Final in 10

Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 7/10)

Game 1: Monday, July 7
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Game 2: Tuesday, July 8
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Game 3: Wednesday, July 9
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Game 4: Thursday, July 10
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White Sox 3

(44-49, 20-28 away)

Red Sox 4

(41-51, 23-26 home)

    Coverage:  NESN

    4:05 PM ET, July 10, 2014

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: A. Miller (3-5)

    L: R. Belisario (3-6)

    Mike Carp's pinch-hit single in 10th caps another walk-off Red Sox win

    Associated Press

    BOSTON -- Mike Carp spent more than a month on the disabled list with a broken right foot. He watched the Boston Red Sox struggle, wishing he could contribute.

    Sometimes, he couldn't bear to watch.

    "Some of the nights, I almost had to turn the TV off in those situations because you can't be there to help," Carp said. "It's tough being on the DL with a boot on my foot."

    He was smiling Thursday after delivering a pinch-hit single in the 10th inning that gave the Red Sox a 4-3 win, their second consecutive walk-off victory over the Chicago White Sox.

    "Happy times," said Carp, who was on the disabled list from June 2 until being activated Monday.

    There haven't been many of those this season for the Red Sox, the defending World Series champions who are in last place in the AL East. With two straight wins to end their 3-7 homestand, they head to Houston for a three-game series with a chance to build some momentum going into the All-Star break.

    "Hopefully it'll get us in a little bit of a rhythm, comfort level," said left-hander Jon Lester, who allowed one run and struck out 12 in seven innings. "A win like today is huge."

    Lester gave up seven hits and no walks. In his last six starts, he's 3-0 with a 1.01 ERA, 39 strikeouts, six walks and 33 hits allowed in 44 2/3 innings. He extended his streak to 45 innings without giving up a homer.

    But fellow All-Star Koji Uehara allowed a tying, two-run homer in the ninth to pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie -- his third long ball in three games and fourth of the season.

    "He's been hotter than all get-out lately," teammate Adam Eaton said.

    David Ortiz had a two-run double that gave the Red Sox a 3-1 lead in the sixth after Jose Quintana retired Boston's first 15 batters.

    "I really wanted to win this game because (Lester's) a really good pitcher," said Quintana, whose scoreless streak ended at 20 2/3 innings, "but I had one bad inning in the sixth."

    Pinch-hitter Daniel Nava started the winning rally with a leadoff walk and went to second on a sacrifice by Mookie Betts. Stephen Drew, in an 0-for-15 slump, was intentionally walked by Ronald Belisario (3-6).

    Carp, who had been 0 for 2 as a pinch hitter in the series, then batted for David Ross and lined a single between shortstop and third base. Nava scored the winning run for the second consecutive game, and Carp was mobbed by teammates rushing out of the dugout.

    In Boston's 5-4 comeback victory Wednesday night, Nava doubled in Betts for the tying run in the ninth and scored on Brock Holt's single.

    Chicago had runners at first and third with two outs in the 10th, but Alexei Ramirez was retired on a grounder to pitcher Andrew Miller (3-5).

    Ramirez led off the ninth with an infield single -- after first base umpire Cory Blaser's out call was reversed on replay. Uehara then struck out Paul Konerko before Gillaspie, batting for Moises Sierra, homered.

    Lester trailed 1-0 after three batters. Eaton singled, Gordon Beckham struck out and Jose Abreu hit an RBI double over a leaping Jonny Gomes in left field. Lester then struck out Dayan Viciedo.

    Lester fanned two batters in each of the first five innings and one each in the sixth and seventh before being replaced by Junichi Tazawa, who pitched a perfect eighth.

    Uehara failed to hold the lead, though, his second blown save in 20 chances this season.

    Boston went ahead in the sixth when the first three batters reached base on full counts.

    Drew became Boston's first runner with a walk and went to second on a walk to Ross. Jackie Bradley Jr. attempted to bunt on the first four pitches, then took a ball to bring the count to 3-2. He grounded a single to right field for Boston's first hit, driving in Drew with the tying run.

    The next two batters were retired before Ortiz's two-run double.

    Game notes


    Chicago lost its second straight game after winning its previous three. ... Boston scored in just five innings during the four-game series. ... Chicago LHP Chris Sale won the online fan vote for the final spot on the AL All-Star team, his third straight selection. "No matter, I think, how many you make, you still get excited about it," he said. ... The Red Sox send John Lackey (9-6) to the mound against Scott Feldman (4-5) in the opener of a three-game series at Houston on Friday night. The White Sox begin a three-game series at Cleveland with Hector Noesi (3-6) pitching against Corey Kluber (8-6) of the Indians.

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    Game Information

    StadiumFenway Park, Boston, MA
    Attendance37,547 (101.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time3:22
    Weather81 degrees, cloudy
    Wind7 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Doug Eddings

    Research Notes

    Jon Lester seems to have saved his best for last... Year of his contract, that is. He's posted a 2.65 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and a 4.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio, all of which are on pace to be career bests, and all are top-10 in the American League. There's going to be a lot of teams interested in his services this winter.
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    Jon Lester has allowed a .368 average in at-bats to end in his cutter since June 1, well above his .186 rate through May 31. Josť Abreu is 10-for-21 with 7 hard-hit balls this season in such at-bats, the most in baseball.

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