CHICAGO (AP) _ Darnell McDonald hit a tiebreaking three-run
double and homered to help the Boston Red Sox rally to beat the
Chicago White Sox 10-3 on Friday night.
David Ortiz hit a two-run shot for the Red Sox, who are 5-0
since blowing a 9-0 lead against the New York Yankees Saturday for
their fifth straight loss.
After Paul Konerko’s home run in the fifth gave the White Sox a
3-2 lead, the Red Sox responded with a five-run sixth inning,
highlighted by McDonald’s bases-clearing double.
Boston starter Daniel Bard (2-2) took advantage of the run
support and threw seven strong innings. He allowed three runs, two
earned, on six hits and retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced.
He struck out six and walked one. Before Friday, Bard was only
backed by two total runs in 12 1-3 innings.
White Sox starter John Danks (2-3) struggled in his fifth start
of the season. He allowed seven runs on six hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Chicago has lost four straight.
Danks was unable to hold a lead for Chicago in the sixth inning.
He issued back-to-back walks to Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin
Youkilis. Ortiz then loaded the bases with a single and Cody Ross
followed with an RBI single to tie the game. With two outs and the
bases still loaded, McDonald lined a double down the left-field
line. Marlon Byrd ended Danks’ night with an RBI single to put the
Red Sox ahead 7-3.
The game was played in cold and windy conditions. The
temperature at first pitch was 39 degrees, but it didn’t slow the
Red Sox hitters. They have hit 12 homers and scored 53 runs over
the last six games.
Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Youkilis drew a leadoff walk
then Ortiz followed with a two-run shot to right. It was Ortiz’s
fourth of the season and his 382nd of his career. He is tied with
former Red Sox great Jim Rice and Frank Howard for 59th on the
Alejandro De Aza led off the first inning with a double down the
left-field line. Two outs later, A.J. Pierzynski doubled off the
left-field wall to score De Aza.
In the third inning, Alexei Ramirez reached on Youkilis’
throwing error and advanced to second on Konerko’s bloop single.
With two outs, Ramirez came across to score on a passed ball by
catcher Kelly Shoppach.
Ross and Shoppach had back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh
inning to extend the Boston lead to 9-3.
McDonald homered in the ninth.
NOTES: Before the game, a moment of silence was observed for
Moose Skowron. Skowron, a five-time World Series champion, died
Friday of congestive heart failure at Northwest Community Hospital
in Arlington Heights, Ill. He was 81. Skowron helped the New York
Yankees win four titles in the 1950s and 1960s. Skowron grew up on
Chicago’s North Side and he played three seasons (1964-67) with the
White Sox. … White Sox placed reliever Jesse Crain on the 15-day
disabled list because of a strained left oblique and recalled
right-hander Dylan Axelrod from Triple-A Charlotte. … The Red Sox
activated left-hander Rich Hill from the 15-day disabled list and
optioned reliever Justin Thompson to Triple-A Pawtucket. Hill
underwent Tommy John surgery last season.
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