Boston at Chicago

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Boston (87-71)000100010241
Chi. White Sox (85-73) «00010031x5130

White Sox 5, Red Sox 2

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CHICAGO -- Freddy Garcia wants one last start like this one to take a strong 2010 finish into the offseason.

Omar Vizquel hit a go-ahead single in Chicago's three-run seventh inning and the White Sox backed Garcia in a 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.

After missing nearly three weeks with a sore back before returning Sept. 24, Garcia made his second quality start in a row, pitching into the eighth inning and gave up two runs on four hits.

"I'm really happy with tonight [and] we got second place at least" Garcia said. "My back pushed me back, but I'm back and I'll always be that way. I try to do my job and today that was my intention."

After Vizquel's hit, the White Sox made it 4-1 on a throwing error by catcher Victor Martinez and a single by Alexei Ramirez off Josh Beckett.

Beckett (6-6) went six innings for the Red Sox, who were eliminated from postseason contention on Tuesday. He gave up four runs on 11 hits, struck out five and walked four.

"He goes through six innings and gives up a solo home run," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "Then he gets into the seventh and gives up a bunt that we throw away, we had to walk some people because of the situation in the game, a ground ball moves through ... and we didn't have much offense."

Garcia (12-6) lasted into the eighth and gave up 2 earned runs on four hits. Garcia threw to two batters in the eight. He gave up four hits, walked none and struck out one.

The right-hander was making his 28th start of the season and first since being sidelined with lower back stiffness on Sept. 7.

Matt Thornton got the last four outs for his eighth save in 10 chances.

David Ortiz looped an RBI single to left against a shift in the fourth inning to make it 1-0 and tie Adrian Beltre for the team lead with 102 RBI.

In the bottom of the fourth, A.J. Pierzynski tied it at 1 with a solo homer.

J.D. Drew's bid for a go-ahead homer in the sixth was caught at the right-field wall by Alejandro De Aza.

Boston's Mike Lowell got one run back when he led off the eighth with his fourth home run of the year.

"I actually worked out with Freddy Garcia this offseason," Lowell said. "He grinds it out. He's not that 97 mph thrower anymore. He pitched well but I've got bragging rights."

Notes

Chicago added with a run on Juan Pierre's double-play grounder in the eighth. ... White Sox RF Carlos Quentin left after four innings with a sore left ankle. CF De Aza moved to right in his place and SS Brent Lillibridge came in to play center. ... Beckett had won two of his last three starts entering Wednesday. ... Before he left, Quentin robbed leadoff batter Marco Scutaro of an extra base hit to open the game. Scutaro lined Freddy Garcia's fourth pitch into right-center, but Quentin timed a perfect dive to make the catch. ... In the second inning, Ortiz tried to catch the White Sox in their shift and laid down a bunt, but he was thrown out.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Pierzynski
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

F. Garcia
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 0
K 1
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Marco Scutaro, 2B4110002 .273
J.D. Drew, RF4000003 .256
Victor Martinez, C4000011 .300
David Ortiz, DH4011000 .268
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000001 .323
Mike Lowell, 1B3111000 .226
Jed Lowrie, SS3010000 .283
Ryan Kalish, CF3000011 .250
Daniel Nava, LF2000100 .240
    Eric Patterson, PR-LF0000000 .220
Totals3124212  
Batting
2B - Marco Scutaro (37, Garcia)
HR - Mike Lowell (5, Garcia)
RBI - David Ortiz (102), Mike Lowell (24)
2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (48)
SB - Marco Scutaro (5, 3rd base off Garcia/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Scutaro-Lowrie-Lowell, Scutaro-Lowrie-Lowell, Lowrie-Lowell
E - Victor Martinez (8, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Beckett (L,6-6) 61144451 5.78
Hideki Okajima 1000010 4.63
Tim Wakefield 1211000 5.20
IBB - Kotsay by Josh Beckett, by Pierzynski
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 105-60, Hideki Okajima 14-10, Tim Wakefield 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 8-4, Hideki Okajima 1-0, Tim Wakefield 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 32, Hideki Okajima 2, Tim Wakefield 4
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4110110 .270
Omar Vizquel, 2B5111013 .282
Carlos Quentin, RF2000010 .243
    Brent Lillibridge, CF2010013 .250
A.J. Pierzynski, C3121100 .271
Alexei Ramirez, SS4021000 .283
Mark Teahen, DH1000100 .260
   a- Manny Ramirez, PH-DH1000013 .298
Mark Kotsay, 1B3010101 .239
Brent Morel, 3B4120013 .216
Alejandro De Aza, CF-RF4130000 .250
Totals33513346  
a-struck out for Teahen in the 7th
Batting
HR - A.J. Pierzynski (9, Beckett)
SH - Mark Teahen (2)
RBI - Omar Vizquel (30), A.J. Pierzynski (56), Alexei Ramirez (67)
Team LOB - 9
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Freddy Garcia (W,12-6) 7422011 4.64
J.J. Putz (H,14) 0.2000110 2.89
Matt Thornton (S,8) 1.1000000 2.73
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 84-61, J.J. Putz 13-6, Matt Thornton 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 10-10, Matt Thornton 1-3
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 25, J.J. Putz 3, Matt Thornton 4
Game Information
Attendance - 32084
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Jim Joyce