McDonald, Bard lead Red Sox by White Sox for 5th straight win

Boston Red Sox's Darnell McDonald, right, celebrates with Marlon Byrd after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Friday, April 27, 2012. The Red Sox won 10-3.
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Boston Red Sox's Darnell McDonald, right, celebrates with Marlon Byrd after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Friday, April 27, 2012. The Red Sox won 10-3.
Posted April 27, 2012, at 11:23 p.m.
Last modified April 27, 2012, at 11:42 p.m.

CHICAGO — Darnell McDonald hit a tiebreaking three-run double and homered to help the Boston Red Sox rally to beat the Chicago White Sox 10-3 on Friday night.

David Ortiz hit a two-run shot for the Red Sox, who are 5-0 since blowing a 9-0 lead against the New York Yankees Saturday for their fifth straight loss.

After Paul Konerko’s home run in the fifth gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead, the Red Sox responded with a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by McDonald’s bases-clearing double.

Boston starter Daniel Bard (2-2) took advantage of the run support and threw seven strong innings. He allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced. He struck out six and walked one. Before Friday, Bard was only backed by two total runs in 12 1-3 innings.

White Sox starter John Danks (2-3) struggled in his fifth start of the season. He allowed seven runs on six hits in 5 2-3 innings. Chicago has lost four straight.

Danks was unable to hold a lead for Chicago in the sixth inning.

He issued back-to-back walks to Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis. Ortiz then loaded the bases with a single and Cody Ross followed with an RBI single to tie the game. With two outs and the bases still loaded, McDonald lined a double down the left-field line. Marlon Byrd ended Danks’ night with an RBI single to put the Red Sox ahead 7-3.

The game was played in cold and windy conditions. The temperature at first pitch was 39 degrees, but it didn’t slow the Red Sox hitters. They have hit 12 homers and scored 53 runs over the last six games.

Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Youkilis drew a leadoff walk then Ortiz followed with a two-run shot to right. It was Ortiz’s fourth of the season and his 382nd of his career. He is tied with former Red Sox great Jim Rice and Frank Howard for 59th on the career list.

Alejandro De Aza led off the first inning with a double down the left-field line. Two outs later, A.J. Pierzynski doubled off the left-field wall to score De Aza.

In the third inning, Alexei Ramirez reached on Youkilis’ throwing error and advanced to second on Konerko’s bloop single. With two outs, Ramirez came across to score on a passed ball by catcher Kelly Shoppach.

Ross and Shoppach had back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh inning to extend the Boston lead to 9-3.

McDonald homered in the ninth.

NOTES: Before the game, a moment of silence was observed for Moose Skowron. Skowron, a five-time World Series champion, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill. He was 81. Skowron helped the New York Yankees win four titles in the 1950s and 1960s. Skowron grew up on Chicago’s North Side and he played three seasons (1964-67) with the White Sox. … White Sox placed reliever Jesse Crain on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique and recalled right-hander Dylan Axelrod from Triple-A Charlotte. … The Red Sox activated left-hander Rich Hill from the 15-day disabled list and optioned reliever Justin Thompson to Triple-A Pawtucket. Hill underwent Tommy John surgery last season.

YANKEES 7, TIGERS 6: Derek Jeter scored on a passed ball with one out in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees rallied to hand the Tigers their fifth straight loss, 7-6 on Friday night in New York, hours after Detroit left fielder Delmon Young was arraigned on a hate crime harassment charge.

Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in two runs, Russell Martin hit a two-run homer and the Yankees bullpen held steady when Ivan Nova turned in the latest shaky performance by a New York starter.

Jeter drew a one-out walk from Brayan Villarreal (0-1) and went to third when Villarreal threw a wild pitch on ball four to Curtis Granderson. With Rodriguez up, Villarreal’s 2-0 pitch glanced off catcher Alex Avila’s glove and Jeter barely beat Avila’s throw to Villarreal at the plate.

INDIANS 3, ANGELS 2: Asdrubal Cabrera singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the struggling Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Friday night in Cleveland.

Albert Pujols went 1 for 4 as Los Angeles lost its fifth straight. He is homerless in 20 games since signing a $240 million, 10-year contract to join the Angels — his longest drought to start a season.

Aaron Cunningham opened the ninth against David Carpenter (0-1) by doubling over leaping left fielder Vernon Wells at the wall. Michael Brantley lined out to center before Jason Kipnis singled. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar got a glove on the line drive, slowing the ball down and preventing Cunningham from scoring.

Cabrera hit a 2-0 pitch to right, making the Indians 6-0 in one-run games and the Angels 0-6.

Vinnie Pestano (1-0) struck out the only two batters he faced for the win.

MARINERS 9, BLUE JAYS 5: Michael Saunders hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the 10th inning, and the Seattle Mariners rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 on Friday night in Toronto, extending their winning streak to a season-high four games.

Saunders started a two-run rally in the ninth with a shot to center, then hit the tiebreaking homer to right off Luis Perez (2-1) in the 10th for his third homer of the season. It was Saunders’ first multihomer game of the year and his fourth multi-hit game in the past five.

Charlie Furbush (2-1) got two outs for the win and Jesus Montero also homered for the Mariners, who had lost eight of their past nine games in Toronto.

Edwin Encarnacion and Eric Thames hit solo homers for the Blue Jays, undone by three errors as their losing streak reached four games.

Trailing 5-3 to begin the ninth, the Mariners cut it to one when Saunders connected off Francisco Cordero. Clinging to the lead, Toronto was twice let down by its defense. Pinch-hitter Kyle Seager reached on a throwing error by Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie, and pinch runner Munenori Kawasaki went to third on catcher J.P. Arencibia’s errant pickoff throw that ended up in right field.

Dustin Ackley was intentionally walked to bring up pinch hitter John Jaso, who tied it with a single that dropped just in front of a diving Colby Rasmus in center. With Toronto slow to react to the loose ball, Ackley tried to score from first but was thrown out at the plate.

The blown save, Toronto’s fifth in nine chances this season, canceled a two-run Blue Jays rally in the eighth. Thames broke a 3-3 tie with a homer to center, his second. Lawrie singled and went to third on a throwing error by pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen before scoring on Arencibia’s sacrifice fly.

Mariners starter Blake Beaven, who was on the losing end of Phil Humber’s perfect game last week, saw Ricky Romero hold Seattle hitless through five innings in this one, although the visitors scraped out a run in the third thanks to a pair of walks and a fielding error by Lawrie.

The Blue Jays, who scored just three total runs during this week’s three-game sweep in Baltimore, got their offense started when Encarnacion drilled a leadoff homer into the center field restaurant in the second. It was his fifth of the season.

Toronto took the lead with two in the fourth. Encarnacion hit a one-out double, Thames reached on an infield single and, after Brett Lawrie popped up, Rasmus drove in both runners with a double into the right field corner, putting Toronto up 3-1.

Romero lost his no-hit bid when Ackley led off the sixth with a double to right, and coughed up the lead in the seventh. Montero began the inning with a homer that scraped over the wall in left, his third. Romero got two outs but couldn’t finish the inning, giving up a single to eighth hitter Miguel Olivo and an RBI double to ninth hitter Casper Wells. Romero was replaced after walking Ackley, with Jason Frasor coming on to retire Brendan Ryan.

Romero, who had won three straight starts coming in, allowed three runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Beavan gave up three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked none and struck out four.

NOTES: Seattle manager Eric Wedge said OF Franklin Gutierrez, on the 15-day DL with a torn pectoral muscle, is also suffering from soreness in his heel. … Blue Jays OF Travis Snider, currently at Triple-A Las Vegas, underwent an MRI Friday after he jammed his right wrist while diving for a catch Thursday and was forced to leave the game. … Toronto announced plans for peanut-free seating at three home games this season. Seats are reserved for people who suffer from peanut and nut allergies.

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