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As heard on WHOW, Leury Garcia hit a game-ending home run with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Boston Red Sox 2-1 Sunday.


After Boston reliever Garrett Whitlock (8-4) struck out Eloy Jimenez and Yasmani Grandal to begin the inning, Garcia fell behind 0-2 before hitting a 98 mph fastball over the center-field fence. It was the fifth homer of the season for Garcia, who is filling in at shortstop with starter Tim Anderson on the injured list.


Chicago took a 1-0 lead and a three-hit shutout into the ninth before Craig Kimbrel (4-4) struggled with his control and blew the save.


Kike Hernandez led off with a double to center. After Kyle Schwarber struck out, Kimbrel walked Hunter Renfroe and Rafael Devers to load the bases. Alex Verdugo followed with a tying sacrifice fly to left.


The teams combined for just eight hits, and the game developed into a pitcher's duel despite the fact both starters were making their first appearances since August.


Chicago's Lance Lynn allowed two hits over five scoreless innings in his return from a stint on the 10-day IL with right knee inflammation. The veteran right-hander walked none, struck out nine and lowered his ERA to 2.50 in his first outing since Aug. 28.


Boston's Nick Pivetta allowed one unearned on three hits in 5 1/3 innings after being activated from the COVID-19 IL. Pivetta entered having allowed 12 runs in 10 2/3 innings over his previous three starts.


Pivetta, who started Sunday after Chris Sale went on the COVID-19 list at the start of the series, said he was asymptomatic but struggled to keep prepared during his absence.


The White Sox broke through against Pivetta in the sixth inning with an unearned run. Cesar Hernandez led off and reached on a throwing error by second baseman Kike Hernandez. Cesar Hernandez was sacrificed to second and scored on a single by Luis Robert to make it 1-0.


The White Sox haven't named a starter for Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series with the Angels. LHP Packy Naughton (0-1, 2.57 ERA) will pitch for Los Angeles.

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