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July 11, 2014

Opportunity knocks, but isn't answered

BOSTON — Chicago’s Jose Quintana started with five perfect innings. Conor Gillaspie hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth. The White Sox held the Red Sox to three hits.

Somehow, Boston still won 4-3 in 10 innings on Thursday.

“We had plenty of guys on base to knock in and we didn’t do it,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. “We had opportunities.”

One of them came in the 10th when the White Sox had runners at first and second with one out. But the next two batters grounded out against Andrew Miller.

“They did better than we did at taking advantage of guys that were on base,” Ventura said.

Boston drew two walks and David Ortiz hit a two-run double in the sixth, when it scored three runs to take a 3-1 lead.

In the 10th, pinch-hitter Daniel Nava walked, Mookie Betts sacrificed him to second and Stephen Drew was walked intentionally. Then Mike Carp, hitting for David Ross, singled between shortstop and third base against Ronald Belisario (3-6) to give Boston its second consecutive walk-off win over Chicago.

In Boston’s 5-4 comeback victory Wednesday night, Nava doubled in Betts for the tying run in the ninth and scored on Brock Holt’s single.

Quintana “pitched a heck of a game,” Chicago’s Adam Eaton said Thursday. “Conor coming in, pinch-hit home run. He’s been hotter than all get-out lately.”

Boston left-hander Jon Lester allowed one run and struck out 12 in seven innings.

Lester gave up seven hits and no walks. In his past six starts, he’s 3-0 with a 1.01 ERA, 39 strikeouts, six walks and 33 hits allowed in 44 2/3 innings. He extended his streak to 45 innings without giving up a homer.

But fellow All-Star Koji Uehara allowed Gillaspie’s tying pinch-hit homer — his third long ball in three games and fourth of the season.

Alexei Ramirez led off the ninth with an infield single — after first base umpire Cory Blaser’s out call was reversed on replay. Uehara then struck out Paul Konerko before Gillaspie, batting for Moises Sierra, homered.

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