Red Sox - 000 000 100 - 1 3 0 White Sox - 300 000 01x - 4 8 0Gavin Floyd (6.2-3-1-1-9, 111) retired the first 14 Boston batters and did not allow a hit until Dustin Pedroia singled with one out in the seventh.
Beckett (6.2-6-3-3-8, 126) allowed singles to Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios and a home run to Adam Dunn to put the Red Sox in a quick 3-0 hole.
All three of Boston's hits came in the seventh. With two outs, David Ortiz doubled Pedroia to third and Cody Ross singled him in. The only other baserunners were Ross, who walked in the fifth, and Mike Aviles, who walked in the eighth.
Odd managing decision by Bobby Valentine: He let Nick Punto bat with two outs and runners at first and third (the potential tying runs) in the seventh, then used three pinch-hitters in the following inning.
The 126 pitches tied a career high for Beckett (first done in 2004 for the Marlins). Peter Abraham tweeted that Jon Lester (122) and Beckett (126) are first the Red Sox pitchers to go over 122 pitches in consecutive games since Pedro Martinez (127) and Tim Wakefield (124) did it in a July 21, 1998 doubleheader at Cleveland.
The Red Sox finished the road trip 6-1 - which did not seem remotely possible after last Saturday's debacle against the Yankees. (The Red Sox have had only one undefeated road trip of at least seven games in their entire history, a 9-0 trip from July 29 to August 7, 1977.) They are back at Fenway tomorrow night for a brief homestand against Oakland and the first-place Orioles.
A win this afternoon would give the Red Sox a perfect 7-0 road trip. Boston has not won seven consecutive road games since June 12, 20-26, 2005.
After the game, they head home to face the A's and Orioles.
W L GB RS RA DIFF Orioles 13 8 --- 90 80 + 10 Rays 13 8 --- 98 94 + 4 Yankees 11 9 1.5 112 99 + 13 Blue Jays 11 10 2.0 97 90 + 7 Red Sox 10 10 2.5 115 114 + 1