White Sox Beat Red Sox 8-3
BOSTON — A red and purple bruise colored the side of Conor Gilllaspie’s right knee Tuesday afternoon, the result of the pitch that hit his leg and sidelined him Sunday and Monday.
The White Sox third baseman said from the visitors’ clubhouse at Fenway Park that the knee still was a little sore but not enough to keep him from the game that night against the Red Sox.
Clearly, the soreness didn’t affect his hitting.
In his first three at-bats, Gillaspie singled, doubled and homered to help the White Sox to an 8-3 victory over the Red Sox, their third straight triumph.
The White Sox have won five of their last six games and eight of their last 11.
“The last couple of weeks, I wouldn’t call it a terrible scuffle, but I’ve been scuffling a little bit,” Gillaspie said. “A couple of days I just panicked a little bit. Truthfully, maybe getting hit and getting treatment for a day helped me.”
Gillaspie, who said he was lucky the ball didn’t hit his knee a couple of inches in, leads the White Sox with a .317 batting average. But his two-run, go-ahead homer in the sixth inning off Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman was just his second this season.
“Truthfully, I would rather just get on base and take my chances with guys (with consistent power),” Gillaspie said. “Just quality at-bats … that’s pretty much all I’m trying to do every time up there.”
White Sox left-hander John Danks earned the victory, throwing 52/3 innings and allowing three runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out four. Former closer Ronald Belisario threw 21/3 scoreless innings before Eric Surkamp finished it up.
The Red Sox scored all three of their runs in the fifth inning against Danks. Brock Holt started with a triple before Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli each had RBI doubles to cut the White Sox lead to 3-2. Xander Bogaerts added an RBI single to tie the game, but Danks struck out two to end the inning.
“Maybe I was trying to do too much and wasn’t very sharp,” Danks said. “Obviously the walks are no good, but I was glad to get us where I did, and Belisario picked me and the bullpen up.”
The White Sox scored two unearned runs in the second. Adam Dunn walked and Alexei Ramirez and Gillaspie singled to load the bases with no outs. Dayan Viciedo then reached base on Napoli’s fielding error, allowing a run to score. A second run scored when Alejandro De Aza grounded into a double play.
Gillaspie doubled to left field in the fourth. He advanced on a groundout and scored on De Aza’s RBI single.
De Aza added an RBI triple in the ninth inning, and Gordon Beckham drove him in with a double. Paul Konerko added a pinch-hit, ground-rule double for another RBI.