BOSTON For the second time in as many games, Cody Ross punished Chicago pitchers. This time it was a walk-off three-run blast into the Monster seats to give the Red Sox a 3-1 win.It was Ross third three-run home run in the last two games, giving him 16 home runs and 50 RBI this season.Carl Crawford led off the ninth with a single off White Sox reliever Matt Thornton, but was erased on Dustin Pedroias fielders choice. Adrian Gonzalezs single put runners on first and second, and ended Thorntons outing. Closer Addison Reed entered. Ross blasted Reeds third pitch -- a 1-and-1, 95-mph fastball -- over the left field wall for the walk-off win.Thornton and Reed combined to waste an admirable effort by rookie left-hander Jose Quintana, went eight scoreless innings, giving up five hits with no walks, two strikeouts, and a wild pitch.Alfredo Aceves replaced Clay Buchholz in the ninth to earn the win, Aceves first of the season, as he improved to 1-6 with a 3.97 ERA.Buchholz went eight innings, giving up one run on six hits and a walk, with six strikeouts. He lowered his ERA from 5.54 to 5.19.Chicago scored in the fourth when Adam Dunn led off with a walk off Buchholz. Paul Konerko followed with a single to right, sending Dunn to third. Alex Rios sacrifice fly to right scored Dunn, giving Chicago the 1-0 advantage.After pummeling the White Sox for 10 runs on 14 hits on Wednesday, the Red Sox were mostly handcuffed by Quintana on Thursday.The Sox could muster just one baserunner off Quintana over the first six innings, on a Pedro Ciriaco third-inning, two-out triple. But Jacoby Ellsbury struck out to end the inning, stranding Ciriaco at third.Before the ninth, the Sox best scoring chance came in the seventh. After Carl Crawford grounded out, consecutive singles by Dustin Pedroia, Alex Gonzalez, and Cody Ross loaded the bases for Will Middlebrooks. But Middlebrooks hit into a double play, ending the inning.Holding the White Sox scoreless in the first, Buchholz snapped a streak of Red Sox pitchers of allowing a run in the first inning. Sox pitchers had allowed at least one run in the first inning in the last 10 games at home since June 10, with a total of 24 runs in that span.In the ninth, Aceves gave up a two-out single to Dayan Viciedo and a ground-rule double to Gordon Beckham, but got Eduardo Escobar to ground out to end the inning.Thornton was charged with the loss, falling to 2-6 with a 3.86 ERA. Reed was charged with his third blown save.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL. - Brock Holt's return to the Red Sox is going to have to wait a little longer.
The Sox had held out some hope that Holt might be ready to rejoin the club here for the start of a three-game series. But Holt, who is recovering from a concussion suffered in early May, is still not symptom-free while on a rehab assignment at Triple A Pawtucket.
The target now is for Holt to return Friday when the Red Sox begin a homestand that will take them up to the All-Star break.
"He'll come off and hopefully join us for the weekend series with the Angels,'' said John Farrell. "(He had a) good day (Sunday), but just didn't feel like he's ready to take that next step, so we have to respect that. He'll get full number of at-bats (Tuesday) and Wednesday, before we get back home.''
Farrell said Holt is still experiencing some post-concussion symptoms as he plays in games.
"This is a very unique (case),'' said Farrell. "We've talked a lot about his form of a concussion and we felt like the best way for him to be capable of being back with us is to push forward and stress the intensity, the level of play. Because the symptoms aren't going to go away just by sitting around. This is a matter of being active and being aggressive with it, so hopefully everything calibrates within his system. That's the recommendation of the medical staff.''
Farrell said Holt continues to feel some imbalance and light dizziness.
"There are those slight, disoriented feelings that's we working through,'' Farrell said. ''We're talking about the inner ear speaking to the brain and that's only going to continue to improve but stressing it -- not by sitting back. The fact that he was set out on a rehab assignment with some of those symptoms was part of overall recommendation.
"I wish we could say this is a straight-line end result from a timing standpoint, but we're seeing that it's not.''
The Red Sox may be stumbling through the month of June, but they're flying high compared to their opponent tonight.
The Sox are in St. Petersburg, Fla., to take on the free-falling Rays, losers of 11 straight. They'll be sending Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound in hopes of continuing Tampa Bay's misery, at least for the next three games.
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Bryce Brentz LF
Sandy Leon C
Marco Hernandez 3B
Eduardo Rodriguez P
Logan Forsythe 2B
Tim Beckham SS
Evan Longoria 3B
Logan Morrison 1B
Desmond Jennings CF
Oswaldo Arcia RF
Taylor Motter LF
Nick Franklin DH
Curt Casali C
Blake Snell P
The Red Sox made another pitcher-for-infielder roster swap today, sending William Cuevas back to Pawtucket and bringing up Mike Miller as his replacement.
The Sox had summoned Cuevas from the PawSox over the weekend when they ran through their bullpen in Friday night's come-from-behind victory over Texas and he pitched twice against the Rangers, holding them to two hits over 2 2/3 scoreless innings on Saturday and Sunday. Deven Marrero had been shipped out when Cuevas arrived, leaving the Sox with only one backup infielder (Marco Hernandez).
Now they have two again, with Miller making his first trip to the major leagues. He's been primarily a second baseman for Pawtucket, though he's also seen action at short and third. Miller -- the team's ninth-round selection in the 2012 draft -- had a combined .251 average in 46 games for the PawSox and six games for Double-A Portland.
However, his stay with the Red Sox will likely be as short as Cuevas'. Brock Holt may soon be ready for reactivation, after having missed more than a month because of a concussion, and he could take Miller's roster spot when he returns.