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With the Yankees dropping another game to the Rangers, the Red Sox looked to gain momentum on New York while keeping Texas at bay. However, giving up nine runs in three innings did not help as the White Sox handed Boston a 9-5 loss.
Starter Junichi Tazawa was not in prime form and with several relievers not available, the Red Sox turned to shortstop Nick Green to pitch a few innings. Green, who hadn’t pitched since Junior College, threw a couple 90 mile per hour fastballs and faired better than Tazawa.
The White Sox jumped out in the second with former Boston player Mark Kotsay hitting a sac-fly scoring Paul Konerko. Jayson Nix followed with two of his three RBI’s and Scott Podsednik singled, giving Chicago four runs in the second.
The White Sox finished with 14 hits and put up a lead the Red Sox just couldn’t match. Boston tried to get something going in the fifth with solo home runs from J.D. Drew and Alex Gonzalaz. They continued in the eighth where doubles from David Ortiz and Jason Bay put two more on the board. By the ninth, the only hope came in another J.D. Drew solo home run, but the end result was a 9-5 loss.
White Sox starter John Danks pitched six innings and allowed two runs on six hits. In his last four starts he is 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA and currently 12-8 on the season.
Not able to capitalize on a New York, Boston remains six game behind the Yankees in the AL East. They are still up on the Rangers for the Wild Card, but that lead is not a mere one and a half games. Boston will play tonight against Toronto with Josh Beckett taking the mound.
Anytime a player comes from the field to pitch in a game and not make a fool of himself, ala Jose Canseco, deserves some credit.
After a nice game against New York, Tazawa struggled and gave up nine to Chicago.
Jacoby Ellsbury suffered a high ankle sprain in the bottom of the fifth, but Terry Francona doesn’t think it’s serious.