Jason Bay homers in the 8th inning. Game Photos (Jim Davis / Globe Staff)
(10:17, Game over, Red Sox 6, White Sox 3)The Red Sox have beaten the White Sox and look as if they'll keep their 1-1-/2-game wild card lead over Texas which is beating the Yankees 10-5 through 7 innings. Papelbon earned his 30th save by striking out two and allowing a double. Tampa Bay was also leading in their game against Toronto and would look to remain three games back.
(9:53, bottom 8th, Red Sox 6, White Sox 3)
You see a lot of bad pitches being thrown in the majors. Scott Linebrink threw one to Jason Bay. On an 0-2 pitch Linebrink threw a splitter that hung up nicely for Bay to deposit over the Green Monster. Bay's 28th homer. Sox keep adding on with RBIs by Victor Martinez and Jacoby Ellsbury. Looks like Jonathan Papelbon will be on for the 9th.
(9:48, top 8th, 3-3)What's with these horrible plays lately? Jose Contreras' horror show, which cost the White Sox the game Monday, was followed by Hideki Okajima's muff of a pop up hit right to him by Carlos Quentin in the 8th. Okie tried to Willie Mays it and dropped it. That was followed by Victor Martinez commiting an error when he threw the ball back to Okajima, but missed him wide right with the ball going into centerfield. All of which led to a jam, runners at the corners. Martinez had tied the score in the bottom of the 7th with a pinch-hit single scoring pinch-runner Nick Green after Jason Varitek doubled. Okajima did well in stranding the runners by retiring Jermaine Dye on a pop out and he got A.J. Pierzynski to strike out. On came Manny Delcarmen to face Alex Rios. he popped him up to get out of the jam. Sweet Caroline is playing.
(9:05, top seventh, Chicago 3, Boston 2)
Terrible turn of events for Jon Lester, who is now out of the game after 113 pitches and two outs in the 7th. After surrendering a single to left to Paul Konerko and a walk to Jermaine Dye, Lester had runners at second and third with two outs and 0-2 on Alexei Ramirez. He bounced a pitch that somehow caught the corner of the plate and took a bad bounce away from Jason Varitek and got behind him scoring Konerko. Nix then hit a scorching shot off Mike Lowell's glove at third, scoring Dye with the second and go-ahead run. Hideki Okajima has come on to relieve Lester.
(8:53, bottom sixth, Boston 2, Chicago 1)Jon Lester is giving the Red Sox exactly what the doctor ordered. After two poor performances by No. 1 starter Josh Beckett, the Sox could have not afforded a bad one by Lester. Kevin Youkilis' RBI single in the third has held up after Pedroia's ground ball out got Jacoby Ellsbury in from third in the first inning. Freddy Garcia is also pitching very well. Lester pitched a beauty against Toronto last week when he allowed one run over eight innings.
(8:00, top third, Boston 1, Chicago 1)No. 9 hitter Jayson Nix stroked his 11th homer over the wall to tie it up.
(7:57, top third, 1-0 Boston)
With all the excitement here with the Billy Wagner deal, another big name pitcher, Jake Peavy, joined his Chicago teammates this afternoon.
Peavy is still in a holding pattern on when he'll return. Getting hit in the elbow last night in a 5-inning shutout outing for Charlotte didn't help matters. Peavy has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 13 with a strained tendon in his right ankle.
“That’s the biggest thing. Obviously, getting hit last night [by a liner] was not what we expected, not what we wanted, especially after the first few innings were encouraging. The effort last night was encouraging. I felt quite a bit better than I had the previous two and it was something to build off of. Obviously this is a tiny setback, but we’ll just have to wait and see how we feel. I didn’t play any catch, but hopefully tomorrow or the next day we’ll go back on the mound, flush some of the soreness out and get back out there really soon.’’
Asked how he felt after the start, “Coming off the start, obviously besides getting hit, I think this is the best I rebounded. Obviously, my body is getting used to recovering, getting used to the strain multiple innings put on your body, which is encouraging. Obviously, getting hit is the biggest thing, just sore. Not having the full range of motion with the arm and certainly some swelling. We’re going to treat it, treat it and treat it some more, and hopefully things will calm down, we’ll be able to throw the next few days and this weekend won’t be altered.’’
Peavy said his pitches were getting sharper.
"They were getting better. [Monday] night as the game went along they were getting better, so that was encouraging. We’ll see what this week holds and from there just play it by ear.’’
Asked if he'd like to make his next start with the White Sox or back in Triple-A, he said, “Obviously, the decision would be a little easier to make if we weren’t coming off a ball hitting me square in the elbow. It’s just frustrating to come out for today’s work day and not being able to play catch. And a bullpen tomorrow up in the air, that’s obviously frustrating to me with all we battled through to get to this point. Obviously I want to pitch at this level. If, and when’ I’m ready we’ll decide that as a team. Herm, Coop and the guys that watch me throw my bullpen, all that stuff will be decided as soon as we know, but so much is up in the air by getting hit last night.’’
Asked whether the ankle is no longer an issue he said, “The ankle comes out of the start as good as anything. You got soreness in the back, obviously the right arm that overshadows the ankle, but the ankle is gaining strength and absolutely not an issue as far as being injured.’’
(7:23, top first, 1-0 Boston)
Jacoby Ellsbury has stolen his 55th base of the season, breaking the team record shared with Tommy Harper.
Ellsbury reached on a ground rule double to start the game and then promptly stole third base cleanly off White Sox starter Freddy Garcia. He scored on Dustin Pedroia's ground out to first base. Ellsbury received a huge standing ovation from the fans and from his teammates.