A walk-off hit from Xander Bogaerts
wins it for Craig Kimbrel in the 10th

ON THIS DATE (June 23, 2016) ... The Boston Red Sox called on Craig Kimbrel to shut things down. Pitching two full innings for the first time in more than five years, the Red Sox closer got out of a bases-loaded jam with nobody out in the 10th, and Xander Bogaerts delivered the winning single in the bottom half to give Boston an 8-7 victory over Chicago.

Chicago led 3-0, 4-1 and 7-5 before Boston sent it into extra innings with a run in the seventh and another in the eighth. Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel walked White Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie to lead off the top of the 10th inning before giving up a single to Alex Avila and another walk to Avisail Garcia, things were looking grim at Fenway Park.

But Kimbrel didnít need a double play, as the right-hander took matters into his own hands and struck out the next two batters to preserve the 7-7 tie and set up Bogaerts' walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th. In all, he allowed one hit and walked two while striking out three in two innings for his first American League win.

Kimbrel wasnít the only Red Sox reliever faced with a bases-loaded, no-out situation Thursday. Right-hander Heath Hembree got himself into an identical jam in the eighth inning but like Kimbrel, kept Chicago off the scoreboard.

In the bottom half, Matt Purke walked two before Bogaerts lined one up the middle and Mookie Betts scored easily from second.

Mookie Betts, Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez had two hits apiece for the Red Sox, who improved to 11-15 in their last 26 games. The Sox leadoff hitter reached safely seven times in 10 innings. David Ortiz walked three times and led off the ninth with a double that one-hopped the short wall behind the Pesky Pole. Travis Shaw was walked on four pitches, but Jackie Bradley Jr. struck out, Ramirez lined out and Sandy Leon struck out to end the inning.

CRAIG KIMBREL

Kimbrel, who came on to start the ninth, walked Brett Lawrie and gave up a single to Alex Avila. He walked another one before he retired the next three batters to protect the tie.

The White Sox led 4-1 before Boston scored four in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. Then Junichi Tazawa relieved Tommy Layne with two men on in the seventh and gave up a three-run homer to Jose Abreu over the Green Monster, that made it 7-5.

The Red Sox tied it to send it into extra innings, loading the bases in the seventh before pinch-hitter Shaw launched a long sacrifice fly. Bradley popped up a bunt, and Ramirez struck out to end the inning. In the eighth, Marco Hernandez hit his first career double and scored on Pedroia's single to tie it 7-7.

 

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W-Craig Kimbrel (1-3)
L-Matt Purke (0-1)
Attendance - 37,790

 2B-Cabrera (Chi), Pedroia (Bost),
 Hernandez (Bost), Ortiz (Bost)

 HR-Abreu (Chi)