The White Sox scored the winning run on a throwing error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts in the bottom of the 9th inning as the Red Sox lost the opener of their 3-game series 2-1 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Boston managed just 3 hits off 5 Chicago pitchers as the team's offensive struggles continue in the early part of the 2014 season.
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Adam Dunn touched Boston starting pitcher Jake Peavy for a solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd inning to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Daniel Nava (pictured) tied the game with his own solo blast off White Sox starter Erik Johnson.
Peavy pitched 6 very strong innings allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 8. Johnson lasted 6.2 innings, limiting Boston to a lone run on 3 hits; he walked 2 and struck out 9.
The Red Sox were without Dustin Pedroia in the starting lineup following the examination of his left wrist, and reliever Koji Uehara who had experienced tightness in his right shoulder during the recently completed series against the Yankees in the Bronx. Pedroia came on as a pinch runner in the top of the 9th after Mike Napoli injured himself on a steal of 2nd base; he stayed in the game at 2nd base.
In honor of the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier, all uniformed personnel for both teams wore the number 42.
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