- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The Boston Red Sox believed they were headed to extra innings on a frigid night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Tied at one against the White Sox in the bottom of the ninth inning, Boston reliever Chris Capuano appeared to strike out Marcus Semien on a check swing on a 2-2 count to end the inning.

Instead, it was ruled a ball following an appeal to third base umpire Doug Eddings, and it cost the Red Sox one pitch later.

Semien hit the next pitch to Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts, whose one-hopped throw to first baseman Mike Carp wasn’t handled cleanly.


Alexei Ramirez, who reached on a one-out single against reliever Burke Badenhop and advanced to second on Capuano’s walk of Adam Eaton, ran on the 3-2 pitch and never stopped.

Bogaerts‘ throwing error allowed Ramirez to score easily to give the White Sox a 2-1 walk-off win.

“It’s cold weather, but that’s no excuse for that play,” Bogaerts said. “That’s a ball I should’ve thrown right at the chest to him.”

Boston manager John Farrell thought Capuano had struck out Semien.

“The check swing from the open side clearly looked like - given some of the other check swings that were called here tonight - it was more extensive than some other ones,” Farrell said. “But we don’t get the call.”

Badenhop (0-2) took the loss, and White Sox reliever Daniel Webb (1-0) got one out in the ninth for the victory, the first of his major league career.

“No, I didn’t think I swung,” Semien said. “I looked back and saw how A.J. (Pierzynski) caught it and made it look like a pretty good pitch. I think they were mad about it not being a strike. … I am glad I ran down to first hard and good things happened.”

Daniel Nava homered for Boston, which has lost three straight. Twelve of the Red Sox’s 15 runs in their past six games have come via the home run. Nava’s homer in the fourth off White Sox starter Erik Johnson tied the game at one.

Boston, which has averaged only 3.5 runs per game, fourth fewest in the American League, watched its cleanup hitter leave the game with an injury.

First baseman Mike Napoli left in the top of the ninth inning after dislocating his left ring finger sliding into second base on Donnie Veal’s wild pitch. X-rays were negative, and Farrell said Napoli is day to day.

“I really don’t do it often,” Napoli said of sliding head first. “But on a play like that when I don’t know what kind of throw or what’s going to happen and I see Alexei coming across. It’s my first instinct to try and get to the bag as quick as possible.”

Story Continues →