Following a grueling five-hour game for their teams a night earlier, White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester did their best to speed along Thursday night’s game at U.S. Cellular Field.
Each left-hander had a no-hitter through five innings before both teams broke through with a run in the sixth.
Red Sox catcher David Ross hit an RBI double off Belisario in the ninth inning to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead. Jonathan Herrera’s bunt single with the bases loaded off Downs pushed the Red Sox lead to 3-1.
Sale pitched 5 2/3 hitless innings Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field before Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts ruined the fun.
Bogaerts hit his first home run of the season to left field with two outs in the sixth inning to break up Sale’s bid for a no-hitter and give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead.
Sale lasted seven innings, allowing just that hit, walking three and striking out 10, his 11th career game with at least 10 strikeouts. White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton helped Sale out early on, robbing the Red Sox of a first-inning homer when he made a leaping grab of David Ortiz’s fly ball to center field.
Tyler Flowers ended Lester’s perfect game in the sixth with a single to Bogaerts, and Leury Garcia followed with a ground-rule double. Flowers scored on Eaton’s single to tie the game at 1-1.
White Sox captain Paul Konerko made his first start at home this season Thursday night.