BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have postponed Friday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox because of snow and rain.

The series opener will be rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.

Bostonians woke up on Friday morning to a heavy snow that dropped an inch or two on the city, with other areas of New England expecting as many as six inches. Rain and snow were expected to continue through the night.

The Red Sox were returning home from their first road trip of the season, seven games over eight days in Baltimore and Minnesota. After losing their first three games of the season, the Red Sox won nine in a row before losing to the Twins on Thursday.

Boston will send Nick Pivetta to the mound Saturday against Dylan Cease in a matchup of right-handers. Cease was reinstated from the injured list Friday following a series of negative COVID-19 tests, and right-hander Zack Burdi was optioned to Chicago’s alternate training site.

Dallas Keuchel will start one of Sunday’s games for the White Sox, and the team hasn’t announced its other starter. Martin Perez will start one of the doubleheader games for the Red Sox.

Lucas Giolito pitches Monday against Boston’s Nathan Eovaldi.

Although the Boston Marathon has been postponed until October because of the pandemic, the series finale will be the traditional Patriots Day game, with an 11:10 a.m. first pitch.

RAYS 8, YANKEES 2: Brandon Lowe hit a two-run double in the first inning off opener Nick Nelson, and visiting Tampa Bay kept up its domination of New York.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

BRAVES 5, CUBS 2: Kyle Wright plunked four batters but still left with the lead after a last-minute call-up, Will Smith stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning and Atlanta escaped with a win at Chicago.

Wright was recalled from the club’s alternate site to replace Drew Smyly, who was scratched and placed on the 10-day injured list because of left forearm inflammation. Wright limited Chicago to two runs and three hits over 4 1/3 innings. He also doubled for his first career hit.

Four relievers, including winner Josh Tomlin (2-0), kept the Cubs scoreless until Smith entered for the ninth. Atlanta’s closer walked the bases loaded with two outs before striking out Joc Pederson to cap his third save in three tries.

Willson Contreras homered off Wright as the Cubs lost their second straight and fifth of six.

PHILLIES 9, CARDINALS 2: Zach Eflin pitched into the eighth inning, J.T. Realmuto hit a two-run homer and Philadelphia won at home.

Eflin (1-0) allowed six hits, struck out six and walked none in seven-plus innings. The lanky right-hander retired 12 straight at one point and exited after surrendering a two-run homer to Justin Williams in the eighth.

MARLINS 4, GIANTS 1: Starling Marte snapped an eighth-inning tie with a three-run homer and Miami beat visiting San Francisco.

Jazz Chisholm Jr. also homered for the Marlins. Marte’s shot to left-center field off reliever Wandy Peralta sent Miami to its fifth victory in six games.

NATIONALS 1, DIAMONDBACKS 0: Kyle Schwarber homered in the bottom of the ninth inning, helping Washington win at home as Max Scherzer passed Cy Young on baseball’s career strikeouts list.

Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, struck out the side in the seventh to move into 22nd place on baseball’s strikeout list. He finished with 10 strikeouts, giving him 2,808 for his career, and allowed two singles and walked two in seven innings.

INTERLEAGUE

REDS 10, INDIANS 3: Joey Votto hit a two-run homer to cap a seven-run third inning and Cincinnati cruised past visiting Cleveland.

Jeff Hoffman (2-1) gave the Reds another solid start, surrendering just a run and seven hits through six innings and helping himself with a looping RBI single in the third. Nick Castellanos homered in the sixth inning for the Reds, who struck first in the weekend battle of Ohio.


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