By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Boston Red Sox lost to the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, in the first of a three-game series on Friday night, despite getting eight strong innings from Chris Sale.
Once again Sale (5-4) was left hanging at Fenway Park with no run support by the Red Sox offense after only giving up one run on six hits through eight innings.
He finished the game with 10 strikeouts, while only walking one on 109 pitches.
The White Sox scored their only run in the top of the seventh off a Trayce Thompson RBI-single.
White Sox starter Dylan Covey kept Boston’s hitters at bay through six scoreless innings.
And he only gave up three hits, while striking out seven and only walking one on 83 pitches.
Joakim Soria earned his seventh save of the season for the White Sox after pitching a clean ninth inning.
Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers each had a hit for the Red Sox, in a game where they were without sluggers J.D. Martinez (sore back) and Mookie Betts (left abdominal strain).
Boston has now lost two-straight as David Price (6-4) takes the mound for game two of series on Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, Sale has now lost his third straight decision for the first time since the Fall of 2015.
In Other Red Sox News:
The #RedSox today selected RHP Justin Haley to the active major league roster from Triple-A Pawtucket. To make room on the 25-man roster, the club optioned LHP Jalen Beeks to Pawtucket following last night’s game.— Red Sox (@RedSox) June 8, 2018
Haley will wear #65.
The Red Sox’ 40-man roster is now at 39.
Before the game, Betts received his PBA 300 ring for bowling a perfect game (300) in the PBA World Series.
UP NEXT: The Red Sox (43-21) play the second of three against the White Sox (21-40) on Saturday afternoon. First-pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. at Fenway Park.
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