CHICAGO (AP) _ Kevin Youkilis hit a grand slam, Jarrod
Saltalamacchia homered twice and the Boston Red Sox roughed up
Philip Humber in a 10-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on
Youkilis, mired in an early-season slump, hit his second career
slam into the right-field bullpen during a five-run third inning
against Humber, who was making his first start since pitching a
perfect game in a 4-0 victory at Seattle on Saturday.
There was no such suspense Thursday. Humber walked leadoff
batter Mike Aviles in the first, snapping his streak of 29 straight
One out later, the right-hander allowed a single to Dustin
Pedroia, a dribbler up the third-base line that was the first hit
off Humber since Nick Markakis’ one-out double for Baltimore in the
fifth inning of the Orioles’ 10-4 victory at Chicago on April 16.
Humber was tagged for a career-high nine runs and eight hits in
five innings. The nine earned runs he allowed after his perfect
game were a record, topping the eight given up by Jim “Catfish”
Hunter after his perfecto for Oakland in 1968.
Johnny Vander Meer remains the only major league pitcher to
throw consecutive no-hitters, accomplishing the feat in 1938 with
The resurgent Red Sox have scored 34 runs in winning their last
four games, a streak coming on the heels of a five-game skid.
Adrian Gonzalez followed Pedroia with an RBI double, and David
Ortiz added a run-scoring single to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.
After throwing just 96 pitches to complete his masterpiece,
Humber twice needed more than 30 pitches to get through an inning.
He threw 92 pitches over the first four innings.
Saltalamacchia followed Youkilis’ slam with a home run just
inside the right-field foul pole. He added a two-run shot in the
fifth off Humber, his fourth homer of the season.
Humber followed up his best game with perhaps his worst,
allowing three walks and three homers. His ERA rose from 0.63 to
Youkilis singled and scored in the fifth and added an infield
single in the eighth. His three hits, two runs and four RBIs were
an encouraging sign for a hitter that entered the game batting just
.204. The grand slam was his second homer of the season and just
his second over his last 28 games dating to Aug. 14, 2011.
Boston starter Felix Doubront (1-0) wasn’t sharp but picked up
his first big league win since Aug. 10, 2010. He allowed five hits
and three walks, threw a wild pitch and hit a batter with a pitch,
but limited the White Sox to three runs in six innings.
Chicago’s Dayan Viciedo broke out of a 1-for-16 slump with two
hits, including a leadoff homer in the fourth. All three of his
RBIs this season have come on solo homers.
NOTES: Andre Rienzo, a pitcher in the White Sox farm system, was
suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned
substance. … Marlon Byrd started in center for the Red Sox in his
first game in Chicago since being acquired from the crosstown Cubs
on Saturday. … White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he didn’t
plan to use reliever Jesse Crain out of the bullpen for
precautionary reasons. Crain hasn’t pitched since April 20 because
soreness in his left oblique, but Ventura doesn’t expect him to go
on the disabled list.
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