Chris Sale suffered hardship on his return to his former home, but Deven Marrero hit two of the Boston Red Sox’s six homers to knock out the Chicago White Sox 13-7 on Tuesday.
Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr, Xander Bogaerts and Mitch Moreland contributed the other balls, which represented the highest number achieved by Boston in the season.
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The Red Sox won for the seventh time in nine innings, after the expected duel between starters did not live up to expectations.
Sale (6-2) was greeted with hospitality from the crowd, but his previous team beat him up. The five-time All-Star pitcher admitted six runs and 10 hits – his worst season stats – for five events in what was his first appearance against the White Sox.
Marrero produced five runs and doubled his home run total in the season. After hitting two stunts in his first 59 major duels, he fired one in the second inning, immediately after Betts had done the same.
In the third inning, he ended the job of Colombian Jose Quintana (2-7) by a three-lap shot that put the slate in 7-3.
Craig Kimbrell settled the last inning and a third to register his 14th rescue in 15 attempts.
For the Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez of 4-0. The Venezuelan Sandy Leon of 4-0 with an annotated one.
For the White Sox, the Dominicans Leury Garcia of 5-3 with two annotated and one produced, Melky Cabrera of 5-3. The Cuban Jose Abreu of 4-1 with two impelled. Venezuelans Avisaíl Garcia of 5-2 with an annotated, Yolmer Sánchez of 3-0 with an annotated one.