CHICAGO(AP) Coming home after a disappointing 3-8 road trip that made their playoff chances remote at best, the
Chicago White Sox
responded with one of their most potent offensive displays of the season.
homered and had three RBIs against his former team, and
went 4 for 5 as the
used a 20-hit attack Friday night to rout the
Boston Red Sox
''Unpredictable ball club. We have not had too many games like that all year long,'' said
, who earned his 500th win as manager of the
''You can go into the seventh and eighth and relax a little bit and enjoy the game. And you don't have to think much.''
batted around in the third and fourth innings, scoring five runs in each, to take a 12-1 lead. Chicago had 16 hits by the
end of the fourth.
Getz is batting .275 in his first full season, but has been overshadowed by fellow rookie
. And that's fine with him.
''I just try to be a sparkplug, get on base and create havoc. That's my goal,'' he said.
''He (Beckham) is getting a lot of attention. But I'd rather be under the radar. He's having so much success and geez I got
to have some success, too. Maybe it kick started me a little.''
(1-2), in his fourth start since rejoining the rotation last month, allowed seven hits and a run over six innings as the
won their third straight. It was Garcia's first win since Sept. 17 of last season, when he beat Texas while pitching for Detroit.
(1-1) was driven out after 2 1-3 innings in his second start for Boston. The veteran right-hander gave up seven runs and 10
hits, including Kotsay's two-run homer in the second that opened the scoring.
Byrd had thrown six shutout innings against Toronto in his first start five days ago.
''Quite a difference, huh? It is tough,'' Byrd said.
''I don't want to put this team in that situation. I want us to be in the game when I'm on the mound. This is totally unacceptable
for me. I shoulder the blame, I dropped the ball here.''
The loss narrowed Boston's lead in the AL wild card to two games over Texas, which beat Baltimore 5-1 Friday night. After
batted in the fifth and with his team trailing by 11, manager
emptied his bench, making seven changes in the lineup.
''It didn't look like he (Byrd) was real crisp. There were balls all over the field. Some weren't hit hard, a lot were hit
hard,'' Francona said. ''It was one of those nights where everything they did went right. Not a lot went right for us.''
Kotsay, who started the season on the disabled list while recovering from back surgery, was designated for assignment by the
on July 24 and then traded to the
four days later for
. His homer was his second of the season - he hit one for Boston on June 7.
He also doused a
rally in the fourth by throwing
out at second when he tried to stretch a single.
Beckham's leadoff triple in the fourth on a drive to center and A.J. Pierzynski's RBI single made it 3-0 in the third. After
doubled, Kotsay delivered again with a soft RBI single to left.
Getz then rolled an RBI double under third baseman
' glove and
followed with a two-run single to finish Byrd and make it 7-0.
led off the fourth with a single before Martinez was thrown out at second by Kotsay for the first out. Youkilis then hit an
RBI single for Boston's first run.
Chicago tacked on five more with six more hits in the fourth, including a two-run single by
that made it 12-1.
Guillen said he was honored to reach 500 victories in this his sixth season as manager, thanking his players for the opportunity.
''I hope I sit here one year and talk about my 2,000th,'' he said. And then quickly he added: ''I ain't going to manage that
has a tight back and didn't play. ... Byrd is now 4-2 in seven career starts at U.S. Cellular Field. ... Garcia ran his overall
career record against Boston to 7-2.