Red Sox shut down by Floyd, White Sox


Red Sox shut down by Floyd, White Sox

CHICAGO -- From the second inning through the seventh Josh Beckett was every bit as good as his opponent, Gavin Floyd.

Unfortunately for Beckett and the Red Sox, the same can't be said about the first inning.

Beckett gave up a run-scoring single and a two-run homer in the first, and that was enough to back Floyd and send the Chicago White Sox to a 4-1 victory, snapping the Red Sox' six-game
winning streak.

The Red Sox were held hitless until Dustin Pedroia singled up the middle with one out in the seventh. After a David Ortiz double and a single by Cody Ross, the Red Sox ended Floyd's
shutout bid and chased him from the game, but with runners at the corners, Nick Punto, a last-minute substitute for Kevin Youkilis (lower back tightness), grounded to third.

After scoring 44 runs in their first five games of the road trip, the Red Sox managed just two in their final two games.

Beckett pitched 6 23 innings and threw 126 pitches, tying his career high which was set back in 2004. He struck out a season-high eight.

The White Sox tacked on an insurance run against Rich Hill and Junichi Tazawa in the eighth inning.

Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.