By RICK GANO AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO (AP) _ Gavin Floyd outpitched Tim Wakefield, A.J.
Pierzynski hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh, and the
Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Friday night.
Chicago’s seventh straight victory over Boston and 14th in the
last 16 games between the teams denied the 44-year-old
knuckleballing Wakefield his 200th career win.
Floyd (9-9) won his third straight start. He gave up a run and
three hits in seven innings, including a homer to Jarrod
Saltalamacchia, and ran his career record against the Red Sox to
Wakefield (6-4) also allowed three hits in seven innings. But
his wild pitch in the sixth helped set up the tying run on Paul
Konerko’s sacrifice fly. And he walked Carlos Quentin to start the
bottom of the seventh before Pierzynski drove his fifth homer of
the season into the right-center field seats to give the White Sox
a two-run lead.
Matt Thornton pitched the eighth and Sergio Santos the ninth for
his 22nd save in 25 games.
The Red Sox played without major league RBIs and batting average
leader Adrian Gonzalez, a late lineup scratch with a stiff neck.
Dustin Pedroia went 0 for 4 and his 25-game hitting streak was
Saltalamacchia worked a 3-2 count off Floyd before hitting his
ninth homer to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the third.
The Red Sox threatened in the sixth, loading the bases as Marco
Scutaro beat out an infield single and Jacoby Ellsbury and David
Ortiz walked before Floyd threw a called third strike past Kevin
Wakefield held the White Sox hitless through 3 2-3 innings
before Adam Dunn singled in the fourth, and Chicago didn’t get
another hit until Juan Pierre had a bunt single to start the bottom
of the sixth. Switch-hitting Omar Vizquel, batting right-handed
against the right-handed Wakefield, sacrificed before Pierre made
third on a wild pitch. Konerko then delivered his sacrifice fly to
Notes: Reliever Jason Frasor, acquired in a trade with Toronto
on Wednesday, said he was ecstatic to join the White Sox and be in
a pennant race. A Chicago native who has family in the suburbs,
Frasor said he wasn’t sure what his role would be. He didn’t expect
to land back in his hometown. “It’s nice to be wanted. I think
when get traded they always ask, `Why did I get traded, why me?’ I
don’t feel that way. …” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said he
told 44-year-old Vizquel if he keeps playing the way he has for the
White Sox he could go another three years in the majors. Vizquel
was batting .271 before starting at third base Friday night and the
11-time Gold Glove winner is still a slick fielder, making a couple
of nice plays. Guillen also lauded Vizquel’s influence on younger
players. … Saltalamaccchia’s homer was Boston’s 68th on the road
this season. … Youklis, moved from third to first after Gonzalez
was scratched, made a nice diving stop on Alejandro De Aza’s
grounder in the fourth. … Wakefield is now 7-13 in his career
against the White Sox.
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