Boston Red Sox

Jun 24, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Teammates pour gatorade onto Boston Red Sox third baseman Marco Hernandez (40) after he drove in the game winning run against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

BOSTON – After a tough weekend series against the lowly Toronto Blue Jays, the Red Sox needed to find a way to bounce back as they opened their series with the visiting Chicago White Sox Monday at Fenway Park.

They got what they needed, at least for one night.

The Red Sox pulled off a late innings comeback en route to a 6-5 walk-off victory in the ninth inning. Marco Hernandez’s infield single with two outs in the inning was the difference.

Hernandez drove in Andrew Benintendi, who doubled to lead off the inning. J.D. Martinez struck out and Rafael Devers grounded out, moving Benintendi to third. The White Sox then walked Xander Bogaerts intentionally and did the same with Jackie Bradley Jr. after falling behind in the count 3-1. That brought up Hernandez, who picked up his first career walk-off hit.

Boston trailed 5-3 in the seventh inning when Mookie Betts chipped away at the deficit with a solo home run. They tied the game in the eighth inning when Eduardo Nunez singled to left field with two away in the inning. Hernandez, running for Christian Vazquez after the catcher singled, beat a throw home to make the score 5-5.

Nunez also drove in a run with a single in the fifth inning. Michael Chavis picked up an RBI walk in the sixth. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a solo home run in the second.

Starter Eduardo Rodriguez faded late in his outing. He was charged with five runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. The lefty gave up six hits, struck out four, and walked two.

Brandon Workman took the win, improving to 7-1 on the season.

The Red Sox will send David Price (4-2, 3.39 ERA) to the mound in the second game of the series on Tuesday.