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BOSTON -- David Ortiz has racked up enough hits in his career to know how to remain positive during a rough stretch. Now, it looks like everything's fine again with Big Papi.
Ortiz continued his rebound from a miserable stretch with two hits and three RBIs, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 7-6 victory against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday that completed a sweep of their three-game series.
"Everybody went crazy, but I said don't worry about me," he said of his recent slump. "Worry about me when I go to the plate without a baseball bat. It's been fine. It wasn't like my timing was totally off. It was one of those situations where you walk into it. It happens to everybody. I wasn't getting a hit. It wasn't like I was swinging like I didn't know what I was doing. It was one of those funks you walk into -- four, five, maybe six games."
Ortiz is 5 for 9 with six RBI since going hitless in his previous 23 at-bats. He needs two hits to become the 39th player in major league history with 2,000 hits, 400 home runs and 1,400 RBI.
Manager John Farrell felt the slugger's cold spell turned around with key two-run single in the series opener Friday.
"Yeah, just a matter of timing. Some things he's been working on early [in the day]," he said. "You can kind of pinpoint that two-run base hit the other night that has allowed him to relax a little bit and not over swinging the bat."
Stephen Drew added a solo home run for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who won for the seventh time in eight games.
Brandon Workman (4-2) got four outs in relief for the victory after starter Felix Doubront couldn't make it out of the fourth inning. Koji Uehara, the fifth Red Sox reliever, worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save.
"We have some young guys that are going to have to learn while they're here," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of his team's pitching woes the past two days. "Sometimes it doesn't look pretty. You've got to be able to learn from it and keep going."
Chicago lost 7-2 on Saturday night.
Leading 5-4 in the fourth, the Red Sox scored a pair of runs against reliever Charlie Leesman -- one coming on a weird play at third. With Jacoby Ellsbury on third and one out, Dustin Pedroia hit a line drive that third baseman Gillaspie made what looked like a diving grab on, but the ball dropped out of his glove as he stretched trying to double-up Ellsbury. Gillaspie then got up and fired to first, bouncing one wild as the run scored and Pedroia advanced to second.
Third base umpire Paul Nauert ruled that he dropped it before completing the catch. Ventura argued and was tossed by second base umpire Dana DeMuth. Ortiz followed with an RBI single, making it 7-4.
"Obviously, I think I caught it," Gillaspie said. "Until I know that for sure, I'm going to try to get the guy out at first running, too."
Flowers' home run cut it to 7-6 in the eighth.
Boston had opened a 5-0 lead after three innings against starter Andre Rienzo (1-1) before the White Sox rallied back with four in the fourth, chasing Doubront.
Doubront lasted only 3 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and four runs, snapping Boston's streak of a starter allowing three runs or fewer at 11 games. It matched the longest by the team since 1988. The previous best was 12 in 1915.
In the fourth, Jeff Keppinger had a sacrifice fly, Dayan Viciedo an RBI double and Gillaspie a two-run single. The White Sox had the bases loaded, but Workman struck out Leury Garcia to end the inning.
Ortiz's two-run double capped a four-run second after Ellsbury had a two-run single. Drew's homer made it 5-0.
Rienzo gave up five runs and five hits in three innings.
|David Ortiz needs two hits to become the 39th player in major league history with 2,000 hits, 400 homers and 1,400 RBI. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chicago (A.L.) White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF||4||0||0||0||1||1||0||.268|
|Leury Garcia, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||2||3||.190|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||5||2||3||0||0||1||1||.288|
|Paul Konerko, DH||4||1||2||1||1||1||1||.245|
|Avisail Garcia, RF||3||1||1||0||1||1||3||.297|
|Jeff Keppinger, 1B||3||0||0||1||0||0||4||.246|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.258|
|Conor Gillaspie, 3B||4||0||1||2||0||0||0||.244|
|Tyler Flowers, C||4||1||2||1||0||2||0||.195|
|2B - Dayan Viciedo (19, Doubront)|
|HR - Tyler Flowers (10, Breslow)|
|SF - Jeff Keppinger (5)|
|RBI - Paul Konerko (45), Jeff Keppinger (37), Dayan Viciedo (46), Conor Gillaspie 2 (32), Tyler Flowers (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dayan Viciedo (20), Conor Gillaspie 2 (13), Tyler Flowers (12)|
|SB - Leury Garcia (3, 2nd base off Doubront/Saltalamacchia), Alexei Ramirez 2 (29, 2nd base off Doubront/Saltalamacchia, 2nd base off Workman/Saltalamacchia)|
|CS - Avisail Garcia (3, 2nd base by Doubront/Saltalamacchia)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - A. Ramirez-Garcia-Keppinger|
|E - Conor Gillaspie (11, Throwing)|
|PB - Tyler Flowers (8)|
|Chicago (A.L.) White Sox|
|Andre Rienzo (L,1-1)||3||5||5||5||4||3||1||5.03|
|Pitches-Strikes - Andre Rienzo 77-43, Charlie Leesman 82-45, Nate Jones 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andre Rienzo 2-4, Charlie Leesman 7-5, Nate Jones 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Andre Rienzo 18, Charlie Leesman 19, Nate Jones 2|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||4||2||1||2||1||0||1||.299|
|Shane Victorino, RF||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.295|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.228|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||1||2||0||1||0||1||.300|
|David Ortiz, DH||3||0||2||3||1||0||0||.315|
|Daniel Nava, LF-RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||5||.294|
|Mike Carp, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.307|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||2||1||0||0||2||0||0||.266|
|Stephen Drew, SS||4||1||1||1||0||0||4||.248|
|Xander Bogaerts, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.316|
|2B - David Ortiz (29, Rienzo)|
|HR - Stephen Drew (11, Rienzo)|
|RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (50), David Ortiz 3 (85), Stephen Drew (54)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (18), David Ortiz 2 (27), Stephen Drew (34)|
|SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (51, 2nd base off Leesman/Flowers), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1, 2nd base off Rienzo/Flowers)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Brandon Workman (W,4-2)||1.1||2||1||1||1||1||0||4.50|
|Franklin Morales (H,2)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||5.82|
|Junichi Tazawa (H,22)||0.2||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.67|
|Craig Breslow (H,12)||1||1||1||1||0||0||1||2.22|
|Koji Uehara (S,16)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.17|
|Pitches-Strikes - Felix Doubront 90-60, Brandon Workman 33-22, Franklin Morales 16-12, Junichi Tazawa 14-8, Craig Breslow 10-6, Koji Uehara 15-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Doubront 1-5, Brandon Workman 1-2, Franklin Morales 1-2, Craig Breslow 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Felix Doubront 18, Brandon Workman 7, Franklin Morales 5, Junichi Tazawa 3, Craig Breslow 4, Koji Uehara 3|
|Attendance - 37053|
|Game Time - 3:39|
|Temperature - 74|
|Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Paul Nauert|