MIAMI (AP) — Catcher Dioner Navarro scored the go-ahead run on a strikeout, capping a bizarre eighth-inning comeback that helped the Chicago White Sox beat the Miami Marlins 8-7 on Saturday night.
The White Sox blew an early 4-0 lead and trailed 7-6 to start the eighth. They rallied against Kyle Barraclough (6-3) with the help of a walk, two wild pitches and Justin Morneau’s first pinch-hit of the year, a double.
After Morneau tied it, the Sox had runners at the corners with two out. Melky Cabrera took a weak swing at a 2-2 pitch in the dirt, but the ball skipped away from catcher J.T. Realmuto, allowing Cabrera to reach first while Navarro came home from third.
Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton singled with two out in the ninth but was an easy out trying to stretch the hit into a double. He stumbled and fell approaching second base, was slow to rise and limped off the field.
The White Sox overcame another awful outing by James Shields, who allowed 10 hits and seven runs in three-plus innings. Shields has an ERA of 20.25 over his past three starts, all losses, and his ERA for the season with the Sox is 7.34.
Chicago used five relievers. Chris Beck (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his first career win, and David Robertson earned his 29th save.