CHICAGO – Mookie Betts started the comeback. J.D. Martinez finished it off.
The MVP candidates powered the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the White Sox Thursday night on the South Side of Chicago. The win marked the third-straight comeback victory for the Red Sox.
In those three games, the Red Sox have scored 27 runs in the seventh inning or later.
Betts hit his 29th home run, a two-run homer in the seventh, capping off a four-run inning that erased Chicago’s four-run lead.
The Sox scored five runs in the ninth inning, with Martinez delivering a three-run shot, his 39th of the season, to blow the game open.
The Red Sox bullpen was solid in relief of Rick Porcello. Brandon Workman Joe Kelly, Ryan Braiser, and Heath Hembree combined to toss four shutout innings.
Porcello struggled, giving up four runs on eight hits in five-plus innings of work.
Chicago right-hander Lucas Giolito stymied Boston’s bats for 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with one run on two hits and struck out eight.
The White Sox bullpen let Giolito down. Righty Jeanmar Gomez gave up three runs in the seventh and allowed an inherited runner to score. Thyago Vieira was charged with five runs and recorded only two outs in the ninth inning.
The Red Sox saw their magic number fall to 20 after the Yankees lost to the Tigers 8-7.
How it happened:
The White Sox jumped on Porcello immediately, scoring three runs in the first inning. Avasail Garcia hit a two-run homer before Matt Davidson drove in the third run with a single.
Garcia put Chicago up 4-0 with a sacrifice fly in the second.
The Red Sox battled back in the seventh. With runners on first and third, Blake Swihart pinch-hit for Sandy Leon and ripped a single up the middle to get the Red Sox on the board. Jackie Bradley Jr. knocked a sacrifice fly to bring Boston within two. Betts then went deep to tie the ballgame 4-4.
Boston sent ten men to the plate as part of a five-run ninth inning. Bradley and Andrew Benintendi drove in runs with RBI singles before Martinez launched his three-run homer to extend the lead to 9-4.
The Red Sox will get their first look at their former top pitching prospect, Michael Kopech, who was traded to Chicago as part of the Chris Sale deal. The righty is making his third major league start on Friday and has allowed one run in eight innings. Boston will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (5-6, 4.15 ERA).