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Sox "Walk" Away with a Sweep of Boston

September 5 at Boston Red Sox

Matt Thornton
Paul Konerko

Fresh off the D.L., Matt Thornton retired the side in order to end the game, while Konerko went hitless, failing with runners in scoring position twice.

Short Take:   Mark Buehrle wasn't sharp and the offense went 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position, but their patience at the plate paid off late in the ballgame.

After sweeping a double header in Boston yesterday for the first time in 19 years, the White Sox looked to continue their winning ways this afternoon, not only at Fenway Park, but also on their ten game road trip. They looked to Mark Buehrle for a solid outing on the mound, but he was shaky. As luck would have it, so was Boston's starter, Josh Beckett. The Sox had him on the ropes more than once and failed more often than not. However, they did get to Red Sox closer, Jonathan Papelbon, who was called upon in the eighth to record a five out save. He failed, and the Sox prevailed, 7-5.

Josh Beckett wasn't at his best, and the Sox had him on the ropes in the second when they plated their first run of the ballgame. Carlos Quentin led off with a double and A.J. Pierzynski followed with a base hit. The third consecutive hit in the inning came courtesy of Alexei Ramirez, which plated TCQ and gave the Sox an early 1-0 lead. Boston took the lead in the third, scoring two. After back-to-back singles from Darnell McDonald and Jed Lowrie, Victor Martinez flied out, but David Ortiz came through with a double, plating both McDonald and Lowrie.

The score remained 2-1 until the top of the seventh when the Sox scratched and clawed their way to regaining the lead. Juan Pierre walked to lead off the inning, stole second, and went to third on a throwing error by Beckett. Alex Rios walked, then stole second with Konerko at the plate. Daniel Bard, who relieved Beckett, got Konerko on strikes, but allowed Quentin to reach on an infield single, scoring the tying run. Rios, who represented the go-ahead run, came home on Bard's throwing error. With the Sox up 3-2, the Red Sox regained the lead half an inning later. Mark Buehrle threw his 118th pitch of the ballgame to Victor Martinez, who was hitting .410 from the right side of the plate. With one on, Martinez put it over the Green Monster and just like that, it was 4-3 Red Sox. They plated an addtional run in the eighth off Scott Linebrink (3-1), making the score 5-3.

Once the Red Sox took the lead and then some, it felt like the wind had been taken out of the Sox sails... but not so fast; the Sox proved they wanted to win this ballgame and would do anything to keep pace with the Twins. Jonathan Papelbon (5-6) was called upon to record a five out save and failed. After walking Alex Rios, Quentin doubled, making it a 5-4 game. Ramon Castro came through in the clutch when he singled, scoring Brent Lillibridge, who ran for TCQ. The game was tied at five and the Sox weren't done. Bases loaded walks by Robert Manuel to Gordon Beckham and Juan Pierre gave the Sox a 7-5 lead. Matt Thornton, who was activated from the D.L. on Friday, worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his sixth save of the season.

The Sox are now a perfect 6-0 on this crucial ten game road trip and have been playing pretty good baseball. Unfortunately, the Twins are 5-1 over their last six, and the Sox have gained just one game in the standings. The Sox will spend Labor Day playing a matinee contest at Comerica Park in Detroit, sending Edwin Jackson (9-10, 4.37 ERA) to the mound, who's been stellar in a Sox uniform, and the Tigers will counter with Matt Scherzer (10-9, 3.45 ERA). The first pitch will be at 12:05p CDT and the game will be broadcast on Comcast Sports Net.

TBGR Diary:
 Just when it looked like the Rangers were going to help us out with a come-from-behind victory against the hated Twins, a ridiculous, unorthodox call by the third base umpire ended the game at Target Field and shattered the hopes for Sox fans of being 2 1/2 games out of first. Regardless, the Sox are still in the race and September ballgames are meaningful. We couldn't ask for more!!!

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