Red Sox offense, bullpen rally after rough start in win over White Sox
On a day where Red Sox starter Felix Doubront didn’t have it, the offense, as well as the bullpen, picked up the slack in their 7-6 win over the White Sox at Fenway Park. The Red Sox swept the weekend series and have now won four series in a row.
The Red Sox grabbed a quick 5-0 lead after the third, but the White Sox rallied, scoring four runs in the fourth to make it a one-run game. The one-run lead was short lived as the Red Sox offense responded with two runs in the fifth, and were able to hold on for the one-run win. David Ortiz continued his hot streak since snapping his 0-for-23 skid as the designated hitter went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Stephen Drew smacked his 11th home run of the year. Dustin Pedroia added two hits in the win.
“Today when Felix [Doubront] ran into a long fourth inning the bullpen picked him, and us, up and we were able to piece this game together, but I think in the end we take each game individually and respond as the given game calls for it,” manager John Farrell said.
Starter Felix Doubront had arguably his worst outing of the season, only going 3 2/3 innings and allowing four runs on four hits while throwing 90 pitches. He needed just 29 to get through the first two innings, but then needed 61 to get the next five outs and his exit from the game. Brandon Workman relieved Doubront and surrendered a run over 1 1/3 innings, before Franklin Morales pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings between the sixth and seventh. Junichi Tazawa pitched the remainder of the seventh before Craig Breslow allowed a home run in the eighth, making it a 7-6 game. Koji Uehara pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 15th save of the season. As a whole the bullpen allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings, which was a big reason for the win.
The Red Sox will host Detroit in a possible playoff preview for three games beginning tomorrow afternoon (1:35, NESN) where John Lackey will be opposed by Doug Fister.
What they’ll be saying: Doubront’s rough outing snapped a streak of Red Sox pitching allowing three runs or fewer in their last 11 games, which was the longest such streak since 1988. The bullpen has been pitching well of late, as going into today they hadn’t allowed a run in their last 11 2/3 innings, and even the one run today was a very impressive performance … Ortiz seems to have gotten his timing back as he is now 5-for-8 with six RBI since snapping his 0-for-23 slump in Friday … Jacoby Ellsbury left the game in the ninth inning with what Farrell deemed as a thumb injury, but was hopeful he’d play Monday. Shane Victorino left the game with a left hip contusion, but Farrell was “fully expecting” him to be in the lineup Monday.