September 5, 2010 by staff
White Sox, BOSTON (AP)-Gordon Beckham (notes) walk with the bases loaded with two outs Chicago pushed forward in a four-run ninth inning that lifted the White Sox to their sixth straight win and an unlikely 7-5 win over the return of the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.
The victory completed a sweep of the weekend series in three games and came after Chicago was down 5-3 entering the ninth inning and two outs.
Victor Martinez (notes) had a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who lost both games of a doubleheader by the score 3-1 on Saturday.
Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon (notes) (5-6) was out of the save, but (Carlos Quentin notes) RBI double to center to cut the score to 5-4 before Ramon Castro (notes) tied the game with one.
Scott Linebrink (notes) (3-1) pitched one inning of relief for the victory, and Matt Thornton (notes) got three outs for his sixth save.
Alex Rios (notes) walked to start the ninth inning off Papelbon, stole second and scored when Quentin Bloop fell in front of diving center fielder Ryan Kalish (notes). Quentin was alert and went to second when left exposed to the infielders half had gone to the gardens. Castro liner to right-center gap also fell in front of a diving Kalish.
Papelbon entered Alexei Ramirez (notes) before Dustin Richardson (notes) relieved and walked Mark Teahen (notes). Robert Manuel (notes) came in and published the bases loaded to Beckham and Juan Pierre (notes), making it 7-5.
Manny Ramirez (notes), who went 3 for 8 on Saturday, when the White Sox swept the doubleheader, was not in the starting lineup, but was beaten by the launch of Papelbon in the right arm pinch hitting in the eighth entry. He left the field for a pinch runner, jogged to a chorus of boos at the most.
Kalish broke a possible entry-level dual-play (Jed Lowrie notes) with a slide grounder to second baseman bring Beckham before Martinez took the lead 4-3 in Boston with his homer over the Green Monster seats off starter Mark Buehrle (notes).
(Bill Hall notes) hit a grounder had been 5-3 in the eighth inning.
The White Sox overwhelmed Josh Beckett (notes) in the seventh inning and scored two runs with only an infield hit to grab the edge 3-2. Juan Pierre walked in the opening and stole his main base in the majors 54. After Omar Vizquel (notes) appeared, Beckett fired wide in the center of a mistake by choosing from Pierre, who advanced to third. Alex Rios walked and Bard relieved, struck out Paul Konerko (notes), before Rios stole second.
Quentin then hit a grounder takes a leap into the glove of the bard who beat the right of the pitcher. He recovered in time, but short jumped a shot at first baseman Mike Lowell (notes) that bounced away as both runners came home.
Beckett allowed three runs; one earned-and nine hits, walked two and struck out nine in 6 1-3 innings.
Buehrle allowed four runs, 10 hits, striking out six and walking one in seven innings.
The Red Sox took a 2-1 lead in the third when David Ortiz (notes), only three of their last 25, hit a two-run double in the gap in right field and center after Darnell McDonald (notes) and Jed Lowrie singled.
Alexei Ramirez singled had given Chicago a 1-0 lead in the second.
NOTES: Boston SS Marco Scutaro (notes) was out of alignment and will have an MRI on Tuesday on his right shoulder. … The Red Sox, Jason Varitek C (notes) on the disabled list since July 2 with a fractured right foot, is expected to begin a season of rehabilitation with Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday night. … A male fan was taken from the stands on a stretcher in the fourth inning. No further information was available. … Rios stole three bases, giving him 32 and tying his career high from 2008 when he was with Toronto.
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