Gonzalez power returns, too

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Gonzalez power returns, too

Kevin Youkilis, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford all returned to Fenway Monday night, but perhaps the most welcome return was a display of Adrian Gonzalez's power.

Outshining the ovations given to Youkilis, who belted out three hits in his first game in Boston since being dealt away three weeks ago, Gonzalez launched a three-run homer into the Monster Seats in the bottom of the eighth, snapping a 1-1 tie and sending the Red Sox to a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

It was Gonzalez's first homer of any sort since June 24 and just his second three-run homer of the season.

Gonzalez drove in four runs for the night, having singled home Crawford with a single to right back in the first. The four RBI represented a season high for the first baseman.

Mike Aviles drove in the other Red Sox run with a bloop single later in the eighth. All four of the runs in the eighth came off lefty reliever Leyson Septimo.

Aaron Cook got a no-decision, but pitched brilliantly, limiting the White Sox to a single run over seven innings. Sixteen of the 21 outs he recorded came on the ground and he didn't issue a walk.

Vicente Padilla got the win, while Alfredo Aceves earned the save as the Sox won for the third time in four tries in the second half.

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Mike Felger and Dan Shaughnessy discuss the Boston Red Sox bouncing back from their slump with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

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Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 win over Tampa Bay

 

QUOTES

"I can't say enough about the way our position players have continued to grind away. . . Tonight was just another example of that.'' - John Farrell.

"He's been everything that we could have hoped. You look to a starting pitcher to go out and be consistent every fifth day -- he's been a model of that for us.'' - Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"It's nice to come back with a statement game tonight. The past couple of week haven't been good for us, so it was nice to get back on the right track tonight.'' - Travis Shaw.

"Preventing them from scoring first was big and then limiting the big inning. The fourth inning was a grind. I dug myself a hole and had to find a way out of it.'' - Rick Porcello.

 

NOTES

* Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox starter to record a win since David Price beat Seattle on Jume 19.

* Porcello is unbeaten over his last eight starts, going 3-0 with five no-decisions.

* Porcello had gone 19 straight starts without allowing more than two walks, the longest such streak for a Red Sox starter since Curt Schilling went 33 in a row.

* The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and are one of two teams (Cleveland is the other) to not have lost four straight this season.

* Boston has a major league-leading 22 games in which it has scored eight or more runs.

* The first six hitters in the Red Sox lineup were 11-for-24, while the bottom three were a combined 0-for-13.

* Travis Shaw's home run was measured at 449 feet, the second-longest homer by a Red Sox player this season.

* In one night, Travis Shaw had more RBI (five) than he had in his previous 27 games (four).

* David Ortiz tied Frank Thomas in career RBI (1,704); both are in 23rd place.

 

STARS

1) Travis Shaw

Shaw belted out three hits -- including his first homer in the month of June -- and knocked in five RBI, tying a career high.

2) Rick Porcello

In a perfect world, Porcello would have gone a little deeper, but kept the Rays off the scoreboard early and helped set the tone for the night.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez reached base five times with two hits -- both singles -- and three walks - one intentional - and seemed to be in the middle of every Red Sox rally.