Cody Ross and Adrian Gonzalez used the Green Monster for target practice, combining for three home runs (all over the Wall) and driving in all of the runs in the Red Sox 10-1 win.
Going deep in the third and fourth innings, Ross notched the 10th multiple home run game of his career and third this season, both three run bombs that blew the game open. It gave him15 home runs and 47 RBIs for the year, and he's now 6 for 12 in his past three starts after going hitless in his 20 previous at-bats.
After Ross went deep in the fourth, Gonzalez (who already had an RBI single to his credit), went opposite field for his eight home run of the year. The back-to-back homers not only blew the game open but the blew up the major league debut of the White Sox's 23-year-old lefty Pedro Hernandez.
Acquired in the offseason in a deal for Carlos Quentin, had the roughest major league debut imaginable, giving up the three bombs, 12 hits, and all 10 runs before mercifully being removed after four innings.
While Hernandez got tossed around, Red Sox starter Felix Doubront coasted.
Getting ahead of hitters with first-pitch strikes, Felix Doubront again proved to be the stopper for the Sox, coming up with his fifth win after a Sox loss. He had earned bounce-back wins over the Royals, Rays, Tigers and most recently the Yankees, when survived a rocky start to throw 6 1/3 innings and help the Sox snap a five-game losing streak.
Bottom of the eighth, Red Sox 10, White Sox 1: A lot of defensive changes as the Sox play out the string in the late innings.
Almost certain that Carl Crawford came in because the game's so far gone, but when he took that 92 mph fastball off the body in the sixth and didn't score on Ross's double, it made me wonder if anything was wrong. Doubtful. He's a football player, but still. He -- and this team -- kind of has the dumbest luck.
Bottom of the sixth, Red Sox 10, White Sox 1: Cody Ross threatened to go deep a third time, but had to settle for a double.
With Ross at second, and Crawford (hit by a pitch) on third, Adrian Gonzalez's went to work, lining one to right to score them both and give him nine RBIs for the series.
Taking on all the heavy lifting, Ross and Gonzalez have driven in all 10 runs for the Sox tonight.
Top of the sixth, Red Sox 8, White Sox 1: A quick look at Doubront's four wins after Sox losses.
5/7 -- Kansas City, W 11-5, 6.1 innings, 7 hits, 5 runs, 3 earned, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts
5/17 -- Tampa Bay, W 5-3, 5.2 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts
5/28 -- Detroit, W 7-4, 6 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned, 1 walk, six strikeouts
7/7 -- New York, W 9-5, 6.1 innings, 4 hits,4 runs, 3 earned, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts
He's in line for another bounce-back victory tonight.
Bottom of the fifth, Red Sox 8, White Sox 1: After walking Mike Aviles (nearly giving up a bomb to him after giving up three already tonight), Pedro Hernandez's major league debut has mercifully come to an end.
Four innings, 12 hits, eight runs, three homers, and a few nightmares of Cody Ross to look forward to.
Hernandez is who the White Sox got in return for Carlos Quentin in a trade with the Padres over the winter. It's got to be karmic right? Quentin missed the first two months because of a surgery on a knee that's still nagging him.
Top of the fifth, Red Sox 8, White Sox 1: Doubront's retired seven straight and nine of his last 10 going back to the third inning.
Nothing flashy -- just two strikeouts -- just pitching to contact and staying out of trouble (just four hits allowed).
Bottom of the fourth, Red Sox 8, White Sox 1: Pedro Ciriaco had every reason to think he had stolen third, and every reason to be confused when home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez told him to go back because of apparent umpire interference. (Bobby Valentine even came out of the dugout to get some answers).
It happens. Ask A-Rod.
Ciriaco didn't have to worry about swiping it twice. Cody Ross banged out his second three-run home run of the night (It gave him his10th career multi-home run game of his career).
Then Adrian Gonzalez followed up with a solo shot, his second home run of the series, and the game is now officially blown wide open.
Top of the fourth, Red Sox 4, White Sox 1: Doubront's settling into a nice rhythm. He's starting hitters off with strikes, putting them in positions where they have to fight pitches off.
Pierzynski had to burn two two-strike pitches before eventually popping up to third and Ramirez had to waste one with two-strikes before he ultimately flew out to center.
Bottom of the third, Red Sox 4, White Sox 1: The top of the Sox order is so potent. After two called strikes, Ellsbury went down to go get a slider away. Then Carl Crawford broke his bat to poke a single up the middle.
With the table set, Cody Ross blasted one over the Monster.
In the series, Crawford and Ellsbury are 9 of 20 with eight runs, two RBIs and four stolen bases.
Top of the third, White Sox 1, Red Sox 1: A quiet inning for Felix Doubront although hasn't had any luck with Paul Konerko out. After giving up the RBI single in the first inning, Doubront walked him on five pitches (although two of them were close).
He didn't have much trouble otherwise, but he's up to 60 pitches (35 strikes).
Worth noting, Doubront is 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA in seven starts this season after Red Sox losses.
Bottom of the second, White Sox 1, Red Sox 1: Kelly Schoppach, who hit his fifth home run of the season Tuesday night (and the second pinch-hit homer of his career), got another knock, a two-out single and the Sox's only hit of the inning.
He's 14 for 45 in the last 19 games with five doubles, four homers, eight RBIs and eight runs.
Bottom of the first, White Sox 1, Red Sox 1:The Sox got one out of the inning after Jacoby Ellsbury lead it off with a double off the Wall. Gonzalez drove him in.
That's Ellsbury's fifth double and he's hit safely in five of six games since returning to the lineup.
Carl Crawford, who's had a long day, struck out chasing a slider down. His first strikeout of the season, after several at bats where he'd fought off tough pitches to scratch out base hits.
Top of the first, White Sox 1, Red Sox 0: Chicago jumps out in from again on Paul Konerko's RBI single. He had gone nine straight games without an RBI before driving one in with a double last night. Now he's got his second of the series.
Clearly, though, the biggest bat of the series has been Kevin Youkilis who roped another single. He's 5 of 9 with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored, three RBIs and a walk.
Pregame: The afternoon storm pushed the first pitch back 10 minutes, but things are about to get started here at Fenway.
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