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Boston at Chicago

W: J. Beckett (11-4) L: D. Riske (0-2)
S: J. Papelbon (26)
HR: BOS - D. Ortiz (31)   CHW - J. Dye (23), J. Dye (24), J. Thome (30)

Power hitters put on clinic as Red Sox outlast White Sox

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- When Josh Beckett watched three of his pitches sail over the fence, he needed some help Saturday to get his 11th victory.

It came from all directions.

From David Ortiz's 31st homer. From clutch two-out hits from players at the bottom of the batting order. And from Boston's bullpen, which bailed him out of a no-out, bases-loaded situation in the seventh with the heart of Chicago's order at the plate.

Add it all up and the Red Sox had a 9-6 victory Saturday over the White Sox, their second straight win in the matchup between the last two World Series winners.

"I can't say enough of those guys coming in and getting out of that situation without giving up any runs," Beckett said of relievers Javier Lopez and Craig Hansen. "That's phenomenal to come in with no outs and Jim Thome, Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye coming up. That's unbelievable."

Beckett, who had earlier given up two homers to Dye and one to Thome, left with an 8-5 lead after the White Sox loaded the bases on a single and two walks.

But Lopez, traded from the White Sox to the Red Sox on June 15 for David Riske, struck out Thome. And Hansen got Konerko on a foul fly to right and Dye on a soft liner to short.

"It was nice to be able to come in and get the ball in that kind of a situation," Lopez said.

"The game was won with Lopez and Hansen," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "If they have a hiccup or don't command, we're in a boat load of trouble. They executed pitches very well to dangerous hitters."

Thome also credited Boston's bullpen. Jonathan Papelbon got the final out of the eighth and worked the ninth for his 26th save in 28 chances.

"They kept scoring and we really couldn't with their bullpen," Thome said. "They kind of really shut the middle of our lineup down."

Ortiz, who on Friday night became the first Red Sox player to reach 30 homers before the All-Star break, continued his tear with a two-run shot to center off Freddy Garcia that broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth. It was his eighth homer in eight games over a span of just 27 at-bats.

"I don't want to stop," Ortiz said. "Hopefully I'll go like that the rest of the way."

Beckett (11-4) allowed five runs and 10 hits. The hard-throwing right-hander gave up three homers for a second straight start and has surrendered a major league-high 26.

Trailing 5-3 after Ortiz's drive, the White Sox tied it in the bottom of the fifth as Scott Podsednik scored from third on a wild pitch and Thome connected to center for his 30th of the season.

But the Red Sox won the game with clutch two-out hits in the sixth and seventh innings, especially from the bottom of their order.

With two outs in the sixth, Alex Cora drew a walk from Riske (0-2), stole second and scored on Kevin Youkilis' single. In the seventh, Boston got consecutive two-out singles from Mike Lowell, Coco Crisp, Doug Mirabelli and Cora to make it 8-5.

The RBI singles by Mirabelli and Cora, the eighth and ninth batters in Boston's lineup, came off Jon Garland, a member of the White Sox's starting rotation who was brought in to relieve.

"Anytime you get two-out runs, it's kind of a crusher to the other team," Beckett said. "You're one out away from getting out of a jam and you get some two-out hits."

Trot Nixon, who made two nice catches in right, hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to give the Red Sox a four-run cushion in the eighth. Podsednik's RBI single cut it to 9-6 in the bottom half before the Red Sox called on Papelbon.

"The kid has a great future," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said of Papelbon, who's given up only two runs all season. "What he has done for the Boston Red Sox is amazing. They needed a closer the last couple of years and they have found one."

Dye's second homer of the game and 24th of the season, a two-run shot, tied it at 3 in the fourth after the Red Sox had scored three in the top half.

Nixon's flyball fell between shortstop Alex Cintron and center fielder Rob Mackowiak for a fourth-inning single before Lowell delivered a two-run double. Mirabelli had an RBI grounder for a 3-1 lead.

Garcia went five innings, giving up eight hits and five runs.


  • Ortiz's homer was his 150th with the Red Sox, good for 15th place on the team's career list.
  • Podsednik stole his 200th career base.
  • Manny Ramirez, who withdrew from the All-Star game Friday because of a sore knee, had two doubles, a single and a walk.
  • Garland made his first relief appearance since Sept. 7, 2004.
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David Ortiz hugs it out with Willie Harris after hitting his two-run homer in the fifth.  (AP)
David Ortiz hugs it out with Willie Harris after hitting his two-run homer in the fifth. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Lowell
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0

J. Dye
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2

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Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5011123 .301
Mark Loretta, 2B5220102 .305
David Ortiz, DH6122034 .281
Manny Ramirez, LF4130100 .311
Trot Nixon, RF4111022 .322
Mike Lowell, 3B5222004 .302
Coco Crisp, CF5120003 .264
Doug Mirabelli, C4012010 .176
Alex Cora, SS4121102 .313
2B - Manny Ramirez 2 (15, Garcia, Garcia), Mike Lowell (31, Garcia)
HR - David Ortiz (31, Garcia)
SF - Trot Nixon (4)
RBI - Kevin Youkilis (43), David Ortiz 2 (86), Trot Nixon (43), Mike Lowell 2 (45), Doug Mirabelli 2 (11), Alex Cora (10)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis (22), Doug Mirabelli (1), Alex Cora (4)
SB - Coco Crisp (7, 2nd base off Garcia/Pierzynski), Alex Cora 2 (4, 2nd base off Garcia/Pierzynski, 2nd base off Riske/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Lowell-Loretta-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (W,11-4) 61055243 4.75
Javier Lopez (H,4) 0.1000010 4.05
Craig Hansen (H,3) 1.1311000 5.06
Jonathan Papelbon (S,26) 1.1000120 0.41
WP - Josh Beckett (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 96-60, Javier Lopez 5-4, Craig Hansen 20-13, Jonathan Papelbon 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 6-7, Craig Hansen 2-2
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 29, Javier Lopez 1, Craig Hansen 7, Jonathan Papelbon 5
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF5131010 .273
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4000103 .287
Jim Thome, DH5121023 .298
Paul Konerko, 1B4110104 .314
Jermaine Dye, RF5223014 .320
A.J. Pierzynski, C5010011 .321
Joe Crede, 3B4120011 .298
Rob Mackowiak, CF4020000 .304
Alex Cintron, SS3000113 .287
2B - Jim Thome (11, Beckett)
HR - Jim Thome (30, Beckett), Jermaine Dye 2 (24, Beckett, Beckett)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (33), Jim Thome (76), Jermaine Dye 3 (66)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik (17)
SB - Scott Podsednik (28, 2nd base off Beckett/Mirabelli), Rob Mackowiak (2, 2nd base off Beckett/Mirabelli)
Team LOB - 9
Chicago White Sox
Freddy Garcia 5855041 4.91
David Riske (L,0-2) 0.2111210 2.79
Neal Cotts 1222020 3.09
Jon Garland 0.1311000 5.37
Matt Thornton 2200210 3.26
HBP - Mirabelli (by Freddy Garcia)
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 95-60, David Riske 26-13, Neal Cotts 19-14, Jon Garland 18-12, Matt Thornton 41-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 4-7, Neal Cotts 1-0, Matt Thornton 2-3
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 24, David Riske 5, Neal Cotts 5, Jon Garland 4, Matt Thornton 10
Game Information
Attendance - 39497
Game Time - 3:50
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Kerwin Danley