American League Game Summary - Chicago at Boston|
(Tuesday, July 17th)
Final Score: Chicago 7, Boston 5
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Kevin Youkilis hit a three-run home run as
Chicago topped Boston, 7-5, in the second of a four-game series from Fenway
The two-time World Series winner with the BoSox, who was dealt to the AL
Central club on June 24, also scored twice. He had been denied victory in his
Boston return in the series opener on Monday.
Alejandro De Aza knocked in a pair, while Paul Konerko and Alex Rios donated
two hits and an RBI each for the White Sox, winners in seven of their last 10.
Activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game, Philip Humber (4-4)
allowed six hits and two runs over six innings. The right-hander picked up his
first win since June 16, the day before he was sidelined with a right elbow
"Against a guy like (Jon) Lester, we knew there were going to be some tough
at-bats," Humber said. "We grinded out at-bats and then Youkilis came up with
a big hit there."
Kelly Shoppach hit a late pinch-hit, two run homer for the Red Sox, who had
won two in a row. Carl Crawford added three hits, two runs scored and an RBI
Lester (5-7) departed after just four frames, charged with seven hits and six
"It keeps adding on and I'm getting tired of it," Lester said of his
struggles. "I try to make adjustments, try to do the things I need to do, I'm
just not getting results."
Alexei Ramirez led off with a double and scored in the sixth with help from a
De Aza single to boost the Chicago lead to 7-2, but the Red Sox climbed back
in with three in the home eighth.
Matt Thornton fell victim to Will Middlebrooks' base hit to plate Crawford and
Shoppach's pinch-hit, two-run shot, which made it a two-run game.
Addison Reed held the fort in the ninth, earning his 15th save by retiring the
side in order.
The visitors picked up two in their first at-bat on a Konerko double and Rios
single, but the hosts responded in their turn with RBI singles from Crawford
and Adrian Gonzalez.
De Aza doubled home Ramirez in the second to put the ChiSox back on top, then
Youkilis cleared the Green Monster with two down in the fourth to make it 6-2.
Dayan Viciedo began the frame with a ground-rule double and Gordon Beckham
walked with one out prior to the blast -- Youkilis' first here for a team
other than the Red Sox.
Chicago, which saw its seven-game win streak at Fenway snapped on Monday, have
won eight of nine in Boston since August of 2009...White Sox designated hitter
Adam Dunn swiped his first base since August 16, 2008 at Houston while
he played for Arizona...The White Sox placed pitcher Gavin Floyd on the DL to
open up a spot for Humber...Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is expected
to miss at least one week with an injury to his right Achilles tendon, the
club said before the game...Lester, who fanned four, is now eight strikeouts
away from 1,000 with the Red Sox, something only seven hurlers previously have
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