Sergio Santos retired the Sox in the ninth as Tim Wakefield was denied his 200th win despite pitching a solid game. Both Sox teams managed only three hits, but the White Sox made there’s count. A two-run homer by A.J. Pierzynski against Wakefield in the 7th inning broke a 1-1 tied.
The Sox could not muster anything against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd.
The game was played in an efficient 2:10 before 27,513 at U.S. Cellular.
Top of the 8th: White Sox 3, Red Sox 1
A.J. Pierzynski slugged a two-run homer in the seventh inning off Wakefield, who is done for the night. No 200th win tonight. Aceves now pitching for the Sox.
Floyd allowed one run over seven innings before Matt Thornton went the seventh and set down the Sox in order.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 1, White Sox 1
Paul Konerko’s sacrifice fly tied it in the bottom of the inning. Juan Pierre, who had struck out twice against Tim Wakefield, bunted his way on. After Omar Vizquel sacrificed him to second, a wild pitch advanced the runner to third from where Konerko drove in the run.
Top 6th: Red Sox 1, White Sox 0
The Red Sox had an excellent chance to add to their lead, but Kevin Youkilis struck out with the bases loaded. After one out, Marco Scutaro reached on an infield single, stole second. After Jacoby Ellsbury walked and Pedroia forced Ellsbury at second, Ortiz walked to load them up.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 1, White Sox 0
Wakefield retired eight straight before hitting Gordon Beckham with a pitch. But he struck out Juan Pierre for the final out.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, White Sox 0
Jarrod Saltalamacchia stroked his ninth homer to right field on a 3-2 count from Gavin Floyd. The ball went 400 feet. Drew Sutton reached on a basehit when shortstop Alexei Ramirez and CF Alejandro De Aza converged and neither caught it in short.
Omar Vizquel started a nice double play at third when he fielded Scutaro’s short hope. Vizquel can still play. Would be a good pickup for the Red Sox.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, White Sox 0
Gavin Floyd has set down the first six batters he’s faced.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, White Sox 0
Tim Wakefield, going after win 200, retired the side in the first. His .368 winning percentage vs. the White Sox is the second lowest against any major league team. Wakefield is 7-12 with a 4.97 ERA vs. the White Sox and 4-7 with a 4.83 ERA here in Chicago.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, White Sox 0
Gavin Floyd sets the Red Sox down in order in revamped Sox lineup minus Adrian Gonzalez (stiff neck). Ortiz, batting third, popped out.