Red Sox set for series opener with White Sox
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox will try to turn things around on their 10-game homestand Monday night when they open a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park.
Boston has gone just 1-5 so far during the homestand to fall a season-worst 10 games below .500.
The Red Sox are coming off Sunday's wild, 7-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in 12 innings. After Baltimore scored four runs in the top of the seventh, Boston plated five runs in the bottom of the frame to tie it. However, Baltimore's J.J. Hardy later delivered an RBI single in the 12th to seal the outcome.
Starter Jake Peavy gave up one earned run in six innings for Boston. Dustin Pedroia had three hits and David Ortiz went 4-for-5, although he was thrown out trying to stretch a single in the bottom of the 12th.
"We haven't won the close games," Pedroia said. "One hit or one play being made in each of those games and it's a different story right now."
Meanwhile, Chicago notched a 1-0 win over Seattle on Sunday despite totaling only two hits. Hector Noesi tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings against his former team, while the White Sox scored the game's only run on Taijuan Walker's wild pitch in the first. A day earlier, the White Sox offense managed only four hits in a 3-2 loss in 14 innings.
Scott Carroll takes the mound for Chicago in Monday's series opener. Carroll has gone 1-5 with a 6.75 ERA in seven starts this season as he has bounced back and forth between the bullpen and starting rotation. In two starts since rejoining the rotation, the right-hander has allowed 10 earned runs on 17 hits.
In the second game of a doubleheader against the Angels this past Tuesday, he gave up a season-worst seven runs in six innings as Chicago fell, 7-5.
"Every time I go out there, I want to compete," Carroll said after Tuesday's start. "Obviously, I didn't compete, but I definitely want to take control of that (final rotation) spot and show them that I have the talent to do so."
For Boston, starter Clay Buchholz eyes up his third straight solid outing since returning from a one-month stint on the disabled list with a hyperextended left knee. After posting a 7.02 ERA through his first 10 starts of the season, Buchholz has been much sharper in 10 starts since returning from the DL, allowing a combined five runs on 12 hits in 13 2/3 innings.
In his last start against the Chicago Cubs, the right-hander yielded five hits and a run over 6 1/3 innings.
"This is the second straight start since being activated he's pitched very well," Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Buchholz's last outing. "I thought he had good stuff, probably one of the better fastballs he's had for the entire season. I thought he threw a number of really good curveballs."
Buchholz has posted a 1.85 in his last five starts against Chicago. Boston has won the last five head-to-head meetings at Fenway.
07/07 10:50:47 ET