Konerko's Slam Helps White Sox Crush Red Sox, 8-2, Despite Power Failure

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White Sox Crush Red Sox, 8-2, Despite Power Failure

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Paul Konerko belted a grand slam off Jon Lester in the fourth inning and the White Sox pounded Boston, 8-2, to conclude a four-game series.

Juan Pierre went 3-for-4 with a trio of steals and three runs scored for Chicago, which won the final three contests and has triumphed in seven of its last eight games. Dayan Viciedo, making his first career start at first base, added a two-run homer off Lester in the fifth.

John Danks (15-11) allowed five hits and two runs over six innings. The lefty fanned six batters and extended his career-high for wins in a season.

Lester (19-9) was pounded for nine hits and eight runs over four-plus frames. The southpaw also walked five batters, fanned five and had his personal six- start winning streak snapped.

Victor Martinez ripped a two-run homer for Boston, which finished 43-38 on the road and will head home to host the playoff-bound Yankees this weekend to conclude the season.

Pierre singled and stole two bases in the opening inning before scoring on a Jones base hit.

Martinez homered to left in the third with Marco Scutaro on base in the top of the third, but Chicago tied the game in the bottom half when Jones singled in Pierre.

Alejandro De Aza doubled with one out in the fourth, Pierre and Alexei Ramirez walked with two down to set up Konerko's ninth grand slam of his career, a blast to left field. It was his 39th homer of the season.

Ramon Castro singled in front of Viciedo's homer to right in the fifth to account for the final margin.

The teams had to be pulled off the field with one out in the bottom of the sixth due to a power outage. The game was delayed 21 minutes.

Game Notes

The White Sox host Cleveland this weekend...Danks has allowed two earned runs or less in 21 starts this season...The White Sox finished 6-1 against Boston this year. It marks their most victories against the Red Sox since 1998 (6-5)...Sergio Santos had three strikeouts in two innings for Chicago. That brought the White Sox's bullpen to 435 strikeouts for the year, equaling the 2009 club record for most strikeouts by a relief corps.

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White Sox Look To Cool Off White Hot Red Sox Lester

(Sports Network) - Boston Red Sox sizzling starter Jon Lester will try to win his seventh straight start when he takes the mound tonight in the finale of a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Lester is 6-0 with a 1.76 ERA in his last six starts and has won eight of his previous nine outings, including last Saturday's 7-3 decision over the host New York Yankees. Lester held the rival Yankees to a pair of hits over seven scoreless innings and struck out eight batters. He also extended his scoreless innings streak to 15 and is trying to become the first Red Sox lefty to win 20 games in a season since Mel Parnell won 21 back in 1953.

The big lefty is 19-8 with a 2.96 ERA in 31 starts this season and 2-1 in four career starts against Chicago. Boston hasn't had a 20-game winner since Josh Beckett went 20-7 in 30 starts in 2007.

Boston hopes Lester can help salvage the finale of this Windy City set after losing the last two portions, including Wednesday's 5-2 defeat behind a subpar showing from Beckett. Beckett was touched for four runs and 11 hits over six innings and struck out five batters in the loss.

"I thought it was a heck of a lot more good than what probably shows up in the line score in the paper," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said of Beckett.

Mike Lowell homered and David Ortiz added the other RBI for Boston, which has already been eliminated from postseason contention.

The White Sox are also out of the playoff picture and have won six of their last seven games. In last night's win over the BoSox, Freddy Garcia pushed his 2010 mark to 12-6 with seven innings of two-run ball.

"He came back to be one of the more consistent pitchers we had all year long," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "A lot of people talk about (John) Danks and (Gavin) Floyd and all those guys, but I think the best pitcher we had every five days was Freddy."

A.J. Pierzynski homered and both Omar Vizquel and Alexei Ramirez knocked in runs for Chicago, which got three hits from Alejandro De Aza. Pierzynski, Ramirez and Brent Morel all finished with two hits.

Taking the ball for Guillen's club tonight will be Danks, who is 14-11 with a 3.74 earned run average in 31 starts this season. Danks was 0-2 in three starts before beating the Angels on the road last Saturday, as he held the hosts to a pair of runs and seven hits in eight innings.

Danks topped the Red Sox on Sept. 4 at Fenway Park with seven innings of one- run ball. He is only 2-4 in six career starts against Boston.

Chicago swept a three-game set from the Red Sox from Sept. 4-5 and has won nine of the previous 11 tilts in this series.

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