Joe Kelly and his moustache Joe Kelly and His Moustache Continue to Impress Hanley attempting to play the outfield (Charles Krupa/Associated Press) Hanley Moving to First! Red Sox Defense is Saved! Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots 3rd Game, Trades, 9/11 Fallout I believe in miracles: Rick Porcello goes seven shutout innings off the DL to beat Chris Sale and the White Sox. (Getty Images) Miracles Do Happen! Porcello, Tazawa Outduel Sale, White Sox in Red Sox Shutout

Existentialsim: Sox beat Sox, 12-8

Mike Lowell and David Ortiz

While it’s rarely a Sartre-worthy occasion when the Red Sox and the White get together, this evening’s contest wasn’t as close as the scoreline indicates. The Red Sox’ dominant 12-8 win marked a hard-learned lesson gleaned from the previous series’ defeat: Sometimes, you’ve got to win ugly.

Chicago’s southsiders took the first lead, but were left to rue the Red Sox’ punishing third inning performance. While Mike Lowell’s three-run golf shot to left was the undisputed highlight, it was former Yankee Jose Contreras who has nobody but himself to blame for Boston’s red-hot third, though a back-and-forth finale kept a little drama in the game.

Speculation is rife that Jonathan Papelbon’s one-walk, two-strikeout performance as closer will carry great import, as the hard-throwing righty eyes a nascent competition with new signing Billy Wagner.

Sox Stud of the Game

Who doesn’t like a number nine hitter going 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored? Alex Gonzalez, take your hat off.

Sox Dud of the Game

Sorry Papi, you were far and away the weakest link, going 0 for 5 with  four left on base. I hope like hell this doesn’t signal the end of his recent streak.

That’s What He Said

“Your Sox are discolored!” — A particularly anal-retentive streak of SoB author Jon.

Game Notes

  • Holy hell, Buchholz got away with it.  Not unlike Red Sox pitchers of yesteryear.

About Jon

I used to get along with Cubs fans so much better before 2004. What gives?

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