Red Sox - 000 040 015 - 10 15 0 White Sox - 000 000 110 - 2 5 1Jon Lester allowed only five base runners in eight innings (8-4-2-1-8, 98) and the Red Sox batted around in both the fifth and ninth innings.
Phil Humber retired the first eight Boston batters (and 12 of 14), but he encountered some rough water in the fifth. Crawford singled, stole second, went to third when A.J. Pierzynski's throw bounced into center field, and scored on Saltalamacchia's double. Reddick singled and Scutaro's sac fly made it 2-0. Ellsbury singled and promptly stole second. Pedroia's sac fly to right brought in Reddick and after Gonzalez was intentionally walked, Youkilis singled home Ellsbury.
With two outs in the eighth, Reddick walked and Scutaro singled to right-center. When CF Alex Rios took his time getting the ball back to the infield, Reddick tore around third and scored. Rios -- who had been pulled in mid-game about a month ago for lack of hustle -- was loudly booed, both after the play and again when he led off the bottom of the eighth.
Facing the bearded Brian Bruney in the ninth, Pedroia singled, Gonzalez homered (7-2), Youkilis homered (8-2), Ortiz popped to CF, Crawford singled, Saltalamacchia doubled (9-2), Reddick fouled to third, and Scutaro singled (10-2).
Six Boston players had at least 2 hits, with Gonzalez reaching base four times. ... Scutaro drove in three runs. ... The 6-9 spots in the order reached base 10 times in 20 plate appearances, stole two bases, scored six runs, and had five RBI.
The Yankees swept a day-night doubleheader from the Orioles: 8-3 and 17-3. In the nightcap, New York scored 12 runs in the first inning, batting for 40 minutes and seeing 70 pitches! They are 2 GB the Red Sox in the East.
Jon Lester / Philip Humber
Humber started against the Red Sox on May 31, allowing only one run through seven innings, before giving up three runs in the eighth (two of which scored on a home run given up by a reliever).
AL East (Red Sox 2.5 GA): Orioles/Yankees at 1 PM and 7 PM.