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BOSTON, MA - JULY 16: Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox connects for a three-run home run against the Chicago White Sox in the 8th inning at Fenway Park July 16, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 16: Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox connects for a three-run home run against the Chicago White Sox in the 8th inning at Fenway Park July 16, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) _ It was almost perfect for Boston Red Sox fans:
They cheered Kevin Youkilis early in the game and enjoyed a
late-inning rally by their team. A limping David Ortiz just put a
bit of a damper on the nice night.

Adrian Gonzalez spoiled Youkilis’ return to Fenway Park, hitting
a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning of a 5-1 win
over the Chicago White Sox on Monday.

The Red Sox traded Youkilis on June 24, sending the three-time
All-Star and cash to Chicago for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and a
minor league pitcher. Youkilis went 3 for 4 with two doubles in his
first game back at his longtime home.

Youkilis was serenaded with chants of “Yooooouk” when he
stepped to the plate in the first.

“It was a great ovation. It was just a cool thing from the
fans,” he said. “I can’t thank them enough for all the support
they’ve given me.”

The Red Sox received a scare when Ortiz came up limping after
rounding second on Gonzalez’s homer and limped badly all the way to
the dugout.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he’ll have an MRI on his
right Achilles on Tuesday.

“He’s little upset and a little sore, but it doesn’t look he
pulled anything or tore anything,” he said. “It’s probably going
to be some days, though. It’s that Achilles. You know, he’s had the
heel and where the Achilles attaches in the back of the heel. I
guess he’s had it in the past.”

Ortiz spoke briefly and was somewhat encouraged.

“Yeah, I got sore, but I didn’t feel any pop, so that’s a good
sign,” he said. “I iced it so it’s not as bad as it was.”

Carl Crawford returned to Boston’s lineup after missing the
entire season with left elbow and wrist injuries, going 1 for 3
with a walk.

Crawford and Ortiz opened the eighth with consecutive walks
against Leyson Septimo (0-1). Gonzalez then hit a drive into the
seats above the Green Monster for just his seventh homer of the
season.

Vicente Padilla (3-0) worked one inning for the win, and Alfredo
Aceves finished the game.

Ortiz had a walk and single, giving him 10 straight with at
least one hit and a walk to set a club record. Ted Williams held
the previous mark, going nine straight in 1950.

Youkilis received a warm welcome when he walked up to the plate
before his first at-bat. The burly third baseman took off his
helmet, turned and waved to all corners.

He then singled up the middle against Aaron Cook. Adam Dunn
followed with a grounder to second and Youkilis kept going toward
an uncovered third with a shifted infield. First baseman Gonzalez
then fired the ball into left for an error, allowing Youkilis to
score.

“It was nice,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. “I think
everyone kind of kind of expected that for what he’s done here.”

Crawford singled in the bottom half and scored on Gonzalez’s
single to right.

Both starters were solid. Cook allowed five hits in seven
innings and is 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts since coming off
the disabled after getting spiked and cutting his left knee
covering home plate.

“Me and Youk grew up together in the Cincinnati area,” Cook
said. “We were on the same travel team for three years. Today is
pretty special.”

Chicago’s Dylan Axelrod matched his career high with eight
strikeouts and yielded seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.

The Red Sox, who took two of three at Tampa Bay over the
weekend, opened a seven-game homestand.

NOTES: White Sox LHP John Danks, out with a mild muscle strain
in his shoulder, played long toss and was encouraged by the
results. “I feel like I’m making progress,” he said before the
game. “(Tuesday) we’re going to try doing the same, Wednesday off
and Thursday push it back a little farther. Thursday will tell a
lot.” He went on the 15-day disabled list in May and figured he
would be back by now. … Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury played his
fourth straight game since coming off the DL Friday against Tampa
Bay. He was sidelined since mid-April with an injured right
shoulder.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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