Game over: Red Sox 4, White Sox 3: Koji Uehara recorded a four-out save to hold on to a one-run lead and preserve the win.
Uehara struck out two in the ninth to record his 15th save. He threw 17 pitches, 14 for strikes. Boston scored three in the fourth, the big hit a two-run single by David Ortiz, who broke out of his slump. The game was played in 3:09 before 36,063 at Fenway.
Bottom of the eighth: Red Sox 4, White Sox 3: The Red Sox are unable to give Uehara some breathing room. So we head into the ninth with Uehara needing to preserve a one-run lead.
Top of the eighth: Red Sox 4, White Sox 3: Three pitchers, three outs. John Farrell mixed and matched with Tazawa on Alexei Ramirez, Franklin Morales on Adam Dunn and Koji Uehara on Paul Konerko. Three up and three down.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 4, White Sox 3: The Red Sox went down in order
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 4, White Sox 3: Garcia homered to start the inning. After one out, Dayan Viciedo singled off the wall and scored on De Aza’s triple to right. Dempster came out after Viciedo’s wall ball and gave way to Tazawa, who surrendered the triple.
Bottom of the sixth: Red Sox 4, White Sox 1: Facing David Purcey, the Red Sox missed a chance to bury the White Sox. Middlebrooks singled to start the inning and took second on a wild pitch when Ellsbury struck out. After Victorino struck out, Pedroia was intentionally walked to get to Ortiz. He also walked to load the bases.
Gomes, who has hit well with two outs and runners in scoring position, struck out to end an eight-pitch at-bat.
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Top of the 6th: Red Sox 4, White Sox 1: The White Sox scored a run on three hits as the fllirtation with a no-hitter ended. Viciedo had an RBI single. Dempster stranded two runners to keep the game under control. The Sox then went in order.
Top of the fifth: Red Sox 4, White Sox 0: The slump is over.
Middlebrooks walked and stole second with one out and went to third when Ellsbury grounded out. The red-hot Victorino singled to center. Pedroia, another hot hitter, doubled to left and Victorino stopped at third.
Ortiz 0 for his last 23, ripped a full-count sinker to center to drive in two runs. The hit was his first since Aug. 18. That finished the night for Santiago.
Middle of the fourth: Red Sox 1, White Sox 0: The Sox sent seven batters to the plate and Santiago threw 30 pitches. But only one run was scored.
Victorino (single) was on first with two outs when Ortiz walked, Gomes was hit by a pitch (the ball is now in intensive care at Mass General) and Napoli walked to force in a run. That’s 75 RBIs for Napoli, matching his career best for a season.
Salty had a chance too make it hurt and popped up.
Dempster, meanwhile, has set down 11 straight and not allowed a hit. He has walked two and struck out four.
Middle of the third: White Sox 0, Red Sox 0: Drew reached on a pop-up single that fell between three fielders with two outs in the second. Middlebrooks then grounded into a force. Dempster, meanwhile, has retired eight straight and has thrown 45 pitches through three innings.
Middle of the 2nd: White Sox 0, Red Sox 0: Quick, easy, 1-2-3 inning for Dempster, who has retired five straight.
Top of the 2nd: White Sox 0, Red Sox 0: Dempster walked the first two batters before Ramirez inexplicably swung at the first pitch and grounded into a double play. Dempster then struck out Dunn swinging.
Victorino walked with one out and stole second despite the throw beating him. Pedroia then walked to cap a nine-pitch at-bat. Ortiz broke his bat and hit a low-liner to second. The runners froze but the ball hopped to Beckham, who forced Victorino at third. Gomes then popped to short.
Clay Buchholz update, II: Buchholz is done after 3.1 innings and 53 pitches (34 of them strikes). He allowed one run on seven hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
He is scheduled to pitch again on Wednesday in a minor league game (likely for Pawtucket) and should be able to get to 70 pitches. From there, he would rejoin the Red Sox.
Clay Buchholz update: Through three innings and 47 pitches, Buchholz has allowed one run on six hits for Triple A Pawtucket against Syracuse. He has struck out two without a walk and will at least start the fourth inning.
Pre-game: Good evening from Fenway Park. It’s a beautiful night to start the series and Labor Day weekend as Ryan Dempster returns to the mound. We’ll have updates all game and please feel free to leave your comments.