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If the White Sox played more games at Fenway Park, then ... .

Well, three is all they get this year at the home of the Red Sox, but the White Sox certainly made the best usage out of this trio. As rough as their efforts have been in visiting venues such as Rogers Centre and the Coliseum in Oakland, they have been just as dominant during a now seven-game winning streak in Boston.

Wednesday's come-from-behind 7-4 victory extended this run, marking the longest stretch of success by a Red Sox opponent since the Yankees won seven straight from May 23 to Aug. 21, 2006. While the White Sox offense fought their way into this contest, evening their 10-game road trip at 5-5, it was Gavin Floyd who deserves the bulk of credit in completing Chicago's three-game sweep.

Boston (30-26) touched up Floyd for seven hits in the first 10 batters he faced, but it could only manage three runs in the first two innings. That total wasn't insurmountable against 44-year-old knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who didn't get a lot of help from his defense in the White Sox rally.

Trailing, 3-1, in the fifth, Ramon Castro walked to open the frame. Gordon Beckham followed with a popup down the right-field line that second baseman Dustin Pedroia had a long way to go to reach, but once he got to the spot, the ball ticked off Pedroia's glove for a base hit, putting runners on first and second.

Juan Pierre grounded into a fielder's choice at second for the first out, and then looked as if he would be an easy out at second when the Red Sox guessed right with a pitchout as Pierre was breaking on a stolen-base attempt. But in the rundown, Pedroia failed to tag Pierre and allowed him to get to second with a strange stolen base.

Alexei Ramirez's groundout scored one run, and then Carlos Quentin doubled home the tying run. Brent Lillibridge and David Ortiz traded off home runs, before Paul Konerko's single off Matt Albers scored Ramirez with the game-winner in the seventh.

Floyd helped his own cause by retiring eight straight from the second through the fourth, needing just 20 pitches over that stretch. He finished with four runs allowed on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out one and walking one.

Chris Sale worked 1 1/3 innings in relief of Floyd, retiring Adrian Gonzalez for the second straight day. Sergio Santos picked up his ninth save.
Source- MLB.com Gameday | whitesox.com: Gameday




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