Red Sox end road trip with 6-2 win over White Sox

Red Sox end road trip with 6-2 win over White Sox
May 22, 2013, 11:45 pm
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CHICAGO – The Red Sox sent seven batters to the plate in first inning, scoring two runs off White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago, who was starting on three days’ rest. After that, Sox batters could do little against Santiago, but what they did in the first would be enough for Clay Buchholz, as the Red Sox won, 6-2, salvaging the final game of the three-game series.

With the win, the Red Sox ended their longest road trip of the first half, 6-3.

After Jacoby Ellsbury grounded back to Santiago to open the game, Jonny Gomes was hit by a pitch and Dustin Pedroia doubled to left. David Ortiz’s single to left score both runners. Mike Napoli walked before Daniel Nava was called out on strikes and Will Middlebrooks struck out swinging.

Clay Buchholz earned the win, improving to 7-0 and lowering his ERA to 1.73. But the win was not without some struggles. Buchholz went seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts, throwing 113 pitches, 71 for strikes. But he allowed the lead-off batters to reach in five of the first six innings, all by hits.

Chicago’s No. 9 batter, Tyler Flowers led off the third with an infield single. After a walk to Alejandro De Aza, Alexei Ramirez hit into a fielder’s choice and Alex Rios grounded out, scoring Flowers, cutting the Red Sox lead, 2-1.

After the first inning, Sox batters could manage just four more base runners against Santiago, who went six innings. Three of those base runners reached on walks, and two were erased on double plays.

The Sox’ 6-9 batters – Nava, Middlebrooks, Stephen Drew, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia – went 0-for-9 with eight strikeouts against Santiago.

Koji Uehara pitched a perfect eighth inning, with two strikeouts, needing just nine pitches, seven for strikes.

The Sox added two runs in the eighth and ninth off relievers Brian Omogrosso, Nate Jones, and Donnie Veal.

Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth, giving up a two-out home run to Paul Konerko. It was Bailey’s first appearance since April 28 after being activated from the DL Monday. He has not had a save situation since April 24.

AT A GLANCE

STAR OF THE GAME: Clay Buchholz
Clay Buchholz earned the win, improving to 7-0 lowering his ERA to 1.73. He went seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts, throwing 113 pitches, 71 for strikes.

The Sox are 9-1 in his 10 starts. He has given up fewer than three runs in nine of his 10 starts, and has gone at least six innings in all 10 starts, with nine quality starts, two shy of his career-high streak from May 27 – Aug. 16, 2012.

HONORABLE MENTION: Hector Santiago
Santiago, a late addition to the White Sox rotation after scheduled starter Chris Sale was scratched on Tuesday, was pitching on three days’ rest. After giving up two runs in the first he did not allow a hit after the second inning.

After the first inning, Sox batters could manage just four more base runners against Santiago, who went six innings. Three of those base runners reached on walks, and two were erased on double plays.

The Sox’ 6-9 batters – Nava, Middlebrooks, Stephen Drew, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia – went 0-for-9 with eight strikeouts against Santiago.


THE GOAT: Adam Dunn
The White Sox DH and clean-up hitter went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He came up with runners on base in his first three at-bats, but left four runners on base.

THE TURNING POINT
With the Red Sox leading by one run in the bottom of the fifth, the White Sox had a runner on first base and two outs when Alexei Ramirez lined a shot to deep center field that Jacoby Ellsbury caught and bobbled before the ball settled in his glove. After that, the Red Sox added to their lead.

BY THE NUMBERS: 9
The Sox’ 6-9 batters – Daniel Nava, Will Middlebrooks, Stephen Drew, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia – accounted for nine of the Sox’ 11 strikeouts in the game, going a combined 1-for-15 with a walk.

QUOTE OF NOTE
“To go 6-3 on this trip, it’s a solid trip, given what we came off of the 10 days prior.” – John Farrell, on the team’s longest road trip of the first half.