CHICAGO — The clubhouse stereo was playing "All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khaled Saturday night after the Red Sox beat the White Sox, 1-0.
Good choice. That's six straight for the surging Red Sox, who are 10-10 on the season.
Was it only one week ago today that the Red Sox blew a nine-run lead against the Yankees and seemed on the verge of chaos? They were 4-10, losers of five straight and the hounds were baying at Bobby Valentine.
Credit the weather and the schedule for some assistance. Sunday's game against CC Sabathia was rained out, giving the Sox a chance to clear their heads. Then came seven games against the talentless Twins and the rebuilding White Sox.
The Red Sox have outscored the opposition, 45-19, on the trip. They finish with the White Sox on Sunday. Series against the Athletics, Orioles, Royals, Indians and Mariners will follow.
Schedule aside, the Sox are playing well. The starters have completed seven innings in three of the last six games. The bullpen has allowed one run in their last 15 2/3 innings. The offense, until tonight, has been a wrecking ball.
“In the beginning of the game the guys have a good feeling. When you have a good feeling you have a good chance to win,” Valentine said.
There's hustle, too. Ryan Sweeney ran hard out of the box in the fourth inning on a broken-bat bloop to shallow right field and turned it into a double. He leads the majors with 10. Adrian Gonzalez then grounded an RBI single into center. He has 15 RBIs.
Jon Lester and three relievers took it from there. Alfredo Aceves had a drama-free ninth inning for his fourth save. Tough loss for Jake Peavy, who allowed four hits.
Lester came into the game searching for his first victory since last Sept. 6 against Toronto. In the eight starts that followed, four this season, he was 0-5 with a 7.01 ERA. It was the first time in his career Lester had lost five consecutive decisions.
“I didn’t even know about it,” said Lester, who went seven innings. “I’m not worried about that. I have to worry about every five games, doing my job, trying to keep this team in ball games. That’s all I can worry about.”
That attitude is working for the Red Sox as a group.
“We show up every day and play hard,” Sweeney said. “Lots of good things are happening.”