BOSTON -- The White Sox, who just three days ago were reeling after a sweep at the hands of the Indians over the weekend, rallied with two home runs in the eighth inning to defeat Boston, 8-6, on Wednesday and stand on the verge of a four-game sweep at Fenway
BOSTON -- The White Sox, who just three days ago were reeling after a sweep at the hands of the Indians over the weekend, rallied with two home runs in the eighth inning to defeat Boston, 8-6, on Wednesday and stand on the verge of a four-game sweep at Fenway Park.
The White Sox jumped on left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez for a run in the first and another in the third for an early lead, only to watch Jose Quintana surrender four runs in the bottom half of the third. But the White Sox refused to quit, tapping into a bucket of resiliency that's been missing as of late.
Melky Cabrera singled with one out in the sixth and Todd Frazier followed with his 21st home run, a blast over the Green Monster that tied the score at 4. Frazier is now tied with the Rockies' Nolan Arenado and Baltimore's Mark Trumbo for the most home runs in the Major Leagues.
"My family is here, I've got people watching me, and I want to put on a show for them," Frazier said. "Get a couple homers, make a few plays on defense and help the team win. That's basically what I've been doing."
The seesaw affair was far from decided, however, as the Red Sox rallied for two runs in the bottom of the frame to regain the lead and knock Quintana from the game.
But once again Chicago rallied. Adam Eaton singled off Boston setup man Koji Uehara to start the eighth inning and, after Jose Abreu struck out swinging, Cabrera homered to right field to tie the score, but not for long. Uehara got Frazier swinging for the second out before Brett Lawrie connected on a go-ahead home run.
Four of Lawrie's eight home runs have given the White Sox the lead, and six of the eight have come on the road.
"He has three pitches," Lawrie said of Uehara. "So you pick the couple that you want to go after and just try to attack your plan. Fortunately enough, he left one up and I got it for the boys, so it was good."
This is the first time the White Sox hit three home runs at Fenway since August 2005. They've now won six of their last seven games in Boston.
The White Sox added an insurance run in the top of the ninth and, with both closer David Robertson and setup man Nate Jones unavailable, called up Zach Duke to close out the victory.
Chicago hadn't won more than two games in a row since May 6.
"Unlikely," manager Robin Ventura said of the victory. "I think you see us sitting there, and we only have a few hits, so to respond that way was great. They just keep fighting. They had some tough at-bats early, not getting much going. They just continue to grind, and you get some. You get some big homers there and scratch an extra one late in the ninth, and I'm just happy for the guys to be able to do that."
Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.