Chicago White Sox
built up such a big lead that the
Boston Red Sox
as a pitcher for the first time in his pro career.
He did a lot better than rookie starter
drove in three runs and the
scored four times in both the second and third innings, beating the
9-5 on Thursday night to avoid a four-game sweep.
''That's a pretty big win,'' Chicago manager
said, ''just for the momentum, to get this fire up, get this energy back, get the hope.''
battered Tazawa for all nine runs in four innings, five days after he pitched six scoreless innings in a 14-1 win over the
New York Yankees
. Green finished up, pitching two hitless innings while allowing three walks.
told Green in the third that he might pitch.
''I didn't really want to do it, but because of the situation today I had to do it,'' Green said. ''When he told me Manny
(Delcarmen) was going to work two, Ramon (Ramirez) one, I said, 'I'm going in in the eighth inning? Who's going to pitch the
That was the 30-year-old Green, who turned pro in 2004 and last pitched in junior college.
(12-8) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings to improve to 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA in his last four starts and 5-1 in his
last eight outings on the road.
''It helps us relax a little bit,'' Danks said. ''We have plenty of time but, at the same time, we can't be digging ourselves
Chicago broke a four-game losing streak, snapped a tie for second place in the AL Central with Minnesota and moved four games
behind Detroit. The Twins and Tigers were idle Thursday. The
are 64-64 after dropping under .500 for the first time since June 28.
J.D. Drew hit two solo homers and
added one as the
hit more than one homer for the 11th time in 13 games and have 48 in August.
Boston remained six games behind the
New York Yankees
in the AL East and dropped to 1 1/2 games ahead of Texas in the wild-card race.
Tazawa (2-3) pitched a perfect first inning before loading the bases with no outs when he allowed singles by
hit a sacrifice fly, Nix followed with a two-run double and
had an RBI single.
''Their guy was on the ropes and we were ready to attack,'' Nix said.
In the third, A.J. Pierzynski singled, went to third on Konerko's double and scored on Thome's sacrifice fly. Quentin then
hit his 15th homer and Nix made it 8-0 with a run-scoring single.
Tazawa retired the first two batters in the fifth before Konerko walked and Thome doubled him home.
''He obviously wasn't commanding any of his secondary stuff,'' Francona said. ''They were looking for that fastball and when
you're throwing one pitch, you better be pretty fine with it.''
Danks allowed just two singles in the first four innings and retired the leadoff batter in the fifth. But Drew and Gonzalez
hit back-to-back homers, making it 9-2.
Green, who started 78 games at shortstop this season, threw 90 mph fastballs on his first two pitches.
''I didn't know what to expect,'' he said. ''I haven't thrown a strike to a batter in like 11 years.''
His last pitch was an 88 mph fastball that Podsednik hit sharply to the mound. Green speared it, fired to first baseman
and walked to the dugout to the cheers of the fans.
''I think they're going to make a change,'' Guillen joked. ''They might start him and put (Tazawa) back in the bullpen.''
Boston scored twice in the eighth with two outs when Youkilis walked and
hit RBI doubles. Drew hit his 18th homer in the ninth off
NOTES: Thome turned 38 years old Thursday. ... Boston CF
left the game after suffering a high ankle sprain in the bottom of the fifth. Francona said he didn't think it was serious.
... David Cassidy, formerly of TV's Partridge Family, sang the national anthem. ...
went 2 for 5 after a 2-for-15 slump. ... Green's hitless pitching stint was the longest by a
position player since May 17, 1944, when
allowed two runs in 2 1-3 innings against the St. Louis Browns.