacrifice fly to left.
The teams combined for just eight hits, and the game developed into a pitcher’s duel despite the fact both starters were making their first appearances since August.
The White Sox broke through in the sixth inning with an unearned run. César Hernández led off and reached on a throwing error by second baseman Kiké Hernández. César Hernández was sacrificed to second and scored on a single by Luis Robert to make it 1-0.
White Sox: Anderson (left hamstring strain) ran the bases as part of his pregame workout on Sunday…. OF Andrew Vaughn wasn’t avail- able for a second straight game because of soreness in both legs.
White Sox: They haven’t named a starter for Tuesday night in the opener of a three- game series with the Angels. LHP Packy Naughton (0-1, 2.57 ERA) will pitch for Los Angeles.