Bogaerts seals Red Sox win to avoid White Sox sweep


The Boston Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and avoided a sweep at the hands of the Chicago White Sox thanks to Xander Bogaerts' walk-off single.

Boston had to wait until the 10th inning of a thrilling game but Bogaerts came up with the goods as the Red Sox prevailed 8-7 in MLB on Thursday.

Dustin Pedroia was also a key contributor with two RBIs.

There was also free baseball in Detroit, where the Tigers needed 10 innings to see off the Seattle Mariners 5-4, completing a four-game sweep.

The Tigers were 4-1 up after four innings, but a strong comeback from the Mariners tied it up at 4-4 after nine innings, only for walk-off run from a wild Steve Cishek pitch to ruin their efforts.

The Philadelphia Phillies were 7-3 winners over the Minnesota Twins thanks in large part to Freddy Galvis' three-run homer in the eighth, while the San Francisco Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3.

The Chicago Cubs crashed to back-to-back defeats, going down 4-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Elsewhere, the New York Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves 4-3, the San Diego Padres defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-4, the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 7-6 and the Oakland Athletics overcame the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4.



Two unheralded names on the Phillies' line-up came through to give them a win against the Twins. Shortstop Galvis went two-for-three with a home run and five RBIs to lead the way. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez also made an impact by reaching base five times with four hits, three runs scored and a walk.



Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias made sure the "dab" lived on after a walkoff wild pitch.


White Sox slugger Jose Abreu's seventh-inning home run was his fifth in the month of June. He hit just six home runs in April and May combined. His batting average is also up to .338 this month after a putrid .242 during the first two.

Meanwhile, Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz clubbed two home runs against the Tigers on Thursday. His first one, in the fourth inning, was calculated at 436 feet, which was his seventh of 425-plus feet his season. That is tied for second in MLB behind Mark Trumbo with eight.  



Pittsburgh's talented 24-year-old, Jameson Taillon (1-1, 3.50 ERA), makes his fourth start of the season on Friday against Nick Tepesch, who is making his season debut for the Dodgers. The Pirates have been a bit disappointing this season after making the play-offs last year, but Taillon could help get them in the right direction.