A win is a win: Red Sox sneak past White Sox

BOSTON — It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, especially against one of the worst teams in the American League, but any win at this time of the year is a good one as the Red Sox were able to do just enough to get by the White Sox 4-3 Friday night at Fenway Park.

The offense did just enough to get the job done as they scored once in the third on a bases loaded walk to Mike Napoli and then three in the fourth, highlighted by a two-RBI single from David Ortiz, snapping a 0-for-23 skid. The Red Sox were aided by a rough outing from White Sox starter Hector Santiago, who went just 3 2/3 innings allowing the four runs on 101 pitches. Victorino led the offense with two hits in the six-hit attack.

“Given the way he swing the bat [in the following at-bat], it looked like a load was off his shoulders,” manager John Farrell said of Ortiz’s single. “A two-out base hit, regardless of where it went or how hard it was hit, I just think the fact that he was able to get a big key hit in that moment and I thought he had good at-bats throughout the night.”

Ryan Dempster picked up his seventh win of the season, but he had to battle to do so. The veteran right-hander went 6 1/3 innings allowing three runs on five hits while striking out five. After walking the first two batters of the game, Dempster retired the next 11 before a lead-off double in the fifth. The White Sox scored a run in the fifth and two in the seventh off Dempster, including a solo home run to Avisal Garcia. The overall numbers are a bit misleading as Dempster did not pitch all that well, going against a sub-par White Sox lineup who came in scoring the fewest runs per game in the American League at 3.80.

Junichi Tazawa relieved Dempster and allowed an inherited runner to score before getting the final two outs of the seventh and then the first out of the eighth. Franklin Morales got the second out in the eighth before Koji Uehara came on to earn a four-out save.

The teams will continue their weekend series tomorrow night (7:10, NESN) where Jake Peavy will face is old team and go up against Jon Danks.

What they’ll be saying: The Red Sox could have gotten a little more production out of the offense, particularly on a night where Santiago really struggled with his command. The team left 10 runners on base as they couldn’t break the game open early in the game when presented with the opportunity … Victorino continued his lethal stretch of late by reaching base in three of his five plate appearances and recording an RBI for the fifth straight game, which matches a career-high. In his last 12 games, the right fielder is hitting .477 with 10 extra-base hits, including five home runs and 14 RBI … After recording the final four outs Uehara has now allowed seven base runners of the last 74 hitters he’s faced.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for…

By David DeKokHARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach"…

National

On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was…

Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme told a mental health examiner in newly released interview the "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to separate her from "the system."

Local

New York-based Century 21 store coming to The…

The former Strawbridge & Clothier building will once again host a department store. City officials on Thursday announced New York-based Century 21 Department Stores will…

National

Electric Zoo tickets on sale Tuesday as festival…

Electric Zoo tickets go on sale Tuesday. The festival announced plans to amp up security after two attendees died last year from apparent drug overdoses.

Music

Championship of Collegiate a Cappella: Students who are…

Tickets to this Saturday’s International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella reportedly sold out within 11 hours of going on sale.

Music

M.I.A. talks 'Matangi,' divinity, spontaneity and holograms

"There’s pressure for me to become a theatrical production like 'Glee,' or something" says M.I.A., "It’s like, 'the pressure’s on, bitches.'"

Movies

Tribeca: 'Goodbye to All That' star Paul Schneider…

Paul Schneider talks about his new film "Goodbye to All That," not acting too much and how he'd rather indulge in simple pleasures than play the scene.

The Word

Taylor Swift battles paparazzi daily at Tribeca penthouse

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.

NBA

Jason Collins named to Time's 100 Most Influential…

Jason Collins was named to the list after coming out as the first openly gay player to appear in an NBA game.

MLB

The return of Cole Hamels brings optimism

Cole Hamels’ quality start Wednesday was a nice change of pace from his recent season debuts.

MLB

Tony Gwynn Jr. a nice surprise for Phillies

Tony Gwynn Jr. has been a plus in every way for the Phillies.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

Food

Hai Street Kitchen opening in Rittenhouse May 22

Japanese cuisine will get a Chipotle-style twist at Hai Street Kitchen & Co., a new casual, quick-food restaurant opening near Rittenhouse Square on May 22.…

Parenting

New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.

Tech

From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.

Style

Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.