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Boston's playoff hopes dashed, lose to ChiSox

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CHICAGO -- Just about an hour after learning his team's playoff hopes were over, Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona watched as his bullpen blew a late-inning lead.

Paul Konerko tied the game in the eighth inning with a run-scoring double and Dayan Viciedo won it with a pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth as the Chicago White Sox rallied for a 5-4 victory Tuesday night.

Boston's slim playoff hopes were dashed about an hour before the game ended. Tampa Bays beat Baltimore 5-0 and New York defeated Toronto 6-1 to secure playoff berths and eliminate the Red Sox.

"It's disappointing. No fun going home before you want to regardless of what's happening [injuries]," Francona said.

A season with mounting injuries means the Red Sox won't be playing in the postseason for the first time since 2006.

"Watching the games on TV is going to feel weird," said David Ortiz, who has played in the playoffs six of the last eight years.

Chris Sale (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win for the White Sox, who snapped a seven-game home losing streak.

Juan Pierre singled with one out in the ninth off Michael Bowden (0-1). Pierre stole second and third off reliever Michael Bowden, who then walked pinch-hitter Mark Teahen. Viciedo ended the game with a single off Matt Fox just past a diving Daniel Nava in left.

The White Sox have won five of its last six games as they hope to close the season on a strong note.

"It's real important. You never want to go in the offseason with too much of a sour taste. It's going to be sour just because we're going to be watching in October, but we can end on a good note and carry it over to spring training and get ready for next year," Pierre said.

Trailing 4-3 in the eighth, Chicago's Manny Ramirez led off the inning with a walk. Brent Lillibridge came in as a pinch-runner and stole second. Konerko doubled to right off Daniel Bard to tie the game at 4. Bard ended the inning by striking out Andruw Jones with runners on first and third.

Ortiz homered for the Red Sox and John Lackey pitched six strong innings.

The Red Sox battled through season-ending injuries to Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis.

"With all that's happened, for us to be able to stay in it as long as we did this season shows something about the character of this team," Lackey said.

J.D. Drew homered and Adrian Beltre had two hits for Boston, which lost for the second time in six games.

Lackey allowed two runs, three hits and a walk while striking out five.

"I pitched all right, but if I don't go 7-plus innings, I don't feel it's a total success," Lackey said.

Carlos Quentin homered for the White Sox.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been impressed with Sale, who was drafted this season.

"Since Sale has been up in the big leagues, he has been unbelievable. He is opening a lot people's eyes. He is locked," said Guillen.

White Sox starter Edwin Jackson gave up four runs, three earned, struck out six and walked one.

Jackson allowed consecutive doubles in the second. Beltre led off the inning with a double down the left-field line and scored on Jed Lowrie's double.

Drew homered on a 2-2 pitch with one out in the third, his 21st of the season. Beltre drove in another run with a sacrifice fly.

Ramirez led off the fourth with a single. Two outs later, Quentin hit his 26th homer to cut the Red Sox lead to 3-2.

Ortiz hit his 32nd homer in the sixth.

Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison gave up consecutive singles to Quentin and Alexei Ramirez in the seventh. Rich Hill relieved Atchison and retired the first batter he faced then gave up an RBI single to Brent Morel.

Notes

  • C A.J. Pierzynski is unsure of his future with the White Sox. Pierzynski becomes a free agent after the season and has played the last six seasons with the White Sox. "Everyone knows where I stand with the White Sox and the people and the city," he said. "I've never said that I don't want to come back. The door is open. But we'll see what happens. It takes two to do that, make it possible. We'll see where it goes."
  • Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia underwent successful surgery to repair a ligament tear in his left thumb. Boston expects Saltalamacchia to be ready for spring training.
  • hite Sox OF Alex Rios is day-to-day after fouling a ball off his left knee.
 
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The White Sox's Carlos Quentin hits a two-run home run off Boston's starting pitcher John Lackey. (AP)
The White Sox's Carlos Quentin hits a two-run home run off Boston's starting pitcher John Lackey. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

C. Quentin
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Patterson, CF3000100 .220
   a- Daniel Nava, PH-LF1000010 .243
J.D. Drew, RF4111011 .258
Victor Martinez, 1B4110000 .303
David Ortiz, DH4131011 .268
Adrian Beltre, 3B3121001 .325
Jed Lowrie, SS4021012 .282
Josh Reddick, LF3000002 .214
   b- Darnell McDonald, PH-LF^CF1000012 .273
Jason Varitek, C4000022 .231
Felipe Lopez, 2B4000021 .229
Totals3549419  
a-struck out for Patterson in the 9th
b-struck out for Reddick in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (49, Jackson), Jed Lowrie (14, Jackson)
HR - J.D. Drew (21, Jackson), David Ortiz (32, Jackson)
SF - Adrian Beltre (7)
RBI - J.D. Drew (66), David Ortiz (101), Adrian Beltre (102), Jed Lowrie (21)
Team LOB - 6
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lackey 6322251 4.47
Scott Atchison0211000 4.32
Rich Hill (H,1) 1100000 0.00
Daniel Bard (BS,7) 1111210 1.96
Michael Bowden (L,0-1) 0.2111000 5.68
Dustin Richardson0000100 4.15
Matt Fox0100000 4.91
WP - Scott Atchison (3)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 108-69, Scott Atchison 4-3, Rich Hill 11-8, Daniel Bard 29-18, Michael Bowden 7-6, Dustin Richardson 5-1, Matt Fox 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 3-10, Rich Hill 2-1, Daniel Bard 1-1, Michael Bowden 1-1
Batters Faced - John Lackey 23, Scott Atchison 2, Rich Hill 4, Daniel Bard 6, Michael Bowden 3, Dustin Richardson 1, Matt Fox 1
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF5110003 .271
Omar Vizquel, 2B5000005 .283
Manny Ramirez, DH2110210 .299
    Brent Lillibridge, PR-DH0100000 .244
   a- Mark Teahen, PH-DH0000100 .261
Paul Konerko, 1B4011012 .310
    Gordon Beckham, PR0000000 .252
    Mark Kotsay, 1B0000000 .238
   b- Dayan Viciedo, PH1011000 .289
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000012 .269
Carlos Quentin, RF4222011 .244
Alexei Ramirez, SS3010110 .281
Alejandro De Aza, CF2010000 .083
   c- Andruw Jones, PH-CF2000014 .226
Brent Morel, 3B3011101 .191
Totals3559556  
a-walked for Lillibridge in the 9th
b-singled for Kotsay in the 9th
c-popped out for De Aza in the 7th
Batting
2B - Paul Konerko (30, Bard), Alejandro De Aza (1, Lackey)
HR - Carlos Quentin (26, Lackey)
RBI - Paul Konerko (107), Dayan Viciedo (9), Carlos Quentin 2 (87), Brent Morel (6)
2-OUT RBI - Dayan Viciedo (5), Carlos Quentin 2 (31)
SB - Juan Pierre 2 (63, 2nd base off Richardson/Varitek, 3rd base off Richardson/Varitek), Brent Lillibridge (5, 2nd base off Bard/Varitek), Brent Morel (2, 2nd base off Lackey/Varitek)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Vizquel-A. Ramirez-Konerko
E - Paul Konerko (7, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson 7743162 4.51
Chris Sale (W,2-1) 2200030 1.27
WP - Edwin Jackson (19)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 105-69, Chris Sale 33-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 8-7, Chris Sale 1-2
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 29, Chris Sale 8
Game Information
Attendance - 16982
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jim Wolf