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Red Sox steamrolled Chicago in the day/night double header on Friday. The Sox outscored Chicago 21-4. Thanks to big days from Ortiz, Lowell and Youkilis, who combined for 13 hits and 11 rbi’s in both games.
In Game 1, Beckett became baseball’s first 16-game winner. Ortiz gave the Sox the lead by knocking a homer in the third and fourth innings, giving the Sox a 5-1 lead. Chicago got back two in the fifth and the game stayed 5-3 until the 8th and 9th where the Sox piled it on.
In the 8th the Sox loaded the bases twice. First try Bobby Kielty pinch-hit for JD Drew and hit a sacrifice fly. Then Varitek was intentionally walked to load the bases again. Then, Kevin Youkilis pinch hit for Eric Hinske and singled in Manny.
The 9th inning was just a slap in the face to Chicago. And it had to be against ex-Sock Mike Myers. A lefty specialist left out there because Chicago ran out of good options. So not to hate, here is the list what happened in the 9th that made the game go from bad to worse. Mike walked Ortiz, walked Manny, Lowell doubled to score Ortiz, Kielty hit a sacrifice fly, and Varitek toped it off by hitting a two-run shot and clearing the bases.
Timlin closed it out and the Sox took Game 1.
Schilling and Ortiz took control.
Schilling only allowed one mistake, a home-run by Uribe in the second. The rest of the game Schilling two hit the White Sox. It was a very solid start for Schilling where Chicago couldn’t put a good swing on a ball.
Up until the 4th Chicago pitcher John Danks was controlling the Sox. Then Ortiz came up. With Pedroia on and NESN not focused on the game, Ortiz took Danks deep and started a big inning where the Sox batted around putting up five runs.
In the 5th innings Ortiz started it again by hitting a solo shot. Youkilis followed suit by destroying one to left for a three run shot. Bostons pitching cruised from there on. And the Sox won 10-1.
The Yankees lost later that night and with the Sox’s two wins, Boston went up 6.5 games.