Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/21)

Game 1: Monday, May 20
Chicago 0Final
Boston 9
Game 2: Tuesday, May 21
Chicago 8Final
Boston 3
Game 3: Wednesday, May 22
Chicago 2Final
Boston 0

White Sox 8

(25-21, 10-14 away)

Red Sox 3

(30-12, 13-8 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 21, 2002

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    CWS 300020201 8 - -
    BOS 010110000 3 - -

    W: D. Wright (5-4)

    L: D. Oliver (4-3)

    Wright delivers; Ordonez has four hits in win

    BOSTON (AP) -- Dan Wright didn't need to be as good as his last start.

    Dan Wright

    Magglio Ordonez had four hits, and Wright pitched into the seventh inning for his second consecutive strong outing as the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3 Tuesday night.

    Wright, coming off his first career shutout Thursday against Texas, allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out a career-high seven.

    ``That's two in a row,'' Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said. ``Hopefully, he can keep it up for a while. He's a young pitcher who is hopefully getting over the hump.''

    Frank Thomas drove in three runs and Ordonez added a pair of RBI for Chicago. Paul Konerko had three hits.

    ``We knew we have been in neutral, but we came back tonight,'' Thomas said. ``When Kenny (Lofton) and Ray (Durham) get on base at the top, it motivates everyone to get hits.''

    The Red Sox lost for the first time in four games.

    The White Sox wasted little time jumping on Red Sox starter Darren Oliver. Lofton walked to start the game and scored on Durham's double that got past a diving Johnny Damon in center field.

    Ordonez, who had four singles, hit a grounder that glanced off Oliver's glove and went into left field, scoring Durham. Carlos Lee added a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead.

    ``It happens sometimes,'' Oliver said. ``They just came out swinging and were aggressive. They wanted to put pressure on us and they did.''

    Boston scored a run in the second when Wright (5-4) hit Damon with a pitch with the bases loaded.

    Royce Clayton and Lofton led off with singles to start the fifth and Durham walked to load the bases. Ordonez hit a single off the wall in left, but Lofton was thrown out at the plate on shortstop Nomar Garciaparra's relay throw. Thomas drove in Durham with a sacrifice fly.

    Garciaparra's solo homer in the fifth made it 5-3, but Chicago added two more in the seventh inning off reliever Rolando Arrojo. Lofton singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and went to third on Ordonez's single.

    Konerko and Thomas followed with run-scoring hits.

    Oliver (4-3) lost his second straight decision after giving up five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. He was making his first career start on just three days' rest.

    ``We have confidence in him that he'll be OK,'' Red Sox manager Grady Little said. ``We brought him back one day short of rest this time and it may have affected him.''

    Thomas added an RBI single in the ninth, and Keith Foulke closed it out with a perfect inning.

    Game notes

    Oliver has walked 12 batters in his last three starts. ... Ordonez, Konerko and Thomas were 1-for-20 over the past two games, but went 8-for-12 with six RBI on Tuesday. ... Boston RHP Frank Castillo served the fifth and final game of his suspension. ... Boston manager Grady Little returned to the team after a two-game absence in which he went to Texas following his mother's death. Bench coach Mike Stanley won both of his games as acting manager. ... Garciaparra had hit just one home run since April 10.

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