BOSTON – A giant cutout photo of Chris Sale's head hung in the visitors' dugout at Fenway Park before the White Sox played the Red Sox on Wednesday.
The White Sox have been trying to showcase their left-hander all week to secure him support in the All-Star Game's Final Vote contest, and he had a good stage Wednesday night against American League manager John Farrell's Red Sox.
The game instead turned into a showcase of the White Sox bullpen troubles this season.
Against a lineup featuring five rookies, Sale held the Red Sox to one run on four hits through 7 2/3 innings, but White Sox relievers gave up four runs in a 5-4 White Sox loss.
The White Sox broke a three-game winning streak and lost for just the second time in their last seven games.
White Sox reliever Javy Guerra hit Mookie Betts with a pitch in the ninth and then gave up the game-tying double to Red Sox pinch-hitter Daniel Nava. Brock Holt then came up with his first career walk-off hit for the Red Sox victory.
The White Sox gave Sale an early cushion to work with Wednesday when Jose Abreu and Conor Gillaspie each hit a solo home run for a 2-0 White Sox lead.
Abreu's solo shot to center field came in the first inning against Red Sox right-hander Rubby De La Rosa. Gillaspie followed with a solo homer to center, his second home run in as many games at Fenway.
Gillaspie doubled in the fourth inning and scored on Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli's fielding error for a 3-0 lead.
White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers and center fielder Adam Eaton hit back-to-back doubles in the seventh inning off Red Sox reliever Edward Mujica to push the lead to 4-0. The lead might have been more, but Alejandro De Aza was caught trying to make it home on Flowers' double.
The Red Sox rallied in the eighth inning. Betts came up with an infield double against Sale when he beat out the throw to first and advanced to second with no White Sox player nearby.
Sale recorded two outs before the White Sox turned to reliever Jake Petricka to try for the final out of the inning. Dustin Pedroia then hit an RBI single and David Ortiz added an RBI double to cut the White Sox lead to 4-2. Petricka walked Napoli and gave up another run-scoring double to Jonny Gomes before manager Robin Ventura pulled him in favor of Guerra, who recorded the final out of the eighth.
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