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