CHICAGO - Rafael Devers hit a two-run homer and Brayan Bello pitched one-run ball into the seventh inning, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the sloppy Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Friday night.
Boston struck out 17 times and finished with just four hits, but it made the most of costly errors on shortstop Elvis Andrus and second baseman Tim Anderson. The Red Sox won for the seventh time in nine games, bouncing back after two straight losses at Minnesota.
Bello (5-4) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander improved to 2-1 with a 2.36 ERA in four June starts.
Nick Pivetta finished the seventh and Chris Martin got three outs before Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for his 16th save.
Eloy Jiménez had three hits for Chicago, which lost for the ninth time in 12 games. Lucas Giolito (5-5) struck out a season-high 10 in six sharp innings.
Still working through some right shoulder soreness, Anderson got the start at second base. It was the All-Star shortstop’s first big league appearance at second, but he played the position for the United States in this year’s World Baseball Classic.
Anderson mishandled a pickoff attempt in the third, and speedy rookie David Hamilton scored all the way from second on the error. But Anderson responded with a sacrifice fly in the bottom half.
Andrus committed an error on Masataka Yoshida’s leadoff grounder in the fourth, and Devers followed with a 434-foot drive to right for a 3-1 lead. It was Devers’ first homer since June 13 and No. 18 on the season.
The White Sox threatened in the eighth, putting runners on the corners with two out. But Gavin Sheets bounced to second, ending the inning.
The Red Sox recalled infielder Bobby Dalbec and left-hander Chris Murphy from Triple-A Worcester. Infielder Pablo Reyes was placed on the 10-day injured list with an abdominal strain.
Pitchers Brandon Walter and Tayler Scott were sent down after Thursday’s 6-0 loss at Minnesota. Scott was acquired in a trade with the Dodgers for cash before the series finale against the Twins.
White Sox: C Yasmani Grandal was out of the starting lineup after he was scratched Wednesday because of right knee soreness. He flied out as a pinch hitter in the seventh, and then stayed in the game at catcher.
White Sox right-hander Lance Lynn (4-8, 6.51 ERA) pitches on Saturday in his first start since he tied a franchise record with 16 strikeouts during a 5-1 loss at Seattle last weekend. Left-hander James Paxton (3-1, 3.29 ERA) takes the mound for the Red Sox. Paxton is 2-0 with a 2.22 ERA in his last four starts.