BOSTON (AP) _ Alexei Ramirez and Carlos Quentin each had a pair
of RBIs in a four-run sixth inning as the Chicago White Sox snapped
Jon Lester’s seven-game winning streak and beat the Boston Red Sox
7-3 on Monday night.
Paul Konerko added a solo homer for the White Sox, who halted a
three-game losing skid and won for the 11th time in their last 13
games against the Red Sox.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo homer for Boston, which lost its
second straight but only its fourth in its last 17 games.
Jake Peavy (2-0), making just his fourth start after working
back from season-ending right shoulder surgery last July, held
Boston to three runs, six hits, striking out two and not walking
anyone over seven innings on the eve of his 30th birthday.
Jesse Crain got two outs, but was hit on the side by Gonzalez’s
hard grounder, and Matt Thornton recorded the final four outs.
With the score tied at 3 in the sixth, Chicago chased Lester
(7-2) with four runs. Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham, back in the
lineup after missing the previous two games after getting hit below
the left eye with a relay throw, singled. Juan Pierre walked to
load the bases before Ramirez’s bloop fell in behind first baseman
Gonzalez for a two-run double. Dan Wheeler relieved and Quentin
singled in two more, making it 7-3.
Lester gave up seven runs, eight hits, walked and struck out
four apiece in 5 2-3 innings, halting his eight-game unbeaten
stretch. He gave up eight runs in his only career start against the
White Sox last season.
Chicago had increased its lead to 3-1 in the third when Konerko
homered off an advertisement above the Green Monster seats before
Boston tied it with two runs in the bottom of the inning. It was
his 376th career homer, tying him for 66th all-time with former
White Sox and Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, who was in Fenway Park
and shown on the center field video board as a one of Boston’s
Dustin Pedroia’s two-run single tied the game. The former AL MVP
had been just 3 for 30 with three RBIs with runners in scoring
position and less than two outs.
The White Sox had grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first. Ramirez
singled and Quentin was hit by a pitch, the first of two times that
Lester hit him in the game. After Konerko singled to load the
bases, A.J. Pierzynski drove in a pair with a single up the middle.
Gonzalez homered into the White Sox bullpen to cut it to 2-1 in
the bottom of the inning.
NOTES: Quentin entered the game with nine hit by pitches,
leading the AL … White Sox DH/1B Adam Dunn, hitless in 38 at-bats
against left-handed pitching this season, was taken out of the
lineup against lefty Lester. But Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen was
sticking by him. “I know he’s had a tough year,” Guillen said.
“I hope he’s not thinking, ‘They paid me all this money.’ I talked
to him in Toronto and told him don’t worry about it. As long as
he’s healthy he’s going to be in the lineup.” Dunn signed a
$56-million, 4-year contract as a free agent during the offseason.
… Boston manager Terry Francona said RHP Bobby Jenks, who made
his second rehab appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, is
expected to be activated off the 15-day DL Tuesday. He was
sidelined with a right biceps strain. … Francona also said Red
Sox LHP reliever Franklin Morales, acquired from Colorado on May
19, had an MRI Monday on his strained left forearm. … Guillen
switched Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s starters. Gavin Floyd, who took
the loss in relief of Saturday’s 14-inning game in Toronto, will
now go in Wednesday’s series finale. Phil Humber was moved up to
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