BOSTON – Felix Doubront matched his shortest outing of the season Sunday, going 3 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. He needed 90 pitches, 60 strikes, to get through his outing. The left-hander didn’t get the win, but the Red Sox did, beating the White Sox, 7-6, to complete the sweep of the three-game set at Fenway Park.
Right-hander Brandon Workman got the win, going 1 1/3 innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk with one strikeout. He improved to 4-2 with a 4.50 ERA.
The Red Sox got an early five-run lead after three innings. They batted around in the second, scoring four runs, and added another on Stephen Drew’s 11th home run of the season in the third.
The White Sox cut their deficit to one run in the fourth, sending 10 batters to the plate in the fourth, with four scoring. They added another run in the fifth when Alexei Ramirez led off with a single, stole second, scoring on Paul Konerko’s single.
But, in the bottom of the fourth the Red Sox got a pair of runs off lefty Charlie Leesman, who was called up before the game and relieved Rienzo to start the inning.
The White Sox got another run in the fifth when Alexei Ramirez led off with a single, stole second, scoring on Paul Konerko’s single, cutting the Red Sox’ lead to two runs.
Franklin Morales pitched 1 1/3 scoreless and Junichi Tazawa pitched two-thirds of a scoreless inning, before Craig Breslow gave up a home run to No. 9 hitter Tyler Flowers in the eighth, cutting the Red Sox lead to one run, 7-6.
But that was all Chicago would get, as Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save. The victory, combined the the Rays loss in Oakland, boosted the Red Sox's AL East lead to 5 1/2 games over Tampa Bay.
David Ortiz went 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI. He is now two hits shy of 2,000 for his career.
STAR OF THE GAME: David Ortiz
Ortiz went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and three RBI. He has reached in eight of his past 11 plate appearances, going 5-for-8, with three walks, and six RBI, since a two-run single in the fourth inning on Friday night that snapped an 0-for-23 stretch. He is now two hits shy of 2,000 for his career.
HONORABLE MENTION: Koji Uehara
Uehara continues to be dominant in the closer’s role, earning his 16th save with a perfect ninth inning. He has retired his past 18 batters, including all 17 in his past five outings. He has been perfect in each of his last five save chances, the longest such streak by a Sox pitcher since Jonathan Papelbon in five straight from Aug. 21 – Sept. 6, 2007. Overall, he has not allowed a runner in 14 of his 16 saves.
It was his 21st consecutive scoreless outing, spanning a career-high 24 scoreless innings. He is the third Sox pitcher with 21 or more consecutive scoreless outings, along with Daniel Bard (25 in 2011) and Jonathan Papelbon (21 in 2011). In his 21-game scoreless streak, Uehara has allowed just seven base runners.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Andre Rienzo
Rienzo lasted just three innings in his first outing against an American League East team. After posting a 3.56 ERA over his first five major league starts, he has surrendered 10 earned runs in nine innings in his past two starts for a 10.00 ERA.
TURNING POINT: After the White Sox offense cut their deficit to one run in the fourth, the Red Six added two more runs in the bottom of the inning off Leesman. That provided enough of a cushion.
BY THE NUMBERS: Red Sox pitchers gave up six runs, eneing their streak of allowing three or fewer runs in each of the past 11 games.
QUOTE OF NOTE: “September is a month that’s more difficult that what people think it is because the next thing you know you’re getting looks at a lot of guys that you haven’t seen before. You have no clue about what they got, or what they’re trying to do. I’m not just talking about it as a hitting, I’m talking about it for our pitchers too. Sometimes you are playing against a team that probably doesn’t have a chance to go anywhere, but they have a kid who is trying to impress his manager, trying to get the job done. I’ve seen it all pretty much.” – David Ortiz