White Sox - 210 301 000 - 7 11 1 Red Sox - 200 000 030 - 5 9 0Chicago led 3-2 and had runners at second and third with two outs in the fourth. Jon Lester had fallen behind Kevin Youkilis 3-0 and it looked like he was willing to pitch around him and take his chances with Adam Dunn.
But then Lester got two called strikes to run the count full. His sixth pitch of the at-bat was up a bit but right over the heart of the plate - and Youkilis drilled it over the Wall, increasing the White Sox's lead to 6-2.
Lester lasted only four innings (4-7-6-3-4, 91) in yet another disappointing outing. Junichi Tazawa pitched four innings of relief (4-4-1-0-4, 50) and Franklin Morales, bumped from the rotation, pitched the ninth.
For the second straight night, Boston rallied in the eighth. Carl Crawford singled, went to second on a groundout and stole third. He scored on Will Middlebrooks's single. Then pinch-hitter Kelly Shoppach went deep for two more runs. But the Red Sox went in order in the ninth.
Crawford had the kind of game the Red Sox envisioned when they signed him: 3-for-4, three stolen bases, two runs scored, and an RBI.
Philip Humber / Jon Lester
Ellsbury, CFUPDATE: Globe:
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz does not have a tear or rupture in his Achilles' tendon and will take a few days off, but will not be placed on the disabled list ...
"This (expletive) team is cursed," Ortiz said humorlessly as he limped toward the showers ...
This list may not be complete (and does not include players who missed games without going on the DL (e.g., Adrian Gonzalez, Will Middlebrooks, and now Ortiz)):
Start of Season
Carl Crawford, 15-Day disabled list, left wrist surgery.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, 15-Day disabled list, Tommy John surgery.
Rich Hill, 15-Day disabled list, Tommy John surgery.
Andrew Miller, 15-Day disabled list, left hamstring strain.
Andrew Bailey, 60-Day disabled list, right thumb surgery.
John Lackey, 60-Day disabled list, Tommy John surgery.
Bobby Jenks, 60-Day disabled list, back surgery.
Chris Carpenter, 60-Day disabled list, right elbow surgery.
April 14 - Jacoby Ellsbury, 15-Day disabled list, subluxation of right shoulder.
April 23 - Jason Repko, 15-Day disabled list, slight left shoulder separation.
May 2 - Kevin Youkilis, 15-Day disabled list, lower back strain.
May 6 - Aaron Cook, 15-Day disabled list, left knee laceration.
May 13 - Darnell McDonald, 15-Day disabled list, right oblique strain.
May 22 - Ryan Sweeney, 7-Day disabled list, concussion.
May 22 - Cody Ross, 15-Day disabled list, fracture of navicular bone in left foot.
June 10 - Rich Hill, 15-Day disabled list, feft forearm soreness.
June 16 - Josh Beckett, 15-Day disabled list, right shoulder inflammation.
June 17 - Ryan Sweeney, 15-Day disabled list, toe injury.
June 24 - Clay Buchholz, 15-Day disabled list, gastro-intestinal problem.
July 3 - Daisuke Matsuzaka, 15-Day disabled list, right upper trapezius strain.
July 6 - Dustin Pedroia, 15-Day disabled list, sprained right thumb.
July 15 - Scott Atchison, 15-Day disabled list, right forearm tightness.
Through it all, the Red Sox are 1 GB in the wild card standings, with 72 games remaining.