The Boston Red Sox still have the best record in the American League.
They opened a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon and earned a 7-4 victory on a chilly day.
These teams exchanged the lead four times, with the Red Sox pulling ahead for good thanks to a four-run eighth inning headlined by Marwin Gonzalez’s first homer with the franchise. Xander Bogaerts hit a ground rule double down the right field line that put Boston up 7-3 through eight innings.
Red Sox reliever Adam Ottavino picked up his second win of the season after pitching a scoreless eighth inning in which he struck out the side.
Nick Pivetta started for the Red Sox and pitched only 3 2/3 innings. He gave up four hits and two earned runs, while striking out three and walking four.
Kike Hernandez and Bogaerts did a lot of the damage at the plate for Boston. Both players went 4-for-5. Franchy Cordero and Alex Verdugo were the only Red Sox starters without a hit.
Here’s a recap of Boston’s latest comeback win.
FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 7, White Sox 4
RED SOX RECORD: 10-4
Franchy Cordero has a powerful arm.
Kike Hernandez’s RBI single put the Red Sox on top 3-2 in the sixth inning.
After the White Sox tied the score in the seventh inning, Marwin Gonzalez put the Red Sox back ahead with a solo home run in the eighth inning.
The Red Sox and White Sox will play a double-header Sunday at Fenway Park to make up for Friday’s game being postponed due to snow. Game 1 is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET and Game 2 is set for 5:10 p.m. ET.