Messy Game Ends in 4-3 Loss

(SN Report #533) - Ten walks, 14 men left on base, three errors, three double plays, five bad bunt attempts, one baserunning blunder, a high strike and an ejection. After all this the White Sox found themselves on the short end, losing 4-3 to the Red Sox in 10 innings on Thursday.

The Red Sox were held to just one hit, coming in the three-run first, against starter Danny Wright and reliever's Damaso Marte and Tom Gordon through the first nine innings. The remaining two hits came in the 10th off Billy Koch, putting them ahead 4-3.

Three walks by Wright and an error by Joe Crede were main contributers to the three-run first. Wright settled down, allowing no hits over the next five innings. Wright struck out four and walked four. One of the runs was unearned.

The White Sox came back little by little off Boston starter Derek Lowe with a run in the second, third and sixth innings, but the damage was minimal considering the opportunities that presented themselves, many with the help of the Red Sox defense, which committed two errors in the game.

In the second inning, the White Sox put men on the corners with a walk and single with no outs, but only managed one run, coming on a double play groundout by Carlos Lee. Lee grounded into two more double plays; one with the bases loaded and no outs, and the other to end the game.

The White Sox scored their second run with a Willie Harris infield single, who then stole second, and a D'Angelo Jimenez RBI-single. Jimenez tried for second on the throw home by rightfielder Trot Nixon, but it was cut off, leading to a rundown.

The White Sox loaded the bases twice in the game and scored once, that coming on a throwing error by Nomar Garciaparra on a Jose Valentin grounder in the sixth.

The other error came in the seventh on a throwing error by pitcher Jason Shiell. Shiell tried to throw out Josh Paul at second after a bunt by Harris.

Marte threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings, while Gordon gave up no runs in 1 1/3 innings.

The top of the 10th started with a single by Bill Mueller and walk to Damian Jackson. A sacrifice bunt by Jason Varitek advanced the runners, setting up the eventual game-winning, RBI-single by Damon.

The White Sox will now head to Wrigley Field to face the Cubs in a three-game set starting Friday at 1:20 p.m. CT. Jon Garland is scheduled to pitch against Shawn Estes. The game will be televised on ESPN and Fox Sports Net Chicago.

NOTES: Jerry Manuel was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes

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