When Zach Duke reached the mound at Fenway Park in the ninth inning of a tie game with the Red Sox on Monday night, White Sox manager Robin Ventura went with the blunt approach to motivation.
"He just said, 'You've got bases loaded, nobody out,' " Duke said. "And I said, 'All right. Let's find a way.' "
After three straight walks from reliever Zach Putnam to open the ninth, Duke wiggled out of the jam to send the game into extra innings. Jose Abreu hit a two-out, two-run double off Red Sox reliever Craig Kimbrel in the 10th to reward Duke with a 3-1 victory.
The White Sox had lost twice in walk-off fashion in their previous three games against the...