- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - It was a stunning loss for the Red Sox.

Boston didn’t score after loading the bases with nobody out in the ninth inning, and Jose Abreu doubled home two runs off closer Craig Kimbrel in the 10th to send the Chicago White Sox to a 3-1 victory Monday night.

“We created a golden opportunity for ourselves,” manager John Farrell said. “Bases loaded via the three walks. You think where we are with the guys coming up, particularly, we get some matchups that are in our favor.”

The Red Sox drew three straight walks from Zach Putnam. Zach Duke relieved and struck out pinch-hitter Dustin Pedroia before Christian Vazquez bounced to a fifth infielder placed in front of second base. Tyler Saladino threw home for a force out, and then Duke fanned pinch-hitter Ryan LaMarre to end the threat.

“Give him credit. He made a couple of pitches, got a couple of key strikeouts,” Farrell said.

Boston wasted a stellar start by Steven Wright.

The knuckleballer pitched nine innings, giving up only an unearned run and five hits. He struck out six and walked three while lowering his AL-best ERA to 2.01.

“I just try to go out there and throw as many quality starts as I could,” Wright said.

Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the eighth time in 26 games. Boston has lost five of eight.

Duke (2-0) wriggled out of the ninth to get the win. David Robertson worked the 10th for his 17th save.

Abreu doubled to right-center off Kimbrel (0-3) after Avisail Garcia walked and J.B. Shuck singled.

“It was a fastball,” Kimbrel said. “I kind of left it over the plate too much.”

White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez gave up one run and four hits. He was lifted after allowing the tying hit with two outs in the seventh.

Gonzalez entered 6-1 with a 3.27 ERA against the Red Sox and was 4-0 against them in five starts at Fenway Park.

He mostly mixed a sharp-breaking slider with a mid-90s (mph) fastball, keeping Boston off stride and inducing a number of weak swings. The highest-scoring team in the majors was getting shut out until Vazquez’s broken-bat single dropped into center, tying it at 1.

Gonzalez was a contrast to Wright, who had his usual array of knucklers moving, but mixed in occasional curveballs - one at 64 mph - and fastballs in the mid-to-upper 80s (mph).

Coming off a weekend when they were swept in three games at Cleveland and scored just six total runs, the White Sox grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second. Brett Lawrie had a one-out double, advanced on a flyout and scored on Vazquez’s passed ball.


Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt (concussion) played his first rehab game for Triple-A Pawtucket, going 2 for 3 with two doubles. President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski said the plan was for Holt to play part of two games, get a day off and then play an entire game before the club addresses his potential return.


White Sox players had a closed-door meeting while manager Robin Ventura held his pregame media session in the dugout.


Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A, taking him off the 40-man roster.

“In Rusney’s case it’s a situation where roster spots are valuable and you make decisions on who you think will get claimed and not get claimed,” Dombrowski said. “We felt at this time based on offensive performance that we’d be able to get him through waivers.”

Boston signed Castillo to a $72.5 million, seven-year contract in August 2014.


White Sox: LHP Chris Sale (11-2, 2.94 ERA) starts Tuesday night at Fenway Park. He has won his last two starts.

Red Sox: Clay Buchholz (3-6, 5.86) is slated to return to the rotation after getting demoted to the bullpen earlier this month.

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