(AP) — The Chicago White Sox started their three-game series at Fenway Park coming off of a stretch that saw them lose four of five games. But they have the chance to leave Fenway Park with a three-game sweep of the Red Sox.
Gavin Floyd is hoping for a similar effect when he faces the Boston Red Sox.
Floyd will try to continue his dominance of the Red Sox and lead the White Sox to a three-game sweep and their seventh straight road win in the series Wednesday afternoon.
Chicago (26-31) came into Boston having lost three straight on their 10-game trip and with manager Ozzie Guillen trying to clarify some controversial comments he made before a 13-4 drubbing in Toronto on Sunday.
The White Sox have put all of that behind them by putting 17 runs on the board in consecutive wins over the Red Sox (30-25). Chicago jumped out to a 10-1 lead Tuesday, then held on for a 10-7 win behind Alexei Ramirez’s career high-tying four hits and three RBIs.
The White Sox, who have taken 12 of their last 14 overall meetings with Boston, now have a chance to match their seven-game run at Fenway from July 12, 1958-May 14, 1959.
Floyd (5-5, 3.69 ERA) has dropped three straight on the road, though he pitched well enough to win last Wednesday, limiting Texas to two runs – one earned – over seven innings but getting saddled with a 2-1 loss.
“Our offense is good enough to put up a lot of runs,” Floyd said. “I just want to keep the team in the game.”
Floyd was originally scheduled to pitch Tuesday but was pushed back a day after taking the loss in relief during a 14-inning game Saturday in Toronto.
The right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.81 ERA in five career starts against Boston, and has a 1.69 ERA in his last four. He gave up one run and five hits over six innings of a 3-1 win at Fenway last Sept. 4.
He will be opposed by Tim Wakefield (2-1, 4.14), who is seeking his third victory in as many outings. The 44-year-old knuckleballer, who gave up two runs over a season-high seven innings of Friday’s 6-3 win in Detroit, will now try to keep his team from its first four-game skid since opening the season 0-6.
“You know, I’m just doing what I can to help us win games,” Wakefield told the Red Sox’s official website. “I was asked to fill a role here, and I’m trying to do the best that I can.”
Wakefield, who is five wins shy of 200 for his career, is 3-8 with a 4.84 ERA in his last 12 starts against the White Sox with the most recent Sept. 5, 2009.
David Ortiz is one Boston player enjoying this series. He’s 4 for 7 through the first two games, including a three-run homer during Tuesday’s failed comeback attempt. The Red Sox designated hitter batted .342 with 10 homers in May.
He is 5 for 17 with two home runs lifetime against Floyd.
Ramirez, hitting .368 with 16 RBIs in his last 13 games, is 1 for 9 versus Wakefield.
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