Sunday’s series finale between the Red Sox and White Sox turned into a game of bullpens. Unfortunately for the White Sox, Boston’s bullpen was better Sunday and helped lead the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory.
Jason Varitek gave Boston (66-40) a two-run lead in the second inning after hitting his seventh homer of the season. The White Sox (52-54) would score single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings to give starter Mark Buehrle a 3-2 lead. That lead would disappear in the seventh inning when Dustin Pedroia gave Boston the lead with an two-run single. The Red Sox would score one more in the ninth which proved to be more than enough and give Boston the series win.
Mark Buehrle pitched well for the White Sox again Sunday. Buehrle went six innings and allowed two runs on just five hits. The Sox lefty didn’t figure in on the decision. Jesse Crain took the loss for the White Sox dropping his record to 5-3.
Boston starter Andrew Miller also didn’t figure in on the decision Sunday. Miller went five and two-thirds and allowed three runs on ten hits. The Red Sox lefty also stuck out eight. Alfredo Aceves got the win for Boston improving his record to 7-1. Jonathan Papelbon struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 24th save of the season.
Things don’t get any easier for the White Sox as they now open a four-game series with the New York Yankees. Game one of the series will be Monday evening.