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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.
Who doesn’t like a number nine hitter going 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored? Alex Gonzalez, take your hat off.
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.
“Your Sox are discolored!” — A particularly anal-retentive streak of SoB author Jon.