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CHICAGO (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are making a habit of rallying for victories. No such luck this time Eugenio Suarez Jersey , though.Yoan Moncada and Matt Davidson homered, prized prospect Michael Kopech combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, and the Chicago White Sox waited out a long rain delay to beat Boston 6-1 on Friday.The major league-leading Red Sox had won three in a row and trailed in each of them, including a 9-4 victory in the opener of the four-game set. They couldn’t pull this one out. And their lead in the AL Central is now 7 1/2 games over the New York Yankees, who rallied for a 7-5 win over Detroit.Moncada made it 3-0 with a two-run drive against Nathan Eovaldi (5-7) in the first inning. Davidson added a three-run shot off Tyler Thornburg in the seventh as the White Sox won for the sixth time in eight games.Eovaldi gave up three runs and three hits over two innings in losing his third straight start.“We need this guy to be good, and we know he can be good,” manager Alex Cora said. “His stuff is that good. But we’ve got to fix it. We’ve got to find something so he can be better.”In his first outing against the team that drafted him in the first round in 2014, the hard-throwing Kopech gave up one hit in three innings. He also hit two batters before a downpour with Chicago batting in the third cut his third major league start short.The game was delayed for 2 hours, 9 minutes.Dylan Covey (5-12) then tossed three-hit ball over three-plus innings. Juan Minaya gave up a run in two innings and Ian Hamilton worked the ninth.“I think we’re all pulling in the same direction right now, and it’s a lot of fun to be a part of right now ,” Kopech said. “Since I’ve been here, we’ve been a winning team, and hopefully it stays that way for a long time.”Boston’s Andrew Benintendi homered in the eighth. Xander Bogaerts picked up his first career ejection after he got called out on strikes two batters later, and pitcher Rick Porcello got tossed arguing from the dugout in the bottom half even though he did not appear in the game.Kopech has been limited to 11 innings over three starts because of bad weather. He threw just two innings in his debut against Minnesota before going six strong innings in a win over Detroit on Sunday.SHAKY STARTThe way this one started, it looked as if Kopech might not get out of the first.Acquired in the deal that sent ace Chris Sale to Boston in December 2016, he hit Mookie Betts with the game’s first offering and walked Benintendi on four pitches. But Kopech worked his way out of the jam.He caught Betts off second as he broke to steal third, and then retired J.D. Martinez and Bogaerts.In the bottom half, Eovaldi hit Yolmer Sanchez leading off and gave up an RBI double to Avisail Garcia on an 0-2 count with one out. Garcia then made a neat slide tagging up on Daniel Palka’s fly to center before Moncada went the other way and drove a 1-2 fastball to the left-field bullpen.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: Cora said LHP David Price (bruised left wrist) “most likely” won’t make his scheduled start next week at Atlanta. He still is sore and hasn’t thrown since he was struck on his pitching wrist by a line drive against Miami on Wednesday. … Sale (mild inflammation in pitching shoulder) threw long toss and on flat ground after playing catch the previous four days. Though the Red Sox haven’t set a return date, Cora thinks Sale will make a few starts before the playoffs. … The Red Sox plan to activate C Christian Vazquez (broken finger) prior to Saturday’s game. He has not played since July 7.UP NEXTRed Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (11-3, 3.44 ERA) makes his first start since July 14 Tucker Barnhart Jersey , after being sidelined by a sprained right ankle.White Sox: LHP Carlos Rodon (6-3, 2.70 ERA) is 5-0 with a 1.84 ERA over his past nine starts. From Milwaukee's perspective, Miley is the perfect player to halt any momentum the Dodgers gained at home in Games 4 and 5.Miley will have his manager's trust, but don't expect him to last more than six innings given how much Counsell has relied on his bullpen.During his time on the mound, Miley must keep the Los Angeles hitters off balance and allow his teammates to open up an advantage at the dish.If he accomplishes the goal of producing six solid innings, the Brewers should turn to Josh Hader and possibly one or two more relievers to close out the victory.The most important impact left by Miley's quality start will be the rest it hands the bullpen, as we could easily see Counsell utilize a bullpen-heavy platoonin Game 7.Will Dodgers Alter Lineup Again?Dodgers manager Dave Roberts delivered a surprise of his own to start Game 5, as he moved Cody Bellinger to the leadoff spot after he recorded two hits off the bench in Game 4.With Miley once again scheduled to start, it will be interesting to see how Roberts aligns his order, as he put Bellinger at the top of a lineup dominated by right-handed hitters to face the Milwaukee left-hander.Bellinger earned a five-pitch walk in the first inning against Miley and ignited a seventh-inning rally with a double to left field.The versatile 23-year-old did enough in Game 5 to keep his place in the lineup , and it seems likely he will lead off against Miley.However, Roberts could move Chris Taylor back to the leadoff position and drop Bellinger further down the order in an attempt to produce more hits with runners in scoring position.A change similar to the one Roberts made in the fourth inning of Game 5 could be made to start Game 6, but that would mean an extra left-handed bat would be added to the lineup.Bringing in an additional left-handed bat in the form of Joc Pederson might not seem ideal because the 26-year-old holds a .181 career average against southpaws, but the outfielder has three home runs and 5 RBI in 21 at-bats at Miller Park.Jae Hong/Associated PressKeeping Bellinger and adding Pederson would force Max Muncy to the bench and put Taylor at second base to start the contest, with Bellinger and Pederson both hitting behind Manny Machado.Given the stakes of the game and the versatility of his roster, Roberts can change his combination of players on the field at any time. And he will make the tweaks that will benefit the Dodgers.Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90.

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