Gonzalez spoils Youkilis’ return, powers Red Sox by White Sox

The Associated Press
Posted July 16, 2012, at 10:59 p.m.

BOSTON — It was almost perfect for Boston Red Sox fans: They cheered Kevin Youkilis early in the game and enjoyed a late-inning rally by their team. A limping David Ortiz just put a bit of a damper on the nice night.

Adrian Gonzalez spoiled Youkilis’ return to Fenway Park, hitting a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning of a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday.

The Red Sox traded Youkilis on June 24, sending the three-time All-Star and cash to Chicago for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and a minor league pitcher. Youkilis went 3 for 4 with two doubles in his first game back at his longtime home.

Youkilis was serenaded with chants of “Yooooouk” when he stepped to the plate in the first.

“It was a great ovation. It was just a cool thing from the fans,” he said. “I can’t thank them enough for all the support they’ve given me.”

The Red Sox received a scare when Ortiz came up limping after rounding second on Gonzalez’s homer and limped badly all the way to the dugout.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he’ll have an MRI on his right Achilles on Tuesday.

“He’s little upset and a little sore, but it doesn’t look he pulled anything or tore anything,” he said. “It’s probably going to be some days, though. It’s that Achilles. You know, he’s had the heel and where the Achilles attaches in the back of the heel. I guess he’s had it in the past.”

Ortiz spoke briefly and was somewhat encouraged.

“Yeah, I got sore, but I didn’t feel any pop, so that’s a good sign,” he said. “I iced it so it’s not as bad as it was.”

Carl Crawford returned to Boston’s lineup after missing the entire season with left elbow and wrist injuries, going 1 for 3 with a walk.

Crawford and Ortiz opened the eighth with consecutive walks against Leyson Septimo (0-1). Gonzalez then hit a drive into the seats above the Green Monster for just his seventh homer of the season.

Vicente Padilla (3-0) worked one inning for the win, and Alfredo Aceves finished the game.

Ortiz had a walk and single, giving him 10 straight with at least one hit and a walk to set a club record. Ted Williams held the previous mark, going nine straight in 1950.

Youkilis received a warm welcome when he walked up to the plate before his first at-bat. The burly third baseman took off his helmet, turned and waved to all corners.

He then singled up the middle against Aaron Cook. Adam Dunn followed with a grounder to second and Youkilis kept going toward an uncovered third with a shifted infield. First baseman Gonzalez then fired the ball into left for an error, allowing Youkilis to score.

“It was nice,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. “I think everyone kind of kind of expected that for what he’s done here.”

Crawford singled in the bottom half and scored on Gonzalez’s single to right.

Both starters were solid. Cook allowed five hits in seven innings and is 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts since coming off the disabled after getting spiked and cutting his left knee covering home plate.

“Me and Youk grew up together in the Cincinnati area,” Cook said. “We were on the same travel team for three years. Today is pretty special.”

Chicago’s Dylan Axelrod matched his career high with eight strikeouts and yielded seven hits in 6 2-3 innings.

The Red Sox, who took two of three at Tampa Bay over the weekend, opened a seven-game homestand.

NOTES: White Sox LHP John Danks, out with a mild muscle strain in his shoulder, played long toss and was encouraged by the results. “I feel like I’m making progress,” he said before the game. “(Tuesday) we’re going to try doing the same, Wednesday off and Thursday push it back a little farther. Thursday will tell a lot.” He went on the 15-day disabled list in May and figured he would be back by now. … Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury played his fourth straight game since coming off the DL Friday against Tampa Bay. He was sidelined since mid-April with an injured right shoulder.

YANKEES 6, BLUE JAYS 3: Raul Ibanez hit a tiebreaking grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning and New York beat Toronto 6-3 after Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista left the game with a wrist injury.

Ibanez connected on a 3-1 pitch from Jason Frasor for a no-doubt drive into the first row of the second deck in right field to snap a 2-all tie.

Bautista injured his left wrist on a swing in the eighth and was removed from the game. He hit a long foul ball against David Robertson and immediately grabbed his wrist, dropping into a crouch outside the batter’s box.

After the game, the Blue Jays said Bautista did not break a bone. But he has a tendon injury and will have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity.

Robertson (1-3) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win and Rafael Soriano finished for his 23rd save.

Russell Martin also homered for the Yankees. Adam Lind connected for Toronto. Aaron Loup (0-1) took the loss.

TIGERS 8, ANGELS 6: Brennan Boesch hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning and Detroit rallied to beat Los Angeles.

The Angels led 5-2 after a four-run fifth, but the Tigers chipped away, scoring two runs in the bottom of that inning and three more in the seventh. Delmon Young tied it with a sacrifice fly and Boesch followed with a homer off reliever LaTroy Hawkins (2-2) to make it 7-5.

Octavio Dotel (3-2) got the win in relief. Joaquin Benoit worked the eighth and Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 21 chances.

Torii Hunter had four hits and drove in three runs for Los Angeles. Mark Trumbo hit his 25th homer.

The Angels got Albert Pujols to the plate as the potential tying run in the ninth, but he flied out to end it.

INDIANS 3, RAYS 2: Zach McAllister shrugged off being struck in his pitching arm by a line drive to finish six solid innings, and Cleveland held on to beat Tampa Bay.

McAllister (4-1) appeared to get hit above the right elbow by Jeff Keppinger’s RBI single in the fourth. He retired the next six batters and eight of his last nine overall.

Shin-Soo Choo ended up with an RBI double in the third for Cleveland after he had what initially was ruled a home run overturned by instant replay in the first.

McAllister allowed one run and three hits. Vinnie Pestano escaped jams in the seventh and eighth. Chris Perez worked a perfect ninth, earning his 26th save in 28 opportunities.

Desmond Jennings homered for the Rays. Alex Cobb (4-6) yielded three runs and five hits over 3 1-3 innings.

MARINERS 9, ROYALS 4: Casper Wells homered and drove in a career-high five runs, all of them against Jonathan Sanchez, and Seattle beat up Kansas City.

Justin Smoak also had a two-run homer off Sanchez (1-6), pulled after allowing a season-high seven runs in a season-low 1 1-3 innings. The left-hander who once threw a no-hitter for San Francisco gave up seven hits and a walk before he was yanked to a chorus of boos.

Jason Vargas (9-7) took advantage of the rare output from one of the American League’s worst offenses. The left-hander gave up homers to Salvador Perez and Billy Butler, but still managed to last six shaky innings and win his second straight game.

Ichiro Suzuki added an RBI triple, and Dustin Ackley homered for the Mariners. His solo shot came off Everett Teaford, who was scheduled to start for the Royals on Tuesday night but was pressed into duty after Sanchez was blitzed for the fifth straight start.

TWINS 19, ORIOLES 7: Denard Span had three hits and five RBIs, plus two highlight-reel catches in center field to help Minnesota stop its five-game losing streak with a victory over Baltimore.

Ben Revere made two remarkable running grabs himself in right field to go with four hits and three RBIs. Joe Mauer homered and drove in two runs, and Justin Morneau had four of Minnesota’s 20 hits.

Chris Tillman (1-1) gave up seven runs in the first and didn’t finish the inning, the shortest appearance by an Orioles starter this season. Six of the runs were unearned, due an untimely two-out error by first baseman Mark Reynolds. He hit a three-run homer off Scott Diamond (8-3), but the Twins starter won his third straight decision thanks to the big early lead.

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