White Sox - 041 104 000 - 10 15 0 Red Sox - 001 000 042 - 7 12 1Chicago pounded Aceves (5-8-8-3-1, 78) for five hits, two walks, and five runs in a two-inning span of 11 batters, and Scott Atchison allowed two inherited runners to score in the sixth and then gave up two runs of his own, as the White Sox put the game out of reach.
After being silenced for most of the night by Humber (7.2-9-4-1-5, 97), Boston mounted a valiant effort in the final two innings. David Ortiz's three-run homer to left was the big blow in the eighth, and Drew Sutton contributed RBI hits in both the eighth and ninth. Jason Varitek homered in the third and finished the night with three hits and two runs scored.
Philip Humber / Alfredo Aceves
Mr. Potato Head makes his third start for the Red Sox. In the previous two, against the Cubs and Tigers, he has pitched 11 innings, allowing eight hits, four walks, 3 HBP, but only two runs. Aceves would prefer to start, but what's most important to him is the chance to play for a World Series winner. "I'm a pitcher - that's what I do. It doesn't matter if I'm a reliever or a starter."
In nine starts this year, Humber has a 2.64 ERA. He has pitched at least seven innings in five of his last six outings, allowing more than two runs only once in that period. Tonight's previously scheduled starter, Gavin Floyd, was used in Chicago's extra-inning loss on Saturday, so Ozzie Guillen decided to push Floyd back one day to tomorrow, and move Humber up.
AL East: Rangers/Rays at 6:30 PM and Yankees/Athletics at 10 PM.