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McDonald Sparks Red Sox 10-3 Win Vs. White Sox

John Danks. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

John Danks. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Darnell McDonald hit a tiebreaking three-run double and homered to help the Boston Red Sox rally to beat the Chicago White Sox 10-3 on Friday night.

David Ortiz hit a two-run shot for the Red Sox, who are 5-0 since blowing a 9-0 lead against the New York Yankees Saturday for their fifth straight loss.

After Paul Konerko’s home run in the fifth gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead, the Red Sox responded with a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by McDonald’s bases-clearing double.

Boston starter Daniel Bard (2-2) took advantage of the run support and threw seven strong innings. He allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced. He struck out six and walked one. Before Friday, Bard was only backed by two total runs in 12 1-3 innings.

White Sox starter John Danks (2-3) struggled in his fifth start of the season. He allowed seven runs on six hits in 5 2-3 innings. Chicago has lost four straight.

Danks was unable to hold a lead for Chicago in the sixth inning.

He issued back-to-back walks to Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis. Ortiz then loaded the bases with a single and Cody Ross followed with an RBI single to tie the game. With two outs and the bases still loaded, McDonald lined a double down the left-field line. Marlon Byrd ended Danks’ night with an RBI single to put the Red Sox ahead 7-3.

The game was played in cold and windy conditions. The temperature at first pitch was 39 degrees, but it didn’t slow the Red Sox hitters. They have hit 12 homers and scored 53 runs over the last six games.

Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Youkilis drew a leadoff walk then Ortiz followed with a two-run shot to right. It was Ortiz’s fourth of the season and his 382nd of his career. He is tied with former Red Sox great Jim Rice and Frank Howard for 59th on the career list.

Alejandro De Aza led off the first inning with a double down the left-field line. Two outs later, A.J. Pierzynski doubled off the left-field wall to score De Aza.

In the third inning, Alexei Ramirez reached on Youkilis’ throwing error and advanced to second on Konerko’s bloop single. With two outs, Ramirez came across to score on a passed ball by catcher Kelly Shoppach.

Ross and Shoppach had back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh inning to extend the Boston lead to 9-3.

McDonald homered in the ninth.

NOTES: Before the game, a moment of silence was observed for Moose Skowron. Skowron, a five-time World Series champion, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill. He was 81. Skowron helped the New York Yankees win four titles in the 1950s and 1960s. Skowron grew up on Chicago’s North Side and he played three seasons (1964-67) with the White Sox. … White Sox placed reliever Jesse Crain on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique and recalled right-hander Dylan Axelrod from Triple-A Charlotte. … The Red Sox activated left-hander Rich Hill from the 15-day disabled list and optioned reliever Justin Thompson to Triple-A Pawtucket. Hill underwent Tommy John surgery last season.

 

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