Red Sox pound White Sox – Boston Globe
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Xander Bogaerts was congratulated upon his return to the Red Sox dugout for scoring in the first inning.
David Ortiz took his customary big swing at a slider thrown by Chris Sale and accidentally hit a slow ground ball to the left side of the diamond.
Because the Chicago White Sox were in a defensive shift, third base was vacated, and Ortiz chugged his way to first base for an infield single. He raised his hands in mock triumph as he crossed the bag, and the crowd at Fenway Park laughed.
“You see that?” Ortiz said. “I don’t get too many of those.”
The Red Sox had a fun night for a change, determinedly jabbing away at Sale in an 8-2 victory on Thursday night.
Chicago won the first three games of the series, scoring 28 runs. With Sale on the mound, the White Sox were poised for a sweep. The All-Star lefthander averages nearly 12 strikeouts per nine innings and none of the Red Sox hitters had any career success against him.
Box score: Red Sox 8, White Sox 2
But on this night, Sale allowed seven runs on 12 hits, the most of his career. Eleven of those hits were singles as the Red Sox poked away.
“We had a number of base hits that found holes,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell, one of the few honest men in baseball during trade deadline week. “But, I will say this: Even when we got down in the count, we stayed on some off-speed pitches against him . . . We took what he gave us.”
Ortiz and Xander Bogaerts each had three hits as the Red Sox won for just the third time in the last 15 games.
“Sale is scary, I don’t like facing him. But we needed that one,” Ortiz said.
A knuckleball cooled off the White Sox as Steven Wright (4-4) allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. He waked two and struck out eight, throwing 116 pitches on a day the Red Sox needed to give their bullpen a rest.
Jose Abreu hit a two-run home run in the first inning then Wright held Chicago down, allowing only two other runners into scoring position.
Wright used his fastball early in the game to stay in counts before the knuckleball had what …Read More