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Chicago at Boston

W: C. Bradford (1-0) L: M. Buehrle (13-5)
HR: CHW - C. Everett (17), T. Iguchi (11), P. Konerko (29)   BOS - J. Varitek (18), D. Ortiz (27), D. Ortiz (28)

Ortiz has 6 RBI as BoSox nip ChiSox in battle of AL's best

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

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.

Boston held on in the ninth when Curt Schilling allowed a solo homer to Tadahito Iguchi and a two-run shot to Paul Konerko.

"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."

In the eighth, he followed walks to Gabe Kapler and Edgar Renteria with a homer to straightaway center off Bobby Jenks.

"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.
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David Ortiz' two-homer game is his best outing in an already outstanding season. (AP)
David Ortiz' two-homer game is his best outing in an already outstanding season. (AP)

Players of the Game

D. Ortiz
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 2

C. Everett
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF5220002 .282
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4111012 .283
Carl Everett, DH5233001 .264
Paul Konerko, 1B5222002 .268
Aaron Rowand, CF5012031 .285
Jermaine Dye, RF4000021 .265
A.J. Pierzynski, C4110010 .270
Joe Crede, 3B4000011 .243
Juan Uribe, SS3020001 .248
   a- Geoff Blum, PH1000000 .231
a-grounded out for Uribe in the 9th
3B - Aaron Rowand (2, Wells)
HR - Tadahito Iguchi (11, Schilling), Carl Everett (17, Wells), Paul Konerko (29, Schilling)
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (46), Carl Everett 3 (67), Paul Konerko 2 (76), Aaron Rowand 2 (50)
2-OUT RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (20), Carl Everett 2 (24), Paul Konerko 2 (25), Aaron Rowand 2 (20)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Crede-Iguchi-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (L,13-5) 71266222 2.99
Luis Vizcaino 0.1011100 3.96
Neal Cotts 0.1000010 2.06
Bobby Jenks 0.1122111 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 113-80, Luis Vizcaino 12-6, Neal Cotts 7-4, Bobby Jenks 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 11-7, Luis Vizcaino 1-0
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 34, Luis Vizcaino 2, Neal Cotts 1, Bobby Jenks 3
Boston Red Sox
Johnny Damon, CF5010015 .337
    Adam Stern, RF0000000 .143
Edgar Renteria, SS4210114 .279
David Ortiz, DH5346000 .297
Manny Ramirez, LF4010122 .287
Jason Varitek, C4122000 .305
Kevin Millar, 1B4110002 .276
Tony Graffanino, 2B4010002 .307
Bill Mueller, 3B3110100 .289
Gabe Kapler, RF-CF3111101 .367
2B - Edgar Renteria (22, Buehrle), David Ortiz (31, Buehrle)
HR - David Ortiz 2 (28, Buehrle, Jenks), Jason Varitek (18, Buehrle)
RBI - David Ortiz 6 (99), Jason Varitek 2 (54), Gabe Kapler (4)
2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz 5 (38)
Team LOB - 7
E - Manny Ramirez (2, dropped fly)
Boston Red Sox
David Wells 6.2953051 4.43
Chad Bradford (W,1-0) 0.2000000 2.45
Mike Myers (H,7) 0.1000010 3.04
Mike Timlin (H,23) 0.1000010 1.41
Curt Schilling 1333012 6.14
HBP - Iguchi (by David Wells)
WP - Chad Bradford (1)
Pitches-Strikes - David Wells 103-75, Chad Bradford 5-4, Mike Myers 4-3, Mike Timlin 5-3, Curt Schilling 18-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Wells 8-8, Chad Bradford 2-0, Curt Schilling 2-0
Batters Faced - David Wells 31, Chad Bradford 2, Mike Myers 1, Mike Timlin 1, Curt Schilling 6
Game Information
Attendance - 35132
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Terry Craft, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Rick Reed