Red Sox Stave Off Elimination With Win Over White Sox

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Adrian Beltre's Four Hits Lead Red Sox Over White Sox

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Adrian Beltre finished 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored as Boston took down Chicago, 6-1, in the first of four between the clubs at U.S. Cellular Field.

Victor Martinez posted three hits and drove in two runs for the Red Sox, who have won four of their last five. David Ortiz added a pair of RBI for Boston, which is still mathematically alive in the AL wild card race though 5 1/2 games behind the Yankees with six games remaining.

Clay Buchholz (17-7) allowed one run on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk over eight innings for the win.

Brent Morel knocked in the only run for the White Sox, whose four-game win streak was halted.

Mark Buehrle (12-13) was charged in defeat for 11 hits and four runs over six full frames.

The Red Sox picked up two runs in the first as Martinez singled with two outs, followed by a Beltre double and a two-run two-bagger for Ortiz.

A Martinez sacrifice fly in the third made it 3-0 for Boston, and Beltre knocked in Marco Scutaro with a single in the fifth.

A.J. Pierzynski started the home fifth with a single, then Carlos Quentin was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and Morel's sac fly put the White Sox on the board.

Scutaro doubled off Scott Linebrink to start the seventh, was sacrificed to third and came in on a Martinez base hit and the visitors led 5-1.

Buchholz worked around a one-out single in the home seventh, then turned aside the Pale Hose in order in the eighth to complete his outing.

Scott Atchison shut the door in the ninth despite allowing a base hit to Manny Ramirez.

Buchholz improved to 7-2 over his last nine decisions dating back to July 26...Scutaro was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and scored three runs...Beltre failed to go deep in the contest, but his 28 HRs all as a third baseman is tied for second all-time in Red Sox history with Butch Hobson (1979) and Rico Petrocelli (1971)...Hobson is first with 30 HRs at the hot corner in 1977...Prior to the game, it was announced that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will return to manage the club in 2011, per a Chicago newspaper.

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White Sox Lineup For Monday Includes Vizquel At 2B

Via tweet from Tribune beat writer Mark Gonzales:

Sox lineup Pierre LF Vizquel 2B Rios CF Konerko 1B M. Ramirez DH Pierzynski C Quentin RF A. Ramirez SS Morel 3B Buehrle P

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White Sox Can Eliminate Red Sox Tonight

(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox carry their fading postseason hopes into Chicago this evening when they open a three-game set against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Boston needed a sweep in New York this past weekend to have a realistic shot at making things interesting heading into the final week of the regular season. However, the Red Sox fell short of that goal on Sunday when Hideki Okajima walked Juan Miranda with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to lift the Yankees to a 4-3 win.

The Red Sox went ahead with a two-run ninth, but it was all for naught, as Jonathan Papelbon suffered his eighth blown save this season.

Boston will be eliminated from postseason play with either a loss or a win by the Yankees, who head to Fenway next weekend for a three-game set.

Getting the call for the Red Sox this evening will be right-hander Clay Buchholz, who is 16-7 with a 2.39 ERA. Buchholz did not get a decision on Tuesday against Baltimore, but pitched well, surrendering one unearned run in six innings of a 9-1 loss.

Buchholz, though, is 0-2 in three starts against the White Sox and has pitched to a 9.95 ERA in those outings.

The 26-year-old hurler will be facing a Chicago team tonight that has won four in a row after its weekend sweep of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. On Sunday, Omar Vizquel singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, carrying the White Sox to a 4-3 win.

Juan Pierre went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored for the White Sox, who have won seven straight over the Angels. It's their longest streak against the Halos since a 10-game run from June 15, 1983-June 4, 1984.

Tony Pena (5-2), making his second career start, allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings to get the win.

Tonight, Chicago will hand the ball to lefty Mark Buehrle, who is 0-3 in his last six starts. Buehrle was roughed up by the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, as he allowed five runs and 11 hits in six innings, dropping him to 12-12 on the year to go along with a 4.27 ERA.

Buehrle did not get a decision the last time he faced the Red Sox and is 6-5 lifetime against them with a 4.48 ERA in 15 games, 14 of which have been starts.

Chicago swept a three-game set from the Red Sox from Sept. 4-5.

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