Generally speaking, it's a good sign when seven of your nine starting batters finish the game with multiple hits. That's just the kind of night it was for the Red Sox as they beat up on John Danks and the White Sox, finishing August off on a positive note with a 7-2 win.
While the second half of the game would be devoid of tension for the Red Sox, the first few innings were a bit touch-and-go. They would plate a run right away in the first, thanks to a leadoff infield single from Jacoby Ellsbury, Paul Konerko "error" on what was a very hard hit ball from David Ortiz, and line drive single to left from Mike Napoli. But Danks worked around trouble in the second after giving up a double to David Ross and walking Future Red Sox Legend Xander BogaertsTM giving the White Sox a chance to even things up.
To do that, they had to get to their old teammate in Jake Peavy, and with Peavy looking dominant in the first two frames, that seemed like no easy task. But as good as he had been in the first two, Peavy ended up shaky in the third and fourth, allowing a leadoff single to come around to score in each frame. The Red Sox had gotten him a second run when Mike Napoli and Jonny Gomes put together back-to-back doubles in the bottom half of the third, but at least through the first few innings, Peavy was letting Chicago hang around.
All that stopped starting in the bottom of the fourth, with the spark coming from the bottom of Boston's lineup. David Ross managed an unconventional base hit to lead off the inning, dropping a bunt towards third, catching the defense completely off guard. Future Red Sox Legend Xander BogaertsTM singled ehind him to put two men on, and Jacoby Ellsbury launched a long fly ball to right field that touched down on the warning track, bouncing up into the stands to bring Ross home to score. Shane Victorino would end up making the first out of the inning on a hard hit ball to third that didn't advance the runners, but Dustin Pedroia's soft ground ball left Gordon Beckham with only one play at first, letting one come in the back door, and David Ortiz smacked a single into left field to make it a 5-2 lead for Boston.
Now with a three-run lead to work with, Jake Peavy reverted to his early-inning form, retiring the next eight White Sox who stepped to the plate while Future Red Sox Legend Xander BogaertsTM brought home Jonny Gomes with another hit to make it 6-2. A wild pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth made it 7-2, and all that was left from there was some mop-up work from the bullpen in the eighth and ninth.
David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes are both heating up, Mike Napoli has been rolling in August, and the Red Sox have four straight series wins. September comes with some obvious baggage, but the team has done all it can to enter into the final month of the regular season headed in the right direction.
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