Vince Velasquez pitches 5 great innings as Chicago White Sox beat Boston Red Sox for 4th straight win – The Denver Post

Vince Velasquez feels like everything clicks.

The right-hander got off to his second straight start for the Chicago White Sox, allowing a run in five innings in a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the series on Friday in front of 30,944 at Fenway Park.

Velasquez allowed three hits, struck out two and walked two as the White Sox won their fourth in a row.

“It’s a good feeling knowing you’re establishing good control with your secondary throws,” Velasquez said. “I knew I wasn’t going to get a lot of punches today, but I used defense as much as I could and forced contact and made big throws when I needed it.

“It’s a good sign to be moving in the right direction, knowing that things are kind of falling into place.”

Tim Anderson and Luis Robert led the way offensively.

Anderson had three singles. He scored on a sacrifice fly from José Abreu during a three-point third.

“The shortstop had a Hall of Fame game,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said of Anderson. “The base hits. Watching him – I told him too – you watch Tim Anderson run the base when he has to cut and rotate, it’s as good as anyone I’ve seen in all my years.

“That jet engine that he has, when he makes that turn, he kicks it into another gear. It’s as fast as anyone I’ve ever seen. (And) defense.

Robert provided the other runs in the third with a two-run homer left, his fourth of the season.

The White Sox added an insurance run in the eighth. Adam Engel singled, stole second, moved to third on a flyout and scored on a sacrifice fly ball to the right by receiver Reese McGuire.

The White Sox had 10 hits while Velasquez and four relievers limited the Red Sox to six.

“You have to give (Velasquez) extra credit,” La Russa said. “He knows who he’s up against. (Red Sox starting) Nathan (Eovaldi) throws the ball as well as anyone in baseball.

“(Velasquez) moves his fastball, he has a little extra zip. He can smash it. It has a breaking ball and a slider and change. It can go through the range multiple times and give guys different looks. Reese does a good job of blending.

Velasquez (2-2) earned his first win of the season in his previous start against the Los Angeles Angels, allowing four hits and striking out six in 5⅔ innings in a 4-0 victory on April 30. It was his first victory since June. On February 29, 2021, for the Philadelphia Phillies against the Miami Marlins, ending a career-high 12-start winless streak.

Friday’s victory was his first on the road since May 25, 2021 in Miami. He’s been 0-7 with a 13.50 ERA in his last seven road starts.

“Using the slider and the curve ball to get me back in the count, I think that was really helpful,” Velasquez said. “And also the trust that has been established between Reese and me. During the last two outings, we have been on the same wavelength. It’s another confidence booster in any game.

He had to get out of trouble in fifth grade. The Red Sox scored once and had runners in the corners with two outs. Velasquez got Trevor Story on a check-swing third strike to end the round, putting him in position for the win.

“History is going to get me to work, man,” Velasquez said. “I faced him (when Story was) in Colorado and he was one of those guys who did damage to me. It came down to execution. Somehow I was helping myself back into the count and let it out.

“Again, it’s about having that boost of confidence and knowing that there’s a pitch that can have that impact and I want to earn it.”

Liam Hendriks scored a goal but pulled back three in a scoreless ninth for his eighth save.

“The more you win, the more joy it brings,” Hendriks said. “Then it rolls. It turns into this cyclonic rainstorm when it rains, it rains. Everyone assumes the next guy is going to get it. We come back every time. »

He saved all four games during the winning streak. Wednesday’s stoppage against the Cubs came with a heavy heart following the death of his grandfather.

“Losing my dad’s dad, Opa…I was hanging on before the (Wednesday) release and then it was just adrenaline,” Hendriks said. “Everything was flowing through me and it was extremely difficult.

“We’re glad he left peacefully and it wasn’t a fight or anything like that. He’s upstairs watching us with a sherry in his hand.

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