Ortiz hits 2 homers as Schilling, Red Sox complete sweep of White Sox
CHICAGO (AP)—David Ortiz was ready to go home, so he went into his hurry-up offense.
Big Papi homered in the fourth and fifth innings, both times on the first pitches he saw, as the Boston Red Sox routed the Chicago White Sox 10-1 Friday night to take both ends of a split doubleheader.
“I just wanted to get it over with. We’ve been here too long today. I was swinging first pitch every time. That’s why,” said Ortiz, who went 4-for-5.
“It feels like we’ve been here two days straight up.”
The Red Sox’s bats kept rolling in the nightcap and made it easy for Curt Schilling.
Schilling (8-5) allowed just three hits and a run in six innings, giving up a solo homer to Juan Uribe in the second as Boston upped its major league-best record to 78-51. The Red Sox are 4-1 on their current road trip that includes two more games with the White Sox and then three at Yankee Stadium.
“I feel like we’re starting to make a little bit of a push here. We’re starting to play all facets of the game,” Schilling said. “Everybody is doing their thing and it’s a good atmosphere here.”
The mood certainly isn’t the same with the White Sox.
Chicago has lost 11 of 13 and fell 16 games under .500 for the first time since 1999. The White Sox gave up 21 runs and 28 hits in the two games.
“Twelve hours of my life I wasted and I’m not going to get it back,” said Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen. “A tough day for everyone. Pitching, hitting, defense. You just name it. I think that’s one of the reasons they’re in first place and we’re in last place.”
Boston drove out struggling rookie John Danks (6-12) in a five-run fourth that featured Ortiz’s two-run homer, RBI doubles from Mike Lowell and Coco Crisp, an RBI single by Kevin Cash and two walks. Danks is 0-6 in his last seven starts and winless the last five weeks.
“They don’t have the best record for nothing,” Danks said.
Ortiz hit his 23rd homer to lead off the fifth against Gavin Floyd, and Youklis added a three-run homer following back-to-back walks.
In the first game, Beckett got out of a big jam in the first by allowing just one run after he’d walked three batters.
“Three walks. I definitely wasn’t too excited about that, but to get out of that inning with only one run was a big deal. I was lucky,” Beckett said. “The guys picked me up and scored runs.”
Beckett (16-5) allowed seven hits and three runs over 5 2-3 innings and had plenty of support from his teammates and the crowd.
The announced attendance was 30,581 but there were only about a third of that number in the stands for the makeup of Thursday night’s rainout. They included many noisy Boston fans, some chanting “Let’s Go Red Sox.”
Being a first-place team and playing in front of thousands of empty seats was strange enough.
“That was weird, wasn’t it? I think everyone felt it. We tried to create our own energy because there wasn’t much here,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.
Also strange was Beckett’s first inning. He’d walked only five batters total in his previous five outings. And he hadn’t walked more than two batters in 13 straight starts, but all of a sudden he couldn’t find the plate.
“I just wasn’t throwing strikes,” said Beckett, now 9-1 in 10 starts this season away from Fenway Park.
Crisp started Boston’s big fourth with a single. Ramirez singled one out later and Lowell followed with an RBI single. J.D. Drew reached on second baseman Danny Richar’s error to load the bases and Varitek then hit a two-run single off the left-field fence. Eric Hinske had another run-scoring hit for a 5-1 lead.
Jon Garland (8-10), coming off a performance against Seattle in which he gave up 10 hits and 10 runs in 2 2-3 innings, lost his third straight start, and the 18-game winner in 2005 and 2006 hasn’t won since July 27. Garland allowed nine hits and six runs in seven-plus innings.
He was also aware of the many Red Sox fans at U.S. Cellular Field. They were easy to hear with so many empty seats.
“I felt like I was on the road today. That was a little embarrassing, but what do you do?” Garland said. “People got to go to work and they (Red Sox fans) are here to see their team.”
Boston added two in the eighth as pinch-hitters Bobby Kielty and Youkilis delivered with the bases loaded. Kielty had a sacrifice fly and Youkilis an RBI single that made it 7-3.
It was Ortiz’s third multihomer game this season and 29th of his career, 27 with the Red Sox. The four hits tied a career high … White Sox DH Jim Thome was a late scratch from the opener with a stiff back and didn’t play in the second game.