Alexei Ramirez’ two-out, walkoff single gives White Sox 5-4 win
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org June 25, 2013 10:12PM
Updated: June 25, 2013 10:58PM
The White Sox gave starter Chris Sale just enough runs Tuesday to get the team a victory.
But the easy pop fly that should have been third baseman Conor Gillaspie’s to end the game instead fell from a charging second baseman Gordon Beckham for an error.
The miscue let the New York Mets score an unearned run to tie the game at 4-4.
The Mets returned the favor in the bottom of the inning when Jeff Keppinger singled and pitcher LaTroy Hawkins (2-1) mishandled Beckham’s sacrifice bunt, both runners safe.
Keppinger scored on Alexei Ramirez’ two-out single for a 5-4 victory that went to Addison Reed (3-0).
Reed had entered to pitch the ninth with the Sox and Sale ahead 4-3. David Wright led the inning with a single and stole second, but Reed retired the next two batters when pinch hitter Daniel Murphy hit the infield pop up.
Wright scored as the ball fell between the infielders.
Sale had lost his last four starts with an offense that produced only five total runs. The Sox gave him four this time as the Sox opened a home stand at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Mets scored twice in the first inning but the Sox got a run back in their half. The Sox tied the score in the third when Tyler Flowers homered (7th) off Mets rookie starter Zach Wheeler, who was making his second major league start.
Sale struck out the side in the fourth and sixth--but in between he gave up a homer to Andrew Brown (third).
The Sox scored twice in the fifth on one hit--Gordon Beckham’s leadoff single. Flowers was hit by a pitch and both advanced on a wild pitch by Wheeler. Beckham scored on Alejandro De Aza’s ground out and Flowers on a sacrifice fly by Alexei Ramirez.
Sale worked eight innings, giving up four hits while striking out 13 and walking two.