Red Sox - 000 000 021 - 3 7 0 White Sox - 000 000 000 - 0 6 0Travis Shaw broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer and Rick Porcello (7-5-0-0-5, 94) was magnificent in his first start since coming off the disabled list.
In the top of the eighth, Xander Bogaerts (2 singles and a walk) singled with one out. Shaw belted a line drive dong (#7) to right field with two outs. Robbie Ross pitched a perfect eighth.
Boston added an insurance run in the ninth, as Josh Rutledge's sacrifice fly scored Blake Swihart. In the bottom of the ninth, Junichi Tazawa allowed a leadoff infield single to Melky Cabrera (3-for-4) before getting the next three outs: Avisail Garcia forced Cabrera at second, Adam LaRoche flied to center, and Alexei Ramirez grounded to shortstop.
AL East: Toronto won big while the Yankees lost to the Astros, so the Blue Jays have a 2-game lead.
Dave O'Brien talks about taking over as the Red Sox's TV play-by-play man:
It's very exciting for me personally because in this situation to be able to continue to do the Red Sox, which has been a dream of mine. ... I didn't expect it. I didn't anticipate that happening at all, so I'm kind of in a state of shock.Jerry Remy comments on his relationship with Don Orsillo:
For the last 15 years it's been an absolute pleasure to work with Don. ... He's been an outstanding partner for 15 years and I'm truly going to miss him — on a work-related side, and I'm going to miss him on a personal side because he's also become a very, very close friend of mine. ... He's terrific at what he does. He's been absolutely fabulous to work with. I love him.Gordon Edes writes that in an extremely disappointing season, the news about Orsillo "came without any warning whatsoever ... [and] felt like the worst loss of all".
Hanley Ramirez is open to playing first base (he worked out there yesterday): "I think with me at first, we're going to have a better team on the field, competing every day." ... David Ortiz says Ramirez has received a bad rap this season: "Hanley has a good attitude about everything. It sucks that people are criticizing him, a guy who is trying to learn a new position. ... Playing in the outfield is more difficult than what people think it is."