By JIMMY GOLEN  AP Sports Writer
 BOSTON (AP) _ Xander Bogaerts singled in the game-winning run in the 10th inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 8-7 on Thursday and averted a sweep of their four-game series.

Chicago led 3-0, 4-1 and 7-5 before Boston sent it into extra innings with a run in the seventh and another in the eighth. The White Sox loaded the bases with nobody out in the 10th, but Craig Kimbrel (1-3) got J.B. Shuck on an infield popup and then struck out Tim Anderson and Adam Eaton.

In the bottom half, Matt Purke (0-1) walked two before Bogaerts lined one up the middle and Mookie Betts scored easily from second.

James Shields pitched his best outing in four starts since being acquired by the White Sox on June 4. Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer and Alex Avila had four hits for Chicago.

Betts, Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez had two hits apiece for the Red Sox, who improved to 8-12 in June. Betts, Boston’s leadoff hitter, reached safely seven times in 10 innings.

David Ortiz walked three times and led off the ninth with a double that one-hopped the short wall behind the Pesky Pole. Travis Shaw was walked on four pitches, but Jackie Bradley Jr. struck out, Ramirez lined out and Sandy Leon struck out to end the inning.

Kimbrel, who came on to start the ninth, walked Brett Lawrie and gave up Avila’s single. Avisail Garcia walked before the Red Sox closer retired the next three batters to protect the tie.

In all, Kimbrel allowed one hit and walked two while striking out three in two innings. It was his first American League win.

     TRAINER’S ROOM
 
 Red Sox: Outfielder Chris Young pulled up grabbing his right leg after rounding first base on a ball hit off the Green Monster in the second inning. He was helped off the field with what the team said was a hamstring injury.
 
     UP NEXT
 
 White Sox: Open a three-game series at Toronto. Carlos Rodon will pitch against Aaron Sanchez.
 
 Red Sox: Open a three-game series at Texas. David Price will face Nick Martinez.

 

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