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.
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