BOSTON -- David Ortiz gets frustrated when he lines the ball right at fielders. On Friday night, he hit two drives over all of them and into the stands.
His two-homer game was the best of his outstanding season and led the Boston Red Sox back from a four-run deficit against the Chicago White Sox and Mark Buehrle to a 9-8 win in a meeting of the AL's two best teams.
"As long as they throw you pitches that you can hit, you've got to try to not miss it," said Ortiz, who went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a career-high six RBI."
Fearful of facing Boston's slugger, pitchers walked him 17 times in 13 games before Friday. He's also been hurt by a defensive overshift that places three infielders on the right side.
"He's very proud. When they put that shift on, sometimes he loses hits," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He's been robbed a few times ... but those are some beautiful swings."
Ortiz broke a 5-all tie with a leadoff homer in the seventh then added a three-run shot in the eighth for his 28th homer and 99th RBI of the season.
"This guy is lethal," Boston starter David Wells said. "The man hits the ball in, away, up, down. You name it. He is up for the challenge every night."
The Red Sox won their fifth straight game and 13th in 15. It also was their 12th consecutive win at Fenway Park, their second best home streak in history. Chicago lost its second game in its last six.
"We came back and that's something I feel good about," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We never give up."
Buehrle (13-5) gave up two homers -- a two-run shot by Jason Varitek that tied the game in the fifth and the solo homer by Ortiz. Buehrle had allowed no homers in his previous five starts and one in his last 11. He allowed 12 hits, the second most this season, in seven innings.
"Toughest (lineup) I've faced," said Buehrle, who gave up five runs and 10 hits on July 21 but got no decision in Boston's 6-5 win. Hopefully, "if it comes down to the playoffs, I can get my revenge."
Chad Bradford (1-0) replaced Wells with two outs and a runner on first in the seventh and retired both batters he faced.
Ortiz, who entered the game with a .206 batting average in 91 at-bats since the All-Star break, doubled in Boston's first two runs in the third, singled and scored on Varitek's homer then hit a 2-2 pitch into the left-field seats when he went for the same inside pitch Buehrle had thrown to him several times.
"I finally went, OK, I've got to give up on my pitch and try to look for his pitch," Ortiz said. "That was the only reason why I hit it."
"You have to be mentally strong to pitch to this lineup," Jenks said. "You make a mistake and they're going to put it into play."
The game featured the best road team in the majors and the best home team in the AL. Chicago is 38-18 away from home, while Boston is 37-18 at Fenway Park.
The White Sox led 4-0 after two innings, but the Red Sox tied the game on Varitek's homer, the ninth off Buehrle this season.
Chicago scored two unearned runs in the first when Scott Podsednik led off with a single and took third when left fielder Ramirez dropped a liner by Konerko, who stayed at first. Aaron Rowand then tripled.The White Sox made it 4-0 in the second on Carl Everett's two-run single.
Boston cut the lead to 4-3 on Ortiz's two-run double in the third and Kapler's RBI single in the fourth.
Everett led off the fifth with his 17th homer before Varitek tied it in the bottom of the inning when he followed Ortiz's single with his 18th homer, breaking a tie with Chicago's A.J. Pierzynski for most homers by a catcher in the majors this year.
- Ortiz has 100 homers for Boston, the 27th player in club history to reach that total.
- Johnny Damon extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the sixth, his third streak of at least 15 games this season.
- Everett's 3 RBI gave him 37 in his last 43 games.
- Wells issued no walks for his fourth straight game, a span of 26 innings. He's walked 12 batters in 130 innings and none in 11 of his 21 starts.
- Buehrle allowed more than five runs for the third time in 24 starts this year.
- Boston is 18-20 in series openers.