Game over: Red Sox 6, White Sox 2: : Clay Buchholz improved to 7-0 and his ERA went to 1.73 with a seven-inning, five-hit, one run performance. The Red Sox scored twice in the first on David Ortiz’ bloop single scoring two, added two more in the eighth and a two-run bases-loaded single by Daniel Nava finished things off. Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth inning and allowed a two-out solo homer to Paul Konerko. The game was played in 3:15 before 21,298.
Top 9th: Red Sox 6, White Sox 1 – Daniel Nava added to Boston’s lead with a bases-loaded two-run single. Nava has 29 RBI on the season. The hit came righthanded against Chicago lefty Donnie Veal.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 4, White Sox 1 – Koji Uehara replaced Buchholz and struck out two (Flowers and De Aza) in a 1-2-3 inning.
Top 8th: Red Sox 4, White Sox 1 – David Ortiz and Mike Napoli stroked back-to back singles with one out against reliever Brian Omogrosso, who then walked Daniel Nava. With the bases loaded and Nate Jones on to pitch, Will Middlebrooks got Ortiz in with a sacrifice fly to right. Stephen Drew walked to reload the bases. A wild pitch scored Napoli with the fourth run. Saltalamacchia fouled off a ball on his right ankle, but stayed in to complete the at-bat and struck out.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1 – Clay Buchholz has once again pitched a fine game. He’s thrown 113 pitches through seven allowing five hits, one run, three walks and four strikeouts. He currently has a 1.73 ERA.
Top 7th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1 – Jacoby Ellsbury reached base for the third time with a single to center sending Jarrod Saltalamacchia (single) to second base, but Gomes grounded out to end the inning.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1 – Salty guns down his second runner of the night as Alex Rios singled and was caught stealing for the third out.
Top 6th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1 – Ortiz, Napoli and Nava, all retired.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1 – Jeff Keppinger reached on an infield hit to third base, but Buchholz retired the nest three batters.
Top 5th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1 – An Ellsbury walk erased by Jonny Gomes double-play grounder.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1 – After a Paul Konerko single and one out, Conor Gillaspie knocked into a double-play to end the inning.
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1 – The last four batters in the Red Sox lineup have all struck out. That’s 8 strikeouts by Nava, Middlebrooks, Drew and Saltalamacchia by lefty Hector Santiago..
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1 – The White Sox put on when Tyler Flowers reached on an infield hit and Alejandro De Aza walked, but calmly Buchholz minimized the damage with Alex Rios’ grounder scoring the run.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, White Sox 0 – Papi knocks into another double-play after a Pedroia walk.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 2, White Sox 0 – Buchholz got a couple of ground outs and a fly ball out for his first 1-2-3 inning.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 2, White Sox 0 – Ellsbury managed to reach on an infield single off Alexei Ramirez’ glove at short, but the Sox couldn’t add to their lead.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 2, White Sox 0 – Not an easy inning for Clay Buchholz. He allowed a leadoff single to Alejandro De Aza, who was gunned down by Jarrod Saltalamacchia trying to steal. Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios both walked, but Buchholz got Adam Dunn to strikeout and Paul Konerko to line to left.
Top 1st: Red Sox 2, White Sox 0 – Sometimes David Ortiz hits rockets that get caught. This time he blooped a single to left off White Sox starter Hector Santiago that scored two runs. Jonny Gomes was hit by a pitch and Pedroia had doubled down the line in left. After Ortiz struck, he actually stole third base while Daniel Nava struck out. Ortiz had never stole third base for the Red Sox.