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Wakefield continues hot streak, wins 16th in rout of ChiSox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Tim Wakefield's wakeup call came several years ago. To keep pitching he needed to work on more than just his baffling knuckleball. His body needed attention, too.

And that's why at age 41, he's having one of his best seasons. He allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings Saturday, joining teammate Josh Beckett as the only 16-game winners in the majors, and leading the surging Boston Red Sox to a 14-2 rout of the Chicago White Sox.

"I feel the same as I did in '05 and '04 and '03. I really started taking a lot of pride six years ago," Wakefield said.

Wakefield knew it was time to get in top shape to prolong his career.

"It was like, 'I'd better start doing stuff. I'm 35 and I want to continue to play until I'm in my 40s.' I take a lot of satisfaction that I've been in shape the last couple of years."

Wakefield (16-10) allowed a leadoff single to Jerry Owens in the first and not another hit until Jermaine Dye doubled and Danny Richar singled in the seventh. He walked three and struck out six.

His knuckleball was hard to handle and even harder to hit as Wakefield won for the 11th time in his last 14 starts. He has a decision in all of his 26 starts, the first to reach that number since Jack McDowell posted decisions in his first 27 starts with the Chicago White Sox in 1993.

"I'm going to try my best. It's a long way away as far as breaking records and all that stuff," Wakefield said. "I just want for us as a team to continue to win and get to the postseason. That's all that's important to me.

Wakefield got plenty of help from the potent Red Sox offense.

The Red Sox, who swept a doubleheader from slumping Chicago on Friday when Beckett won his 16th, got their major league-leading 79th win, breaking a scoreless tie by scoring four times in the sixth off Mark Buehrle (9-9). The rally was capped by Bobby Kielty's two-run bases-loaded single.

Kielty finished with four RBI and Mike Lowell had four hits for Boston, which has outscored Chicago 35-6 in the three-game series. The Red Sox have won five of their last six games.

"This is the time of year to get on that run. You can't coast through the season any more," Wakefield said. "It's like you have to leave the switch on right now."

Chicago got its only runs on Paul Konerko's two-run homer off reliever Kyle Snyder in the eighth. The White Sox lost for the 12th time in 14 games and fell 17 games under .500 for the first time since 1999.

Manager Ozzie Guillen met with his team after the game. He said his players haven't quit on him but he doesn't want them feeling sorry for themselves.

"It's not easy for me to come here and see this thing day in and day out," Guillen said, adding he went to the field so many times to change relief pitchers in Boston's eight-run eighth that he lost count.

"That's embarrassing. Not a good feeling," he said. "If I'm going to have this job, to feel this way every day, I'd rather be home because I have pride."

After allowing the single to Owens on an 0-2 pitch in the first, Wakefield walked A.J. Pierzynski but got out of it with two fly balls.

He walked Konerko and Dye in the fourth before striking out Juan Uribe to end the inning. And after surrendering the two hits in the seventh, he fanned Andy Gonzalez to end the threat.

Buehrle gave up a single to No. 2 hitter Coco Crisp in the first and not another hit until Dustin Pedroia beat out a single to deep short to start the sixth.

One out later David Ortiz slapped a double into the left field corner and the White Sox walked Manny Ramirez intentionally to load the bases.

But Lowell foiled the strategy by hitting a 1-2 pitch to left for an RBI single, and Kevin Youkilis followed with another run-scoring hit in almost the same spot to make it 2-0.

Moments later Kielty came through with a third straight single in the hole to left to score Ramirez. Lowell also raced home when Chicago left fielder Andy Gonzalez hesitated throwing the ball back to the infield, and Boston had a 4-0 lead.

Youkilis added an RBI double in the seventh.

The Red Sox made it a rout with eight in the eighth off shaky Chicago relievers Ryan Bukvich and Mike MacDougal, who combined to give up four hits, four walks, two hit batsmen and two wild pitches.

Notes

  • Boston has won six of seven from the White Sox this season, outscoring them 66-20.
  • Kielty has long been a tough out for Buehrle, entering the game 16-for-45 (.356) against him, including a homer in 2002 when he was with the Twins that denied the Chicago lefty a 20-win season.
 
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Mike Lowell smacks four hits for Boston as the Red Sox continue to pile it on the South Siders.  (AP)
Mike Lowell smacks four hits for Boston as the Red Sox continue to pile it on the South Siders. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

M. Lowell
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
Boston

T. Wakefield
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 3
K 6
 
Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5222103 .321
Coco Crisp, CF4121211 .273
David Ortiz, DH5222001 .325
   a- J.D. Drew, PH-DH1000013 .261
Manny Ramirez, LF3200213 .290
    Eric Hinske, LF0100100 .208
Mike Lowell, 3B6242011 .324
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5122102 .294
Bobby Kielty, RF5134102 .241
Alex Cora, SS5100014 .254
Kevin Cash, C2100210 .182
Totals41141513106  
a-struck out for Ortiz in the 8th
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (28, Bukvich), David Ortiz (40, Buehrle), Kevin Youkilis (33, Wassermann), Bobby Kielty (2, MacDougal)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia 2 (40), Coco Crisp (48), David Ortiz 2 (85), Mike Lowell 2 (92), Kevin Youkilis 2 (69), Bobby Kielty 4 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Pedroia (13), Coco Crisp (19), Kevin Youkilis (26), Bobby Kielty (1)
Team LOB - 12
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield (W,16-10) 7300360 4.16
Kyle Snyder 1122001 3.78
Javier Lopez 1200000 2.76
HBP - Pierzynski (by Kyle Snyder)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 112-74, Kyle Snyder 17-10, Javier Lopez 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 3-12, Kyle Snyder 1-2, Javier Lopez 2-1
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 27, Kyle Snyder 5, Javier Lopez 5
Chicago White Sox
Jerry Owens, CF5010012 .245
Josh Fields, 3B4000011 .238
A.J. Pierzynski, C2100110 .269
Paul Konerko, DH3112102 .266
Darin Erstad, 1B4000013 .272
Jermaine Dye, RF3020100 .249
Juan Uribe, SS4000014 .221
Danny Richar, 2B4020000 .200
Andy Gonzalez, LF4000013 .220
Totals3326236  
Batting
2B - Jermaine Dye 2 (27, Wakefield, Lopez)
HR - Paul Konerko (26, Snyder)
RBI - Paul Konerko 2 (71)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko 2 (25)
SB - Jerry Owens (21, 2nd base off Wakefield/Cash)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Richar-Uribe-Erstad, Thornton-Uribe-Erstad
E - Danny Richar (2, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (L,9-9) 6644330 3.50
Boone Logan 0.2111100 4.39
Ehren Wassermann 0.1200000 3.00
Ryan Bukvich0255100 4.50
Mike MacDougal 0.2233320 5.85
Matt Thornton 1.1211210 5.32
IBB - Ramirez by Mark Buehrle
HBP - Cora (by Ryan Bukvich), Cash (by Ryan Bukvich)
WP - Mike MacDougal 2 (5), Matt Thornton (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 99-64, Boone Logan 11-4, Ehren Wassermann 10-6, Ryan Bukvich 27-16, Mike MacDougal 27-11, Matt Thornton 26-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 9-7, Boone Logan 1-0, Ehren Wassermann 1-0, Matt Thornton 2-0
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 28, Boone Logan 3, Ehren Wassermann 3, Ryan Bukvich 5, Mike MacDougal 7, Matt Thornton 7
Game Information
Attendance - 38874
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Rob Drake