Carp comes through, leads Red Sox to 4-3 walkoff win

Carp comes through, leads Red Sox to 4-3 walkoff win
July 10, 2014, 7:30 pm
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Mike Carp had a chance to win Wednesday night's game and couldn't. Given a second chance Thursday afternoon, he made good.

Carp singled home Daniel Nava from second base to give the Red Sox a 4-3, 10-inning win over the Chicago White Sox.

The Sox let a two-run lead slip away in the ninth when closer Koji Uehara blew just his second save opportunity of the season.

Down to their last two outs, the White Sox got a game-tying, pinch-hit two-run homer from Conor Gillaspie, who pulled a pitch just inside the foul pole in right to tie the game at 3-3.

The White Sox got the lead runner on in the top of the ninth when Alexei Ramirez beat out a grounder to the right side. First baseman Mike Napoli ranged far to his right and Uehara was slow to the bag. He took the feed from Napoli on the run and appeared to hit the first base bag at the exact moment that Ramirez reached.

Ramirez was initially called out at first by umpire Marvin Hudson, but the White Sox challenged the call and with the use of replay, Ramirez was ruled safe.

Chicago starter Jose Quintana retired the first 15 hitters he faced, but two walks, a run-scoring single by Jackie Bradley Jr. and a Wall double from David Ortiz, scoring two, handing the Red Sox a 3-1 lead.

Uehara's blown save cost starter Jon Lester a win. Lester was touched for a run in the first, then added six scoreless innings. He fanned 12 for the second time this season.

The White Sox' lone run off Lester came after Adam Eaton reached on a single to left and Jose Abreu doubled over the head of Jonny Gomes in left. Lester allowed seven hits and didn't walk a batter.

The lefty is unbeaten over his last five starts as he heads to next week's All-Star break.

 

STAR OF THE GAME: Jon Lester

Lester didn't get credit for the win, but he pitched brilliantly, limiting the White Sox to a run over seven innings on seven hits. He fanned 12 and didn't walk a batter.

HONORABLE MENTION: Mike Carp

After an unsuccessful pinch-hit appearance Wednesday night, Carp got a second chance Thursday and made good with a game-winning single to left, scoring Daniel Nava.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Koji Uehara

Uehara blew a two-run lead in the ninth, just his second blown save of the season, costing Jon Lester a win and forcing the Red Sox to go into extra innings.

TURNING POINT: In the top of the 10th inning, Andrew Miller allowed a leadoff single to Adam Eaton, but then recorded three assists on a sacrifice bunt try and two comebackers to get out of further trouble.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox improved to 30-0 when leading after eight innings.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "It'd be nice to go into Houston and play well and go into the All-Star break giving the front office something to think about.'' -- catcher David Ross.