May 31, 2011: White Sox 10, Red Sox 7

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May 31, 2011: White Sox 10, Red Sox 7

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- It got ugly early for the Red Sox Tuesday, and even after a late-inning rally, it remained that way at the end.

After spotting the Chicago White Sox a 10-1 lead, the Red Sox scored six unaswered runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but fell short in a 10-7 defeat.

The loss was Boston's third in a row.

Starter Alfredo Aceves was tagged for four runs in the second inning and solo runs in the third and fourth innings. When the White Sox got two more off him in the sixth, the night was over for Aceves who allowed eight runs -- six of them earned. Until Tuesday night, Aceves had allowed eight runs all season in 28 13 innings.

A run-scoring single by Drew Sutton and a three-run homer by David Ortiz made it respectable for the Sox in the eighth and when they added two more in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Josh Reddick and a Sutton double, the Sox had the potential game-tying run on deck.

But Chris Sale fanned Adrian Gonzalez to end the threat.

The game featured the return of Bobby Jenks, who was taken off the DL earlier in the day. He pitched a scoreless eighth against his former team.

Player of the Game: Alexei Ramirez

Ramirez paced the White Sox' 15-hit attack with his 7th career four-hit game and second this season.

After popping out to second in his first plate appearance, he singled in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth.

The night capped a strong month for Ramirez, who led all White Sox hitters with 36 hits.

Honorable Mention: Phillip Humber

Humber limited the Red Sox to a single run over the first six innings before tiring some in the seventh.

By then, his teammates had provided him with plenty of run support and Humber, a former Mets prospect, was on his way to his fourth victory of the season.

The Goat: Alfredo Aceves

Aceves had been terrific in two previous spot starts, allowing just two runs over 11 innings, but the streak came an abrupt end Tuesday night.

He didn't get much help from his defense in the second, but gave up eight hits in five-plus innings.

Turning Point: Two-out rally

Aceves was an out away from getting out the second inning with just two runs scored by the White Sox before Alexi Ramirez singled up the middle, doubling the White Sox' run total for the inning and setting the stage for the rout.

By the Numbers: 8

Jason Varitek has hit safely in each of his last eight games with at least one at-bat, batting .379 (11-for-29) in that span. Varitek has lifted his average to .235 for the season.

Quote of Note:

"It's one of those games where you feel really good and things don't happen.'' -- Alfredo Aceves on his outing.

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

Extended podcast with David Ortiz on his career, PED's, the Marathon bombing and more

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Extended podcast with David Ortiz on his career, PED's, the Marathon bombing and more

David Ortiz offers thoughtful answers and insight in this interview with Sean McAdam touching on his beginning with the Red Sox, the Boston Marathon bombings, showing up on a PED list, his impact in the dugout, and more.

You can also see pieces of the interview on CSN Friday at 6:30pm on a special Arbella Early Edition with Gary Tanguay and Lou Merloni.

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Bogaerts' "maturity is clearly taking hold"

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Bogaerts' "maturity is clearly taking hold"

NEW YORK -- Xander Bogaerts enjoyed a terrific 2015, his second full season in the big leagues.

He finished second in the American League batting race, established himself as a solid defender at short and generally showed immense promise.

The only thing he didn't do was show much home run power, limited to just seven homers.

This past spring, both manager John Farrell and Chili Davis expressed confidence that the home runs would come, and that they would come organically.

And so they have. In Thursday night's loss to the New York Yankees, a solo homer in the fifth by Bogaerts represented the only Red Sox run of the night in a 5-1 loss. It also gave Bogaerts 21 homers for the year, exactly triple his output from a year ago.

"The maturity is clearly taking hold," said John Farrell of Bogaerts' growth. "You start to get a couple thousand at-bats at the major league level, you're starting to understand your swing, you're picking out certain counts in which to leverage a little bit more. He's been able to do that.

"Home runs are up across the board. But with Xander in particular, he's physically maturing and he's maturing as a major league player as well."

Bogaerts took the advise of Davis and others and didn't set out to try to hit more homers this year. He knew they would come in time.

"Maybe not this quick," he said of the big increase, "but probably in the future, yeah. That's what I did in the minor leagues, so it's kind of something that I thought might translate to the big leagues, too."

Bogaerts is hard-pressed to put his finger on any on factor to explain the big uptick. After all, he didn't change his swing or his stance.

Rather, the homers came as a result of him understanding himself better as a hitter and consistently taking the right approach at the plate.

"It's just (a matter of) taking good swings in good counts," he offered. "Sometimes, you're looking for one. But overall, it's just being a more mature hitter and looking for the right spots to pick and choose."

It hasn't hurt that he's surrounded by quality hitters in the Red Sox lineup, with Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia ahead of him earlier in the year, and now Pedrioa ahead of him and David Ortiz behind him.

In addition to seeing better pitches because of who's surrounding him, Bogaerts has also benefitted from listening to Ortiz, who watches his at-bats and offers advice when called for.

Still, most of the credit belongs to Bogaerts himself, who has grown into his power naturally -- just as his manager and hitting coach forecast.