- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The White Sox bullpen provided one opportunity after another.

It just took a utility infielder on the mound for the Boston Red Sox to finally take full advantage.

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run double off Leury Garcia in the top of the 14th inning and the Boston Red Sox outlasted the White Sox 6-4 in a game that lasted 5 hours, 17 minutes Wednesday night.

The Red Sox managed just six hits, but took advantage of 15 walks issued by Chicago pitching, including 11 after the seventh inning.


“We just for one reason or another we didn’t seem to throw it over,” Ventura said. “So, you know, a game that if you are going to give them that many opportunities, you are little surprised you are in it that late into the game.”

The White Sox have had a strong start to the season in every area except the bullpen. Before Wednesday’s struggles, Chicago relievers had allowed 29 earned runs in 40 innings pitched for an ERA of 6.53.

In scoring twice in the eighth and ninth innings, Boston had just one hit - a weak infield single down the third-base line - but walked six times in the two innings.

With the score tied at 4 after 13 innings, the White Sox ran out of pitchers after Daniel Webb threw 59 pitches in three innings, so manager Robin Ventura turned to Garcia (0-1) to start the 14th. Garcia is the first White Sox position player to take the mound since Casper Wells pitched a scoreless inning last June.

Garcia retired the first two batters, but then walked Daniel Nava and Jonathan Herrera, and Bradley followed with his big hit.

“(Garcia) was actually kind of funky there, kind of throwing rise balls. It was just one of those things when I wanted to make him throw strikes,” Bradley said. “He got behind 2-0, ended up working it back and I just wanted to stay back and see it late and I put a pretty good swing on it.”

Chris Capuano (1-0) pitched 2 2-3 innings of scoreless relief to get the win. Burke Badenhop got the final out for his first save of the season.

Each team blew a lead in the ninth inning or later.

Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run homer to extend his hitting streak to begin the season, and John Danks allowed one run in six innings to give White Sox a 3-1 lead after seven innings.

Dustin Pedroia was back in Boston’s lineup in the leadoff position after not starting the previous two games because of inflammation in his left wrist. He immediately made an impact, doubling to left field in the first inning and scoring as the next batter, Xander Bogaerts, singled to center.

It was the Red Sox’s first first-inning run of the season. They were the last team this season to score in the opening inning.

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