Chicago White Sox 5 – Kansas City Royals 2
Highlights: After 99 pitches over six innings, Jose Quintana gave the Chicago White Sox a chance to win. Then Avisail Garcia gave him the rest of the afternoon off. Garcia’s two-run home run in the sixth inning broke a tie and lifted the White Sox to a 5-2 victory Wednesday, completing a series sweep of the reeling Kansas City Royals, who finished their trip 0-7. Manager Rick Renteria dispatched relievers Dan Jennings, Tommy Kahnle, Nate Jones and David Robertson for three scoreless innings, with Robertson converting his fifth save in five tries. Garcia’s two-run homer, his fourth of the season, went to deep center field to give Chicago a 4-2 lead. Leury Garcia added a solo home run in the seventh inning for the White Sox, who earned their fourth straight win. Chicago’s Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier had consecutive two-out RBI doubles in the first inning to open the scoring.
Chicago Cubs 5 – Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Highlights: Gift Ngoepe, the first African to reach the major leagues, singled in his first plate appearance and Josh Harrison led off the bottom of the first with a home run Wednesday night to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Wade LeBlanc (1-0), who pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of rookie Tyler Glasnow, got the win. Andrew McCutchen and Phil Gosselin hit run-scoring doubles in a three-run third that pushed the Pirates’ lead to 5-1. After the Cubs got within two runs, Josh Bell gave the Pirates a 6-3 lead with a solo home run in the sixth inning off Jon Lester. Anthony Rizzo‘s two-run homer deep into the right-field stands in the eighth inning off Daniel Hudson drew the Cubs within 6-5. Tony Watson then got the last four outs for his seventh save in as many chances.
Chicago Bulls 97 – Boston Celtics 108
Highlights: Avery Bradley scored 24 points to lead Boston to a 108-97 victory and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Isaiah Thomas also scored 24 for the Celtics, the top seed in the East. Al Horford had 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Celtics. Bradley’s 24 points were a career playoff high, and held Bulls star Jimmy Butler to 14 points, and just one foul shot. Dwyane Wade had 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. But Wade and Robin Lopez were called for technical fouls 32 seconds apart with just under five minutes left, helping the Celtics to a 20-5 run that turned an 84-84 game into a 15-point Boston lead.