The Boston Red Sox completed the sweep against the White Sox with a 7-6 victory. The sweep is the first for the White Sox since the beginning of last month, Aug. 2-4.
Rienzo allowed five hits and five earned runs, struck out three and walked four in just three innings. Rienzo was replaced by left-hander Charlie Lessman who was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday, and went 4 1/3 innings, allowed three hits and one earned runs and walked four.
Ventura was ejected for the third time this season for arguing Conor Gillaspie‘s play at third base that allowed a Red Sox run in the fourth inning.
The ball fell out from Gillaspie’s glove as he went to tag out Ellsbury at third. Gillaspie then overthrew Keppinger at first base to allow Ellsbury to score. Ortiz’s RBI single scored Pedroia to give extend the Red Sox lead to 7-4.
Back-to-back singles by Ramirez and Konerko in the fifth cut the Red Sox lead to 7-5. Tyler Flowers hit a towering solo home run over the Green Monster in left field in the eighth inning to make it a one-run game.
Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run single off White Sox right-hander Andrew Rienzo with two outs in the second inning. Rienzo walked the next two batters to load the bases before designated hitter David Ortiz hit a two-run double to give the Red Sox a 4-0 lead.
Stephen Drew hit a solo home run to center field in the third inning to extend the Red Sox lead to 5-0.
The White Sox had a four-run fourth inning started by Jeff Keppinger’s sacrifice fly to center field with the bases loaded.
Dayan Viciedo hit an RBI double and Gillaspie an RBI single to center field to cut the Red Sox lead to 5-4 and push Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront off the mound.
Doubront went 3 2/3 innings, gave up seven hits and four earned runs, struck out four and walked one.
The White Sox continue their 10-game road trip on Monday afternoon against the New York Yankees.
Sox left-hander Jose Quintana (7-4,3.66 ERA) and Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes (4-13, 4.91 ERA) are the projected starters for the three-game series opener in New York on Monday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. CT (CSN, MLBN/WSCR 670).