Shaw singles in 10th, Red Sox beat White Sox 9-8
Travis Shaw hit a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning after belting a three-run homer in the third and the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 9-8 on Saturday night.
Filling in with J.D. Martinez scratched from the lineup, Shaw capped a seven-run third with a drive that made it 7-2 and chased Chicago starter Dylan Cease.
The AL Central-leading White Sox tied it with five in the fourth and took an 8-7 lead in the fifth when Yasmani Grandal homered off Ryan Brasier. Boston tied it in the eighth on Enrique Hernández's sacrifice fly against Craig Kimbrel.
Alex Verdugo started the 10th on second and moved up on Bobby Dalbec's grounder to first. Shaw then lined a tiebreaking single to right against Mike Wright (0-1).
Grandal singled leading off the bottom half against Josh Taylor to put runners on first and third. Leury García and Danny Mendick struck out before Brian Goodwin grounded to second to end the game.
Garrett Whitlock (8-3) worked two scoreless innings. Taylor earned his first career save, and the Red Sox came out on top after losing four of five.
Chicago's Luis Robert had four hits, including a three-run double, and Garcia homered.
Cease lasted 2 2/3 innings in his shortest start this year. He matched a season high by giving up seven runs and set one with five walks while allowing four hits and throwing 71 pitches.
Cease did join Chris Sale, Javier Vazquez, Esteban Loaiza and Lucas Giolito as the only White Sox pitchers with 200 strikeouts in a season, fanning five to give him 202. But that was about the only positive for him.
Boston starter Connor Seabold went three innings in his major league debut, allowing two runs and three hits.
The Red Sox sent Brad Peacock to Triple-A Worcester with Seabold being recalled from the minor league club. Peacock made two appearances and one start, allowing nine runs in 5 1/3 innings, after being acquired from Cleveland on Aug. 30.
Red Sox: DH J.D. Martinez (back spasms) was scratched from the lineup for the second straight game. ... RHP Matt Barnes and LHP Martín Pérez are headed to rehab assignments with Worcester. Manager Alex Cora said Barnes will likely need two rehab outings, with Pérez making one or two. Both are on the COVID-19 list.
White Sox: Manager Tony La Russa said the White Sox will likely use RHP Reynaldo López as a sixth starter with LHP Carlos Rodón probably getting extended rest between outings. Rodón went five innings in Friday's win - his first start since Sept. 1, after having his turn pushed back because of shoulder soreness.
White Sox RHP Lance Lynn (10-4, 2.59 ERA) makes his first start since Aug. 28, while RHP Nick Pivetta (9-7, 4.67) gets the ball for Boston after ace Chris Sale tested positive for COVID-19. Lynn was sidelined by right knee inflammation.