Saturday, August 31, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 7, White Sox 2
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- Entering the final 30 games of the regular season at the start of this homestand, the Boston Red Sox set a goal to win as many of the remaining 10 series as possible.
So far, so good.
The Red Sox took two of three from the Baltimore Orioles this week, and Saturday’s 7-2 win made it two in row over the Chicago White Sox. So Boston has won this series, too. In fact, the Red Sox enter Sunday's finale having won six of their last seven games, eight of their last 11 and nine of their last 13.
Red Sox starter Jake Peavy handled his former teammates and kept Chicago’s offense at bay all night. The veteran right-hander worked seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts. He tossed 109 pitches (68 strikes).
He finished his sixth start with the Red Sox strong, retiring 10 of the last 11 batters he faced, and now has a 3.18 ERA with a 3-1 record since arriving in Boston at the trade deadline.
After Peavy retired the side in order in the top of the first inning, the Red Sox gained the early lead.
Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single, and later scored on Mike Napoli’s two-out single to give Boston a 1-0 lead.
Chicago tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third inning, but the Red Sox responded with Jonny Gomes’ RBI double in the bottom half to go up 2-1. The White Sox kept scratching away and knotted the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth.
Boston, however, produced three runs in the bottom of the inning thanks in part to an RBI-double by Ellsbury and an RBI each for Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz for a 5-2 lead.
The Red Sox added another run in the fifth inning on Xander Bogaerts’ RBI single for a 6-2 advantage. Just for good measure, Ortiz added another RBI single in the bottom of the sixth for a 7-2 lead.
With a five-run cushion, Peavy handed the ball over to the bullpen, and relievers Craig Breslow and Drake Britton finished the job.
Up next: The Red Sox send lefty Felix Doubront (10-6, 3.74 ERA) to the bump in the series finale Sunday. He’ll face Chicago righty Andre Rienzo (1-0, 4.21).