All eyes were on third baseman Kevin Youkilis for his return to Fenway Park when the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox began a four-game series on Monday, but while Youkilis shined, the South Siders' young bullpen eventually allowed for Boston to grab a 5-1 victory. The game was tied until the Red Sox scored four runs in the eight inning off relievers Leyson Septimo and Nate Jones. The loss drops Chicago to 49-40, while Boston moves to 46-44.
Each team scored in the first inning when Adam Dunn and Adrian Gonzalez drove in runs for their respective clubs. Gonzalez's three-run homer to right in the third was the key play of the game. It was only Gonzalez's seventh homer of the season.
Starter Dylan Axelrod pitched well for the White Sox, allowing seven hits and one earned over 6.2 innings while striking out eight.
In his return to Fenway, Youkilis finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.