The American League East-leading Red Sox relievers held off the White Sox late surge after scoring four runs in as many innings against Sox left-hander Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.43 ERA) to snap the White Sox six-game road winning streak.
Santiago gave up a single and a walk before hitting Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes in the knee to load the bases with two outs in the third inning. Santiago then walked Red Sox catcher Mike Napoli for a 1-0 Red Sox lead.
The Red Sox added three more runs in the fourth inning to end Santiago’s outing. Will Middlebrooks walked and stole second before scoring on Shane Victornio’s RBI single. After a Dustin Pedroia double, David Ortiz hit a single to right field to extend the Red Sox lead to 4-0.
Right-hander reliever Jake Petricka took the mound for Santiago after he gave up five hits, four earned runs, and walked five in three and two-third innings.
In the fifth inning, the White sox had three hits off Red sox right-hander Ryan Dempster (7-9, 4.75 ERA) including Dayan Viciedo’s RBI single to cut the Red Sox lead to 4-1.
Avisail Garcia hit a solo home run to right-center field in the seventh inning to take Dempster off the mound. Alejandro De Aza then hit a RBI triple off reliever Junichi Tazawa to narrow the Red Sox lead to 4-3.
Dempster made his first appearance since serving a five-game suspension for throwing at Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez on Aug. 18 and went six and one-third innings, gave up five hits and three runs, struck out five and walked three.
After Friday night’s game, the White Sox are 10-3 since Aug. 16 and have won five straight series. On their 10-game road trip, they will play two more games against the Red Sox (80-56), three against the New York Yankees (70-63) and four against the Baltimore Orioles (71-61).
Sox left-hander John Danks (4-10, 4.15 ERA) and Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy (2-1, 3.31 ERA) are the projected starters for game two in the three-game series in Boston on Saturday night at 6:10 p.m. CT (WGN, WSCR 670).