Sunday, September 1, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 7, White Sox 6
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- It wasn’t pretty, but the Red Sox continued their winning ways with a 7-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.
With the win, the Red Sox completed a three-game sweep. Boston has won seven of its last eight games, and nine of its last 12. Also, the Red Sox lead the majors with 28 series wins and have won four straight sets to widen their lead atop the AL East. Their advantage sits at five games, pending this evening's Rays-Athletics game.
Red Sox starters have been locked in of late, entering Sunday having allowed three or fewer runs in each of the last 11 games. But that streak ended as left-hander Felix Doubront worked 3 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Doubront hasn’t had many subpar outings this season. He entered his 25th start of the season Sunday with a 6-3 record in his previous 10 starts since July 5. He cruised through the first three innings, allowing only two hits.
His teammates gave him a 5-0 cushion, but in the top of the fourth, Doubront struggled. He allowed four runs on five hits and was given the hook with two outs and runners on the corners. It was his shortest outing since he worked 3 2/3 against the Texas Rangers on May 3.
Fortunately for Doubront on Sunday, the Red Sox added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth with another two runs for 7-4 advantage.
Chicago pushed a run across in the fifth and cut its deficit to one run in the eighth on a solo home run by Tyler Flowers. Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow started the eighth and quickly recorded two outs before Flowers crushed a 1-1 offering from the lefty and deposited it over the Monster.
Holding on to a one-run lead, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara continued his dominance, retiring the side in order in the ninth to increase his scoreless streak to 24 innings in his last 21 games.
INCHING CLOSER: With a pair of hits on Sunday, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is two hits shy of 2,000 for his career. He provided a two-run double in the second inning and added an RBI single in the fourth. Ortiz broke out of an 0-for-23 slump on Friday.
SOLO JOB: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew has been locked in at the plate for nearly a month and he continued his surge with a solo home run in bottom of the third inning. In his last 32 games, Drew is 35-for-116 with 8 doubles, 6 home runs, 22 RBIs, 19 runs and 16 walks.
BATTLING: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino was removed after the sixth inning with a left-hip contusion. He’s listed as day-to-day. Victorino suffered the injury in the fourth inning when he slid into first on a comebacker to the pitcher.
Victorino stayed in the game and appeared to be in some discomfort in the top of the fifth after making a nice running catch on the White Sox’s Avisail Garcia, as he kept flexing his left leg after the play. John Farrell decided to remove him from the game after Victorino struggled to run out a grounder to third to end the sixth.
UP NEXT: The Red Sox begin a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers. Boston sends right-hander John Lackey (8-11, 3.19 ERA) to the mound against Detroit righty Doug Fister (10-7, 3.81).