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He did a lot better than rookie starter Junichi Tazawa.
Jayson Nix drove in three runs and the White Sox scored four times in both the second and third innings, beating the Red Sox 9-5 on Thursday night to avoid a four-game sweep.
"That's a pretty big win," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said, "just for the momentum, to get this fire up, get this energy back, get the hope."
The Red Sox battered Tazawa for all nine runs in four innings, five days after he pitched six scoreless innings in a 14-1 win over the New York Yankees. Green finished up, pitching two hitless innings while allowing three walks.
"I didn't really want to do it, but because of the situation today I had to do it," Green said. "When he told me
That was the 30-year-old Green, who turned pro in 2004 and last pitched in junior college.
John Danks (12-8) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings to improve to 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA in his last four starts and 5-1 in his last eight outings on the road.
"It helps us relax a little bit," Danks said. "We have plenty of time but, at the same time, we can't be digging ourselves a hole."
Chicago broke a four-game losing streak, snapped a tie for second place in the AL Central with Minnesota and moved four games behind Detroit. The Twins and Tigers were idle Thursday. The White Sox are 64-64 after dropping under .500 for the first time since June 28.
Boston remained six games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East and dropped to 1½ games ahead of Texas in the wild-card race.
Tazawa (2-3) pitched a perfect first inning before loading the bases with no outs when he allowed singles by Paul Konerko and Jim Thome and hit Carlos Quentin. Mark Kotsay hit a sacrifice fly, Nix followed with a two-run double and Scott Podsednik had an RBI single.
"Their guy was on the ropes and we were ready to attack," Nix said.
In the third, A.J. Pierzynski singled, went to third on Konerko's double and scored on Thome's sacrifice fly. Quentin then hit his 15th homer and Nix made it 8-0 with a run-scoring single.
Tazawa retired the first two batters in the fifth before Konerko walked and Thome doubled him home.
"He obviously wasn't commanding any of his secondary stuff," Francona said. "They were looking for that fastball and when you're throwing one pitch, you better be pretty fine with it."
Danks allowed just two singles in the first four innings and retired the leadoff batter in the fifth. But Drew and Gonzalez hit back-to-back homers, making it 9-2.
Green, who started 78 games at shortstop this season, threw 90 mph fastballs on his first two pitches.
"I didn't know what to expect," he said. "I haven't thrown a strike to a batter in like 11 years."
His last pitch was an 88 mph fastball that Podsednik hit sharply to the mound. Green speared it, fired to first baseman Kevin Youkilis and walked to the dugout to the cheers of the fans.
"I think they're going to make a change," Guillen joked. "They might start him and put [Tazawa] back in the bullpen."
|Second baseman Jayson Nix drives in three to help the ChiSox end a four-game skid. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chicago White Sox|
|Scott Podsednik, CF||6||0||1||1||0||0||6||.296|
|Gordon Beckham, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||2||1||.279|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||5||1||2||0||0||0||0||.316|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||3||3||2||0||2||0||1||.281|
|Jim Thome, DH||4||1||3||2||0||0||1||.258|
|Carlos Quentin, LF||4||2||1||2||0||1||2||.234|
|Mark Kotsay, RF||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.250|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||5||1||2||0||0||0||3||.273|
|Jayson Nix, 2B||4||1||2||3||1||0||3||.229|
|2B - Jim Thome (14, Tazawa), Alexei Ramirez (12, Tazawa), Jayson Nix (10, Tazawa)|
|HR - Carlos Quentin (15, Tazawa)|
|SF - Jim Thome (3), Mark Kotsay (3)|
|RBI - Scott Podsednik (40), Jim Thome 2 (74), Carlos Quentin 2 (35), Mark Kotsay (8), Jayson Nix 3 (29)|
|2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik (15), Jim Thome (28), Jayson Nix 3 (11)|
|SB - Scott Podsednik (22, 3rd base off Tazawa/Martinez)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Chicago White Sox|
|John Danks (W,12-8)||6||6||2||2||1||6||2||3.82|
|WP - John Danks (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 108-70, Octavio Dotel 32-20, Randy Williams 2-2, Bobby Jenks 13-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 3-8, Octavio Dotel 2-2, Randy Williams 1-0, Bobby Jenks 1-1|
|Batters Faced - John Danks 24, Octavio Dotel 9, Randy Williams 1, Bobby Jenks 4|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.298|
|Rocco Baldelli, CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.263|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||0||1||.299|
|Victor Martinez, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.290|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B-3B||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.306|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.230|
|Jason Bay, LF||3||0||1||1||1||2||1||.258|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.275|
|J.D. Drew, RF||3||2||2||2||1||1||1||.261|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||1||1||1||0||2||1||.220|
|2B - David Ortiz (28, Dotel), Jason Bay (25, Dotel)|
|HR - J.D. Drew 2 (18, Danks, Jenks), Alex Gonzalez (6, Danks)|
|RBI - David Ortiz (78), Jason Bay (90), J.D. Drew 2 (52), Alex Gonzalez (31)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (34), Jason Bay (34)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Victor Martinez (6, Throwing)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Junichi Tazawa (L,2-3)||4||10||9||9||1||2||1||6.65|
|HBP - Quentin (by Junichi Tazawa)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Junichi Tazawa 85-52, Manny Delcarmen 25-16, Ramon Ramirez 15-9, Nick Green 35-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Junichi Tazawa 2-8, Manny Delcarmen 3-3, Ramon Ramirez 2-0, Nick Green 3-3|
|Batters Faced - Junichi Tazawa 24, Manny Delcarmen 7, Ramon Ramirez 6, Nick Green 9|
|Attendance - 38003|
|Game Time - 3:04|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Adrian Johnson|