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Red Sox rally to snap skid, beat White Sox, 5-4

  • Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. leaps to grab a deep fly by Chicago White Sox's Tyler Flowers in the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. leaps to grab a deep fly by Chicago White Sox's Tyler Flowers in the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez  puts the tag on Chicago White Sox's Alejandro De Aza who is out trying to score on a double by Tyler Flowers in the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez puts the tag on Chicago White Sox's Alejandro De Aza who is out trying to score on a double by Tyler Flowers in the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts slides into second with a double as Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) leaps for the ball in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts slides into second with a double as Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) leaps for the ball in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's A.J. Pierzynski walks off the field after the 4-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics at the end of a baseball game Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Boston Red Sox's A.J. Pierzynski walks off the field after the 4-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics at the end of a baseball game Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt throws to first base on a ground out by Baltimore Orioles' Nelson Cruz in the eighth inning of a  baseball game in Boston, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt throws to first base on a ground out by Baltimore Orioles' Nelson Cruz in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's A.J. Pierzynski walks off the field after the 4-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics at the end of a baseball game Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Boston Red Sox's A.J. Pierzynski walks off the field after the 4-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics at the end of a baseball game Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt throws to first base on a ground out by Baltimore Orioles' Nelson Cruz in the eighth inning of a  baseball game in Boston, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt throws to first base on a ground out by Baltimore Orioles' Nelson Cruz in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. leaps to grab a deep fly by Chicago White Sox's Tyler Flowers in the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez  puts the tag on Chicago White Sox's Alejandro De Aza who is out trying to score on a double by Tyler Flowers in the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts slides into second with a double as Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) leaps for the ball in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox's A.J. Pierzynski walks off the field after the 4-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics at the end of a baseball game Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
  • Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt throws to first base on a ground out by Baltimore Orioles' Nelson Cruz in the eighth inning of a  baseball game in Boston, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's A.J. Pierzynski walks off the field after the 4-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics at the end of a baseball game Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
  • Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt throws to first base on a ground out by Baltimore Orioles' Nelson Cruz in the eighth inning of a  baseball game in Boston, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON – Daniel Nava doubled in the tying run in the ninth inning and scored on Brock Holt’s single as the Boston Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Chicago White Sox, 5-4, last night and snap a four-game losing streak.

Chris Sale pitched 7.2 innings of four-hit ball and left with a 4-0 lead in his bid to earn the last spot on the AL All-Star team. The winner of the fan voting will be announced today and Sale, an All-Star the last two seasons, walked none and struck out six before his bullpen cost him a chance to improve to 9-1.

Jake Petricka faced four batters in the eighth and failed to record an out. It was 4-3 by the time Javy Guerra (0-1) retired Mike Carp to end the eighth.

But Guerra couldn’t finish it in the ninth, hitting Mookie Betts with one out and then giving up RBI hits to Nava and Holt.

Koji Uehara (5-2), who was added to the AL All-Star team earlier yesterday, earned the win.

Jose Abreu and Conor Gillaspie homered to help stake Chicago, which had won three straight, to a 4-0 lead. Sale did not allow a runner to reach third base until the eighth, when Betts led off with an odd double – he beat out an infield hit and took second when he noticed no one was covering – then moved up on a groundout.

After getting Holt to ground out, Sale was replaced by Petricka.

And that’s when the Red Sox, who had lost seven of their first eight games on the homestand, rallied.

Abreu hit a solo homer to deep center field in the first inning, his 28th of the season. Only Mark McGwire, who had 33 homers at the 1987 All-Star break, hit more in the first half of his rookie season.

Gillaspie added a solo shot in the second, and the White Sox made it 3-0 when he doubled and scored in the fourth. Tyler Flowers and Adam Eaton had consecutive doubles in the seventh to make it 4-0.

It stayed that way until White Sox Manager Robin Ventura pulled Sale with two outs in the eighth, and Petricka couldn’t get an out.

The Red Sox had a few good plays in the field, though.

Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made a diving catch of Flowers’s line drive in the second. In the seventh, Eaton doubled off the Green Monster, with the ball coming down off left fielder Jonny Gomes’s nose. Gomes retrieved it and made a throw that was relayed by third baseman Xander Bogaerts to catcher Christian Vazquez, who made a perfect tag on Alejandro De Aza.

Gomes spent the rest of the half-inning plugging his nose with his undershirt, apparently to keep it from bleeding, but remained in the game.

NOTES

∎  Vazquez was making his major league debut. Earlier yesterday, the Red Sox designated C A.J. Pierzynski for assignment. The 37-year-old Pierzynski hit .254 with four home runs and 31 RBI in 72 games this season. He signed an $8.25 million, one-year contract with the Red Sox as a free agent in December.

∎ Rubby De La Rosa, who was recalled from Triple-A earlier yesterday, gave up three runs and six hits, striking out three in five innings. Right-hander Brandon Workman was optioned to Pawtucket following Tuesday night’s game.

∎  Sale would be the first White Sox pitcher to make three straight All-Star teams since Jack McDowell in 1991-93.

∎  The Red Sox started five rookies for the first time since 1952.

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