Burger home run off Hill lifts White Sox over Red Sox


CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Burger hit a three-run homer off Rich Hill, Lucas Giolito overcame a shaky first inning and the Chicago White socks beat the Red Sox 3-1 Wednesday night to end Boston’s six-game winning streak.

The White Sox won for the fourth time in six games and improved from .500 to 22-21.

Burger, recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday after Luis Robert was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list, hit a 0-2 breaking pitch in the fifth inning that traveled about 444 feet.

Giolito (3-1) threw 27 first pitches but still allowed under two runs for the fourth time this season.

Hill (1-2) held the White Sox to no hitter for four innings, but quickly lost its lead. Jose Abreu led the fifth with a double from the opposite field on the right, and AJ Pollock reached on a throwing error from third baseman Rafael Devers that preceded Burger’s homer.

Liam Hendriks had the last four outs to earn his 14th save in 17 tries.

Hill extended his streak of four earned runs or fewer to 79 starts, the longest active streak in the majors.

He had no margin for error, as the Red Sox were 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position. Boston averaged nine points per game during its winning streak but blocked 10 runners on Wednesday.

Alex Verdugo’s two-out single scored JD Martinez in the first, but the Red Sox failed to add more despite putting runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings against Giolito.

Giolito struck out his last seven batters, capped by a diving catch from right fielder Andrew Vaughn that deprived Christian Vazquez of a hit to finish the sixth.

The Red Sox loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh against Aaron Bummer and Kendall Graveman, but Verdugo failed in the second.

White Sox reliever Joe Kelly struck out two in the eighth but slowly left the field with a left hamstring strain. It will be evaluated Thursday morning.

The start of the match was delayed by 30 minutes due to rain.

ROTATIONAL ROUNDING

Red Sox: RHP Josh Winckowski will likely start Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Orioles, manager Alex Cora said. Winckowski is 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA in seven starts at Worchester. RHP Nathan Eovaldi will start the first game.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: RHP Lance Lynn (right knee surgery) will need at least three starts in rehab in Charlotte before joining the White Sox. “We’re going to have a lot of people watching it because there’s nothing worse than getting upset, getting it back and then losing it,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. … Eloy Jiménez (right hamstring tendon surgery) will split his time between outfield and designated hitter when he begins rehabilitation in Charlotte this weekend.

NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Michael Wacha (3-0, 1.76) will face the White Sox on Thursday. Wacha allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings in a 7-3 win over the Mariners on May 20.

White Sox: LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-4, 6.60) will face the Red Sox on Thursday. Keuchel allowed six runs over four innings in a 7-5 loss to the Yankees on May 21.

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