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August 3 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Today's Sox Crew:
Carpenter Hiring Contractors
The Sox Crew were looking for a new carpenter, and David was just what they were looking for...Alex Rios in particular.

Short Take: Phil Humber was shaky again, but the offense, anchored by Alejandro De Aza, A.J. Pierzynski and especially Alex Rios, came through when they needed to.

Let's take a moment to reflect back to last year. Alex Rios was in the midst of a horrible year. His mechanics were off, his defense was shaky, and it appeared that his effort was lacking. Fans booed him, the media decried him and called for his removal, and he, along with Adam Dunn, came to symbolize the failure that was the 2011 season. He was constantly moping, smashing his bats in the dugout, and he looked like he wanted to be anywhere else but the ballpark. Fast forward to this year now. Rios is well on his way to a 20-20 season, he's hitting well over .300, and his defense and heart are now seen as one of his biggest qualities. Amazing what a change a year makes, and this was no more evident than when Rios ran home after hitting a walk-off two-run bomb (his second HR of the game) off of the Angels' David Carpenter to give the Sox an 8-6, 10-inning victory and put them at a season-high 11 games over .500. The grin on his face, his teammates gathering in a circle around home plate to greet one saw this coming after that abysmal campaign last year. Rios looks like he's enjoying playing baseball again, and that's just what the Sox needed.

The starting pitchers were Phil Humber for the Sox, and newly-acquired Zack Grienke for the Halos. Finally back at home after a grueling 16 of 19 strech on the road, this one had all the makings of a slugfest after 3 innings, as the Angels tagged Humber for one run to start off the game. The Sox followed by putting up a 4-spot in their half of the first, capped with a 3-run shot from A.J. Pierzynski. However, the Angels scored two runs in both the second and the third innings to take a 5-4 lead. The Angels would tag on one more run in the 6th, when Albert Pujols took Humber deep to stretch the lead to two, chasing Humber and allowing Nate Jones to take over. However, in the Sox' half of the 6th, Rios hit his first HR, a solo shot to cut the lead to 6-5. In the 7th, De Aza brought the Sox even when he hit a ground-rule double to score Alexei Ramirez.

From the 8th inning on, it was a battle of the bullpens, as both sides' relief pitching was great. Kevin Jepsen and Jason Isringhausen stifled the Sox, while Brett Myers, Jesse Crain, and Matt Thornton held the Angels in check. Finally, came the bottom of the 10th. Adam Dunn came in to face lefty Hisanori Takahashi to lead off the inning, and reached on an infield single to third base that Alberto Callaspo could not get rid of in time. Jordan Danks came on to pinch-run for Dunn, and then Carpenter came in and struck out Paul Konerko (during which Paulie took an 86-mph hanging pitch right down the heart of the plate, a pitch that May Paulie would have hit onto the Dan Ryan). However, Rios came in and picked up Paulie's slack in a big way. During the postgame interview on the field, A.J. snuck up on CSN reporter Sarah Kustok while she was talking to Rios and gave her a farewell shaving cream pie in the face, one last fond memory of Chicago before she starts her new job at New York's YES Network.

Now over the 10-game over .500 hump, the Sox continue to march toward October tomorrow evening, as they continue their tilt with the Angels. Gavin Floyd takes the bump for the Sox, while Ervin Santana goes for the Halos. Also, welcome back, DeWayne Wise.

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"A walk off win, and I re-signed Wise? EVERYBODY'S a winner today!!"

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