American League Game Summary - Chicago at Boston|
(Thursday, July 19th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Chicago 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - After belting a pair of three-run homers on
Wednesday, Cody Ross made it three in two nights as he crushed a game-winning
three-run shot in the ninth inning to lift the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory over
the White Sox in the finale of a four-game set.
Carl Crawford sparked the rally with a leadoff single off reliever Matt
Thornton (2-6). After Dustin Pedroia grounded into a fielder's choice,
Adrian Gonzalez singled to right and Addison Reed entered from the bullpen.
Ross then launched a 1-1 fastball from Reed over the Green Monster to send the
Red Sox to their fourth win in five games.
"It's all about what they feel about themselves," said Red Sox manager Bobby
Valentine of his club's recent play. "We don't have any nicks on our armor.
We're a pretty good team."
Alfredo Aceves (1-6) earned the victory for tossing a scoreless ninth in
relief of starter Clay Buchholz, who fired eight innings and allowed just six
hits and one walk while striking out six.
Chicago starter Jose Quintana spun eight innings of five-hit ball and didn't
walk a batter, but Thornton's blown save sent the White Sox to their first
series loss since June 18-20 against their cross-town rivals, the Chicago
"He just has a way of getting deep into games," said Chicago manager Robin
Ventura of Quintana. "He has a lot of poise for such a young kid. We're lucky
to have him."
Alex Rios plated Chicago's lone run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth as the
White Sox saw their lead in the AL Central slip to just 1 1/2 games over the
Detroit Tigers, who beat the Angels earlier on Thursday. The White Sox play a
three-game series at Detroit this weekend.
Quintana kept it a one-run contest as he retired 19 of the first 20 batters he
He ran into trouble in the seventh when Pedroia smacked a one-out single
through the right side of the infield before Gonzalez and Ross followed with
consecutive singles to load the bases.
Quintana escaped unscathed, however, as he got Will Middlebrooks to ground
into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play, but his stellar performance was
spoiled by Ross's 16th homer of the season in the ninth.
Pedroia returned to the starting lineup for the first time since injuring his
right thumb on July 3 against Oakland. He finished 1-for-4. Infielder Mauro
Gomez was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Pedroia...Boston
traded pitcher Justin Germano to the Cubs for cash considerations before the
game...Chicago recalled pitcher Donnie Veal from Triple-A Charlotte before the
game...Chicago third baseman Kevin Youkilis missed the game with a tight
hamstring...Chicago begins a three-game set in Detroit on Friday.
07/19 22:43:20 ET