Red Sox 4, White Sox 3
BOSTON (AP)—Five-week-old D’Angelo Ortiz ought to keep his daddy up late more often.
“He’s a vampire. He doesn’t sleep at night,” Ortiz said. “I guess I was lucky today. He kept me up ‘til 4:30.”
Chicago’s Jon Garland also did well on short rest. He started on three days’ rest for the second time in his career and left after six innings with the score 3-3.
“I knew I could do it,” said Garland, who allowed three runs and seven hits. “There were a lot of people that were doubting me.”
Ortiz put Boston ahead against Jon Adkins (2-3) and tied teammate Manny Ramirez for the AL lead with 30 homers. Ramirez and Ortiz hit back-to-back homers for the third time this season in Boston’s three-run fourth.
“If we’re going to get to where we want, they’re going to have to be big parts of it,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.
Curt Schilling (14-6) gave up consecutive first-inning homers to Timo Perez and Carlos Lee but improved to 8-1 at Fenway Park, allowing three runs and five hits in eight innings. Keith Foulke finished with a hitless ninth for his 19th save in 24 chances.
Schilling had been 0-1 in three home starts since beating Philadelphia on June 27.
“I gave up two homers on fastballs that I missed horribly with,” he said. “But I can’t abandon my fastball. That’s my bread and butter.”
After Carl Everett’s first-inning double, Schilling didn’t allow a hit until Lee’s leadoff single in the sixth. Lee took third on Everett’s double and tied the game 3-3 on Jose Valentin’s sacrifice fly
Then Ortiz, who hit a long fly out to the 420-foot sign in center field in the second, capitalized.
“What they want him to do is pitch around me,” Ortiz said. “I was aggressive. He made a mistake. He put it in the middle of the plate.”
Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen didn’t second guess his decision to stick with Adkins after his pitcher started the eighth by striking out Ramirez.
“Adkins has been throwing the ball real well,” Guillen said. “He just made one bad pitch.”
Boston improved to 8-16 in one-run games, the worst record in the AL. Five of its previous six losses were by one run, including 8-7 against the White Sox on Friday night.
Ramirez tied Norm Cash for 53rd on the home run list at 377. … Chicago 3B Joe Crede left after being hit by a pitch in the second and was replaced by Juan Uribe. Crede sustained a bruised left hand, and X-rays were negative. … Plate umpire Chris Guccione warned Garland and both benches after Garland’s 1-0 pitch went behind Orlando Cabrera following the consecutive homers.