White Sox Sweep Red Sox At Fenway For First Time Since 1991

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Beckham, Pierre Draw Bases-Loaded Walks To Win Game For White Sox

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Gordon Beckham and Juan Pierre drew the go-ahead and insurance bases-loaded walks, as the Chicago White Sox staged a four- run ninth-inning rally to take a 7-5 decision over the Boston Red Sox in the finale of a three-game set from Fenway Park.

Carlos Quentin stroked a run-scoring double and Ramon Castro added an RBI single during the burst for the White Sox, who swept the set after taking both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday. Chicago remained 3 1/2 games behind first- place Minnesota in the AL Central, after the Twins held on to beat Texas later Sunday.

Scott Linebrink (3-1) allowed a run in the eighth but picked up the win. Matt Thornton turned in a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.

Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer and David Ortiz added a two-run double for the Red Sox, who stumbled to their sixth loss in eight contests.

Jonathan Papelbon (5-6) took the loss and was saddled with his seventh blown save of the year, charged with four runs and two hits with a pair of walks over 1 1/3 innings.

Chicago moved ahead in its final turn at the plate against three Red Sox pitchers. Papelbon walked Alex Rios with one out and moved up on defensive indifference, and two batters later a Quentin double cut the White Sox deficit to 5-4.

Castro followed with an RBI single, then Alexei Ramirez walked to bring on Dustin Richardson. He walked Mark Teahen before Robert Manuel entered, only to allow a go-ahead base on balls to Beckham. A walk to Pierre made it a 7-5 contest.

Thornton ended the madness by setting down the Red Sox in order with a pair of strikeouts.

Chicago picked up a run in the second on a Ramirez base hit, then Boston countered in the third on a two-run double from Ortiz.

The White Sox added two in the seventh. Pierre walked and stole second, then went to third on Red Sox starter Josh Beckett's botched pick-off. After a Rios walk, Beckett was pulled for Daniel Bard, and Rios swiped second. Paul Konerko fanned but Bard's wild throw on a grounder from Quentin allowed both runners to score.

Ryan Kalish began the home half with a single, and with two outs, Martinez put the Red Sox back on top by a 4-3 count by clearing the Green Monster seats.

Boston picked up an insurance run in the eighth, as Adrian Beltre rapped a leadoff double high off the Monster, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Bill Hall groundout.

White Sox starter Mark Buehrle allowed 10 hits and four runs with six strikeouts over seven innings, and his counterpart Beckett yielded nine hits and three runs -- one earned -- while fanning nine in 6 1/3 frames...The clubs meet in Chicago for a four-game set from September 27-30...Former Red Sox outfielder and current White Sox DH Manny Ramirez was kept out of the starting lineup on Sunday, but was hit by a pitch in a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth inning..Boston selected the contract of pitcher Robert Coello from Triple-A Pawtucket prior to the contest...Beltre and Darnell McDonald each posted three hits for the Red Sox.

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Sox's Last Sweep In Fenway Was In 1991

(Sports Network) – After putting what could be the final nail in the coffin in regards to the Boston Red Sox’ playoff hopes with Saturday’s performance, the Chicago White Sox now set their sights on earning their first series sweep in Fenway Park in 19 years when they take the field this afternoon.

Chicago took both ends of yesterday’s doubleheader between these teams by identical 3-1 scores, with the two losses moving Boston 7 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the lead in the American League Wild Card standings with under a month to go in the regular season.

The White Sox received terrific starting pitching in both contests. John Danks (13-9) held Boston to a run and six hits over seven innings of work in the opener, while Gavin Floyd (10-11) yielded just one run and five hits through six frames in game two to help Chicago register its fifth straight win on its current road trip.

Bobby Jenks closed out both wins for the White Sox, tossing a scoreless ninth in game one and retiring all four batters he faced in the nightcap.

Chicago banged out 13 hits in taking the opener, with Paul Konerko going 3- for-4 with two runs scored to lead the way. Carlos Quentin was the hitting star in the second test, delivering a double and a triple and crossing the plate twice.

Former Red Sox great Manny Ramirez, acquired by Chicago in a waiver claim from the Dodgers on Monday, served as the White Sox’ designated hitter in both games and went 3-for-8 over the course of the twinbill.

The White Sox closed within 3 1/2 games of first-place Minnesota in the AL Central race with Saturday’s results and will be shooting for their first road sweep of Boston since July 27-28, 1991.

“If you’re not winning the other games, when you play the Twins it’s not going to matter,” said Jenks. “It doesn’t seem like they’re going to lose any time soon either.”

The White Sox, who had last won a series in Fenway Park back in 2004, have now prevailed in six of their last seven matchups with Boston dating back to last season.

Chicago turns to Mark Buehrle this afternoon in hopes of continuing its winning ways. The steady veteran owns a 12-10 record with a respectable 3.95 earned run average over 27 starts this season, but hasn’t been able to pick up a win in either of his last two outings.

Buehrle allowed three runs in a six-inning no-decision this past Monday in Cleveland, five days after the left-hander was reached for four runs and walked four over seven frames in a home loss to Baltimore on August 25.

The four-time All-Star is 6-5 with a 4.43 ERA in 14 lifetime appearances (13 starts) against Boston and 3-2 in four career trips to the Fenway Park mound. Buehrle has lost in each of his past two starts at the historic venue, however, including a lopsided defeat in 2008 in which he was tagged for seven runs and 11 hits in only 4 2/3 innings of work.

Boston mustered only seven hits in the opener and six in the nightcap and has now dropped five of its last seven games. Marco Scutaro drove in both of the Red Sox’ runs on the day with a pair of RBI singles.

“We’re in a tough spot for sure,” said starting pitcher John Lackey, who surrendered three runs (one earned) over seven innings in losing game two. “We’re in a tough division with two real quality teams in front of us. We have to keep battling the rest of the way. It’s frustrating.”

Josh Beckett has endured his share of frustration during what’s been a subpar and injury-plagued season for the Red Sox hurler. The right-hander enters today’s assignment with a 6.21 ERA over 16 starts in 2010 and has let up six runs or more in three of his past five times out.

Beckett has been significantly better as of late, however. After halting a three-start winless skid by limiting Seattle to three runs and fanning seven over 6 1/3 innings on August 25, the former World Series MVP allowed three runs — two earned — through seven frames of Tuesday’s start at Baltimore. He did end up with a loss in that game, though, as Boston fell by a 5-2 count.

The 30-year-old does sport a 4-1 lifetime record along with a 3.72 ERA over six meetings with the White Sox, although the lone loss took place in his only start against the club last season.

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White Sox Go For Sweep In Boston

The White Sox, fresh off identical 3-1 wins in the day and night halves of yesterday's doubleheader, will try to sweep the Red Sox this afternoon in Boston.

Mark Buehrle goes for the White Sox; the Red Sox will counter with Josh Beckett.

The game begins at 12:35 p.m. CDT and will be televised on CSN Chicago. If you live outside the Chicago area, TBS is also picking up this game for national distribution.

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