CHICAGO (AP) — Alexei Ramirez is finding different ways of helping the White Sox earn dramatic victories.
Ramirez scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a throwing error and the Chicago White Sox edged the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on a frigid Tuesday night.
Tied at one, Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop (0-2) allowed a one-out single to Ramirez. After Tyler Flowers struck out, Chris Capuano replaced Badenhop.
Capuano walked Adam Eaton to move Ramirez to second. Then with a 3-2 count, Marcus Semien hit a grounder to Xander Bogaerts at shortstop, who one-hopped his throw to first baseman Mike Carp.
Carp wasn't able to scoop the throw and Ramirez, who was already running on the pitch never stopped when rounding third and scored without a throw.
"There were two outs so I was going all the way with two outs, so my idea was to go ahead and get to home plate regardless of what happened," said Ramirez, who also beat the Cleveland Indians with a two-run homer in the ninth inning on Sunday.
Bogaerts was disappointed with his throw to Carp.
"It's cold weather, but that's no excuse for that play. That's a ball I should've thrown right at the chest to him," Bogaerts said. "I knew it was going to bounce, it took a weird bounce, but I should have thrown it at his chest to Carp and gone into extra innings."
The Red Sox didn't think Semien checked his swing on a 2-2 pitch that would've sent the game into extra innings.
"Yes. The check swing from the open side clearly looked like — given some of the other check swings that were called here tonight — it was more extensive than some other ones. But we don't get the call, Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
White Sox reliever Daniel Webb (1-0) got one out in the ninth for the victory.
The temperature at first pitch was 40 degrees. All the players except for White Sox starter Erik Johnson and Eaton wore long sleeves under their jerseys and the upper deck was closed because of ice on the ramps.
Adam Dunn homered for the White Sox, who have won four of their past five games and two straight in their final at-bat.
The White Sox are off to a surprising 8-6 start after losing 99 games last season. Dunn is pointing to their patience at the plate as one of the reasons.
"For the most part all year, we've had really good at-bats. I think that's why. It seems like we're in (teams) bullpens seems early in each and every game. That take a toll," Dunn said.
Daniel Nava homered for Boston, which has lost three straight.
First baseman Mike Napoli left in the top of the ninth inning after injuring his left ring finger sliding into second base.
With two outs, Napoli advanced to second on Donnie Veal's wild pitch. Napoli slid head first into second and dislocated his left ring finger against the base. X-Rays on Napoli's finger was negative.
"Yeah I really don't do it often. But on a play like that when I don't know what kind of throw or what's going to happen and I see Alexei coming across. It's my first instinct to try and get to the bag as quick as possible," Napoli said.