Dunn, White Sox get to Lester early in 6-4 win
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com May 20, 2013 10:11PM
Chicago White Sox's Adam Dunn watches his three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Chicago, Monday, May 20, 2013.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Updated: May 20, 2013 10:20PM
Adam Dunn greeted Red Sox starter Jon Lester with a three-run homer in the first Monday, helping to power the White Sox to a 6-4 victory at U.S. Cellular Field and ending Lester’s undefeated streak.
The Sox jumped on Lester in the first after two were out when Alex Rios singled--extending his career best hitting streak to 15 games--before Paul Konerko walked. Dunn’s 11th homer followed, giving him five in the last seven games.
The Sox added two runs in the second with two-out doubles from Tyler Greene, Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez.
The Sox scored an unearned run in the fifth after Ramirez reached on an error by third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Ramirez later scored on another two-out hit, this time a single by Dayan Viciedo.
Lester (6-1) hadn’t fared well against the White Sox in the past with a 5.20 ERA in nine prior career starts, his highest against any American League team.
Sox starter Dylan Axelrod (2-3) yielded two runs over six innings, the runs coming on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s two-run homer in the third.
Matt Thornton gave up two more in the seventh, both coming after walks to David Ortiz and Mike Napoli. Both scored on Middlebrooks’ double.
Addison Reed gave up a single to Napoli leading the ninth and a fly ball out to deep center field to Middlebrooks. But the Red Sox didn’t score, and Reed earned his 15th save.
The victory helped the Sox improve to 20-23 and 5-2 in their last seven games. The game began a stretch in which the Sox will play 17 of 23 games in Chicago, including two games at Wrigley Field against the Cubs on May 29 and 30.