Pablo Sandoval broke the tie by connecting a single in a four-run attack in the sixth inning, for the Boston Red Sox to beat the Chicago White Sox 4-1 on Wednesday.
Drew Pomeranz (5-3) had eight strikeouts to clinch his second straight win.
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Sandoval struck 4-3 in what was his first game since leaving Tuesday’s list of injured, which he entered with a sprained right knee.
The contribution of the “Kung Fu Panda” was good news for the Red Sox, who need help with the wood in moments when Dustin Pedroia has been left by a twist of the left wrist.
Chicago wasted a big opening for Mike Pelfrey and suffered his second straight loss after winning four of five. The burly right-hander threw five strikeouts in five innings, without conceding a touchdown.
He threw a two-hit ball, and has a 1.13 ERA in his last three engagements.
The defeat was for Anthony Swarzak (2-1).
For the Red Sox, the Venezuelan Sandoval 4-3 with a scored and produced. Puerto Rican Christian Vazquez 4-1 with two RBIs.
By the White Sox, the Dominicans Leury Garcia of 4-1, Melky Cabrera of 4-0. The Cuban Jose Abreu of 4-0. The Venezuelans Avisaíl Garcia of 4-2 with an annotated, Omar Narváez of 1-0.