Red Sox lose fourth straight, 7-4 to White Sox

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Red Sox lose fourth straight, 7-4 to White Sox

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Whatever momentum the Red Sox built on their recent 5-2 road trip has since been squandered by the poor start to the club's homestand.

The Red Sox dropped their fourth straight -- and third in a row at Fenway -- 7-4, to the Chicago White Sox, who arrived in Boston Monday seven games under .500 but scored 24 runs in sweeping Boston.

The Red Sox had a 3-0 after two innings thanks to an RBI double from Jed Lowrie and a two-run single from Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

But the White Sox clawed back against Tim Wakefield with one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and another in the sixth.

David Ortiz's second homer in as many games tied things at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth, but the White Sox netted a run off Matt Albers in the seventh then padded the lead on a two-run homer from Paul Konerko off closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth.

Lefty reliever Rich Hill, who has not allowed a run this season, grabbed his left forearm in pain after walking Adam Dunn in the seventh game and immediately left the game.

STAR OF THE GAME: Paul Konerko
Konerko delivered a run-scoring single off Matt Albers in the seventh to snap a 4-4 tie and two innings later, he added a two-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon to provide some extra padding for the White Sox.

Konerko has driven in runs in each of his last five games, including, obviously, all three of the games against the Red Sox.
HONORABLE MENTION: Gavin Floyd
Floyd was roughed up for seven innings in the first two innings, but settled down thereafter, allowing just two more hits the rest of the way.

He retired 10 consecutive batters from the second through the fifth while his teammates caught up at the plate and improved to 5-0 lifetimes against the Red Sox.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Matt Albers
After David Ortiz had tied the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth and taken starter Tim Wakefield off the hook, Albers came in and faced four hitters, allowing three hits, a run and a wild pitch.
TURNING POINT
After the Red Sox had seven hits in their first 10 plate appearances, Floyd made some adjustments and allowed just one hit over the next 18 hitters.

BY THE NUMBERS
Over the last 18 games, Red Sox catchers (Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Varitek) have combined to knock in 15 runs.

QUOTE OF NOTE
"I thought it was a poor call and a poor explanation. I asked him to get help. He said it was his call. I wish he'd gotten it right.'' - Terry Francona on 2nd base umpire Marty Foster, who called Juan Pierre safe despite replays showing that Dustin Pedroia tagged Pierre attempting to steal second.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Morning Skate: Devils get a good one in No. 1 pick Hischier

Morning Skate: Devils get a good one in No. 1 pick Hischier

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while locking the name Urho Vaakenainen into my Microsoft World spellcheck.

 *The New Jersey Devils got a No. 1 overall pick that isn’t going to be a generational player, but he’s going to be one heck of a player.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has fired Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett indicating that he needed a change after a long run in the desert.

*The Edmonton Oilers cleared cap space by dealing Jordan Eberle and immediately filled it up with a four-year commitment to Kris Russell. Peter Chiarelli must make sure he doesn’t paint himself into a salary cap corner like he did in Boston with signings like this one. Word is that Connor McDavid is going to command a massive contract, and that could make contracts like the Russell one tough to manage in Edmonton.

*Old friend Claude Julien is only a spectator at the NHL Draft, but he’s already juggling the Habs roster in his mind as it goes through changes. Both Julien and Shawn Thornton came over to shoot the breeze with the Boston media on Friday night as the first round approached, and showed once again why both men are on the All-Class team.

*The Winnipeg Jets took a guy that I thought made a lot of sense for the Bruins, big Finnish power forward Kristian Vesalainen. He was available for the Bruins at the 18th pick when they opted to go defense instead.

*The Washington Capitals decided not to let winger TJ Oshie get to free agency, and locked him up with an eight-year contract.

*Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is in the middle of the storm right now as he blows up his team and begins to build it the way he wants to.

For something completely different: Everything you always wanted to know about Sammy Hagar but were afraid to ask.


 

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is trading for Paul George worth the risk?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is trading for Paul George worth the risk?

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0:41 - Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles recap their thoughts on drafting Jayson Tatum and trade rumors involving the Celtics.

6:21 - Ian Thomsen joins BST to discuss if it would be worth trading for Paul George as a one-year rental and if there would be a chance he could still around long-term if traded to Boston.

11:13 - Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Rick Porcello’s outing, the Red Sox offense coming to life, and Doug Fister being claimed by the Red Sox. 

15:10 - Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely look back at the Celtics/Nets trade, what the assets have turned into, and if Danny Ainge has done a good job turning those assets into players.