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Getting the job done

August 15 at Boston

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"Just another lazy Sunday afternoon."

Short Take:Buehrle wild early, but settles in as Sox provide just enough offense for the victory.

Mark Buehrle walked four batters in the first two innings, three in the first, but the Red Sox failed to capitalize as the Sox win a nail biter 5-4 in Boston.

Buehrle threw 59 of his 110 pitches in those first two innings, but escaped unscathed and turned in a solid performance for his 11th win of the season. His counterpart, Bronson Arroyo, was tagged with the loss despite a strong effort as well. Arroyo retired the first 10 Sox batters he faced, until rightfielder Timo Perez broke through with a crisp single with one out in the 4th. Carlos Lee followed with a double off the Monster in left center, and the Sox were on the board. Lee was aggressive on the basepaths today, and he proceeded to steal 3rd base with Paul Konerko at the plate. Konerko grounded out to thirdbaseman Bill Mueller, but on the play Lee sprinted home and beat the throw from first to make the score 2-0 White Sox.

In the previous inning, Buehrle got out of trouble with a little help from Aaron Rowand in centerfield. With two on and two out, Orlando Cabrera hit a shallow single to center. Kevin Youkilis tried to score on the play, but Rowand recorded the assist by gunning him down on a play at the plate to end the inning. On the play, both Youkilis and Sandy Alomar were shaken up, and had to leave the game. Both players were said to be fine.

Forward to the 6th inning, with the Sox still in control 2-0. Former nemesis Doug Mientkiewicz singled in two runs to tie the score at 2. That was all that the BoSox would get off Buehrle today, as he pitched 7 solid innings. The Sox got him the lead in the top of the 7th by playing a little smallball. Jose Valentin singled and stole second to leadoff the inning. Rowand hit a deep sacrifice fly to move Valentin to third, and Juan Uribe sacrificed Valentin home to put the Sox on top 3-2. Buehrle responded with a 1-2-3 bottom of the 7th. The Sox added some much needed insurance in the 8th off BoSox relievers Alan Embree and Mike Timlin. Willie Harris singled off Embree, and Perez sacrificed him to second. Timlin came on to face Lee, and Lee ripped a two-run homer into the Monster seats to put the PaleHose up 5-2. But, as usual, nothing comes easy. Cliff Politte came in to start the 8th inning and retired Manny Ramirez on strikes for the first out of the inning. Two of the next three batters singled off Politte, however, and he gave way to Damaso Marte with two on and two out in the 8th.

Marte came on to face Mientkiewicz, and the pest singled to load the bases (a special thank-you to David Ortiz for clogging the basepaths!). Marte was done, and Shingo Takatsu came in with the bases full. He struck out pinch hitter David Roberts to end the inning and keep the score at 5-2. The Sox failed to score in the top half of the 9th, setting the stage for the climactic end. The Red Sox loaded the bases off Shingo with one out, and Ortiz represented the winning run at the plate. Shingo struck him out, and there were two outs. But Jason Varitek followed with a single, scoring two and cutting the lead to 5-4. With runners on the corners, Takatsu retired Cabrera for the final out to lock down the save and the win for the Sox.

The Sox up their record to 59-56, and remain 4 games back of the division leading Twins who also won today. The Sox get a much-needed day off tomorrow, and are back home on Tuesday night against divisional foe Detroit. Freddy Garcia (10-9, 3.36) goes for the Sox against Tiger starter Mike Maroth (9-7, 4,37). Gametime 7:05 CDT.

Ozzieball Update:
Sox aggressive on the basepaths today, as two stolen bases lead to two runs. After allowing the Red Sox to tie the game, Sox manufactured a run in the next half inning to take back the lead.

submitted by beckett21.

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Carlos Lee

Offensive star goes 3 for 4, with a home run, stolen base, two runs and three RBI. Big two-run homer in the 8th provided just enough insurance to secure the win.

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