New-look Red Sox top White Sox 7-4, Gonzalez HR starts rally

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Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts (2) acknowledges the dugout after hitting a two-RBI double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

BOSTON – Wearing their new blue-and-yellow uniforms, the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 Saturday when Marwin Gonzalez homered to key a four-run rally in the eighth inning.

The uniforms — lacking any red — honor the Boston Marathon with the colors that stretch across the finish line of the famous race. They featured yellow tops with powder-blue lettering across the front, numbers on the back and caps, with white pants.

Boston was the first of seven big league teams that will don a new City Series look this season, and will wear them this weekend. The Marathon, usually held on Patriots’ Day in conjunction with an 11 a.m. start for the Red Sox at Fenway Park, was moved to Oct. 11 due to the pandemic.

Xander Bogaerts and Kiké Hernández each had a double and three singles for the Red Sox. Bogaerts’ double drove in two runs in the eighth that carried Boston to its 10th win in 11 games.

“Baseball is fun again,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “Baseball is fun in Fenway. I don't know how many people we had in there, but it was loud.”

Gonzalez homered into Boston’s bullpen off Cody Heuer (1-1). J.D. Martinez drew a bases-loaded walk off reliever José Ruiz before Bogaerts’ ground-rule hit dropped in down the right-field line before bouncing into the stands.

“This is a pretty good team, a pretty special team,” Gonzalez said.

Chicago right fielder Adam Eaton robbed Rafael Devers of a homer when he made a leaping grab before crashing into the wall and hit an RBI double. José Abreu added an RBI double and two hits.