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Final: Red Sox 5, White Sox 3

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 31, 2011 02:07 PM

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Game over: Red Sox 5, White Sox 3

Nice weekend in Chicago for the Red Sox. They take two of three games from the White Sox and return home with a new starting pitcher (Erik Bedard) and a new utility infiielder (Mike Aviles).

The Sox are now 66-40 and have won eight of 11. Aceves (7-1) was the winner with Papelbon notching his 24th save. He struck out the side.

The Sox are 33-21 on the road. They start a four-game series with the Indians tomorrow before the Yankees come to town on Friday.

Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 5, White Sox 3

Gonzalez had an RBI double to add to the lead. Papelbon in now.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 4, White Sox 3

The Sox went down in order. Bard got two groundouts to start the botton of the eighth inning. Alexei Ramirez then hit a soft line drive to right field. Josh Reddick tried to make a diving catch and the ball deflected away, allowing Ramirez to take second.

Bard finished the inning by getting Juan Pierre on a grounder to third base. Bard has not allowed a run in 26.1 innings dating back to May 23. What a run he is on.

Top of the 8th: Red Sox 4, White Sox 3

Aceves got two outs before walking Flowers. Bard came in and struck out Beckham. Six out to get now. Meanwhile, the Red Sox have obtained Erik Bedard. See details below.

Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 4, White Sox 3

The Sox struck against reliever Jesse Crain. Scutaro singled with one out, Ellsbury followed with a single before a passed ball moved them up. Pedroia then cracked a two-run single to center.

Top of the 7th: White Sox 3, Red Sox 2

Miller allowed a two-out single to Pierre. Aceves came in and got the final out. The line on Miller: 5.2 IP 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HB. Not bad. As usual, good and bad parts.

Middle of the 6th: White Sox 3, Red Sox 2

Ortiz singled with one out. Crawford grounded into a force then McDonald flied to right. The trade deadline has passed and no news of any Red Sox moves.

Top of the 6th: White Sox 3, Red Sox 2

Miller got the first two outs. He nearly had a 1-2-3 inning as Beckham grounded to short. But a stunned Marco Scutaro bobbled the ball for an error. Morel then grounded to third.

Middle of the 5th: White Sox 3, Red Sox 2

Buehrle got Ellsbury and Pedroia on grounders back to the mound and Gonzalez on a pop to left.

Top of the 5th: White Sox 3, Red Sox 2

Miller allowed singles by Beckham and Morel before Lillibridge bunted them over. Ramirez then delivered an RBI single. Miller hit Konerko to load the bases but then struck out Quentin and got Dunn on a soft liner to first.

Miller's line: 4 IP, 9 H, 3 R 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. He's a trick-or-treater.

Konerko had to leave the game.

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 2, White Sox 2

Crawford and McDonald drew one-out walks but Varitek flied to center and Scutaro grounded into a force.

Top of the 4th: Red Sox 2, White 2

Milelr got two outs. Then he allowed three straight singles to score a run. He has put seven men on base in three innings.

Miller is making his 7th start. He has one (1) 1-2-3 innings. One. How is that possible?

Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1

Pedroia bunted for a single. Gonzalez then grounded into a double play before Youkilis grounded to shortstop.

Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 2, White Sox 1

It's never easy with Andrew Miller. Flowers singled with one out and scored on a two-out double by Morel. Then Lillibridge fanned to end the inning. Miller has thrown 36 pitches so far. Betcha Alfredo Aceves has his spikes on.

Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 2, White Sox 0

McDonald walked with two outs. Varitek then launched a fastball over the fence in left center for his seventh homer.

Tek now has 507 extra-base hits as a member of the Red Sox, tying Nomar for ninth place in team history. Of course he had a few more at-bats. But still.

Meanwhile, SaltyTek is hitting .253 with 16 homers and 54 RBIs.

Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, White Sox 0

Miller got two quick outs. Then, because that's what he does, he walked Konerko and allowed a single by Quentin. But he came back to strike out Dunn.

Dunn signed a four-year, $56 million deal with Chicago in the winter. He's hitting .164 with 10 homers.

Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, White Sox 0

Gonzalez doubled with two outs. He has a 10-game hitting streak during which he is 22 of 39 (.564). Youkilis popped to short to end the inning.

It was 94 degrees at first pitch. The White Sox unveiled a statue of Frank Thomas today. As Terry Francona noted, the Big Hurt had some "silly numbers" during his career.

Pre-game: Good afternoon, everybody. It's a beautiful day in Chicago as the Red Sox get ready to face the White Sox.

It'll be Andrew Miller against Mark Buehrle. Hang out here for updates. Nick Cafardo will have a trade deadline blog, too.

As always, we welcome your comments.

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