Rubby De La Rosa’s first start back in Boston didn’t last as long as he may have hoped, but there is room for optimism as the young righthander held the White Sox to three runs in a contest the Red Sox would come back to win 5-4 on a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth.
De La Rosa’s line was five innings pitched, allowing three runs on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
De La Rosa made a very nice grab on the first play of the game, catching a rocket back to him off the bat of Adam Eaton. He then got Gordon Beckham to ground out to third before Jose Abreu launched a bomb to center field for a solo shot to give the White Sox a 1-0 advantage. Adam Dunn then doubled to right before Alexei Ramirez grounded out to second to end the top of the first.
Conor Gillaspie led off the second inning with a solo home run to double the White Sox lead. De La Rosa then struck out Dayan Viciedo before Alejandro De Aza doubled to get in scoring position. Jackie Bradley Jr. then saved a run on an incredible diving catch in right center off a liner by Tyler Flowers, as De Aza was only able to tag up and reach third. Eaton then flew out to Mookie Betts in right to set the White Sox down in the second.
De La Rosa picked up his first 1-2-3 inning of the game in the top of the third, as Beckham struck out and Abreu and Dunn both grounded out to shortstop.
Jonny Gomes made a sprawling catch on a liner by Ramirez before Gillaspie continued his torrid series with a double to right. Gillaspie scored from second on a grounder by Viciedo that got through the legs of Mike Napoli, but Christian Vazquez gunned down Viciedo trying to take second. De Aza then tripled to left field when Jonny Gomes lost track of the ball, but Flowers grounded out to first before the White Sox could add to their 3-0 lead.
De La Rosa struck out Eaton to start the top of the fifth, then saw Beckham line out to right and Abreu ground out to shortstop for another 1-2-3 frame. That was all of the White Sox that De La Rosa would see, as John Farrell decided to bring out Craig Breslow for the top of the sixth.
Farrell said after the game that his short start was due to him pitching for the PawSox three days ago. If he were to stay in Boston, his next turn in the rotation would not come until after the All-Star break, so there is time for the Red Sox to decide whether to keep him up with the big club or return him to Pawtucket.