Rapid Reaction: White Sox 7, Red Sox 5

July, 17, 2012
7/17/12
9:18
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Powers By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com
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Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 7-5 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday.

How it happened: White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis’ production against his old team didn’t go to waste this time around. Youkilis put some separation between the two teams with a three-home run in the fourth inning to give the White Sox a 6-2 lead. He had two runs and three RBIs in the win and has reached base five times in the two games. White Sox starting pitcher Philip Humber was solid in his first game since June 16. He allowed two runs in the first inning, but he settled down from there on out. He allowed six hits, two runs, zero walks and struck out three in six innings. White Sox reliever Matt Thornton allowed three runs in the eighth inning to allow the Red Sox back into the game, but Addison Reed netted his 15th save of the season to close things out.

What it means: The White Sox added to their lead in the American League Central with the win. The Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians lost Tuesday, and the White Sox are now ahead of the Tigers by 3 games and the Indians by four games.

Outside the box: White Sox designated Adam Dunn isn’t known for his speed, but he stole his first base of the season on Tuesday. It was his first stolen base since Aug. 6, 2008. He had 19 stolen bases in 2002 and has 60 for his career.

Up next: Pedro Hernandez will make his major-league debut when he starts for the White Sox on Wednesday. Hernandez has spent the bulk of his season in Double-A. Felix Doubrant (9-4, 4.41) will start for the Red Sox in the 6:10 p.m. game.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.292 29 74 52
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 29
RBIJ. Abreu 74
RJ. Abreu 52
OPSJ. Abreu .959
WC. Sale 9
ERAC. Sale 2.03
SOJ. Quintana 118