Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Associated Press
BOSTON - Cody Ross' 5-year-old son stood behind him Thursday night as he sat at a podium during a postgame interview, triggering him to recall when he started to enjoy hitting in the clutch.
No shirt? Cody Ross met The Shredder after his walk-off homer. Turns out Nick Punto has become a master at tearing the shirt off a teammate’s back to celebrate.
The Associated Press
Cody Ross gets the walk-off treatment from his Boston Red Sox teammates Thursday night after blasting a three-run homer into the Green Monster seats in the ninth inning to produce a 3-1 victory against the Chicago White Sox. Boston is 5-2 since the All-Star break.
The Associated Press
WHO: Toronto Blue Jays (Laffey 1-1) at Boston Red Sox (Beckett 5-7)
WHEN: 7:10 p.m.
"I've always wanted to be up in those situations since I was like my son's age," Ross said of his three-run homer in the ninth that lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 3-1 victory against the Chicago White Sox. "It's a great feeling, especially when you're the hero."
Ross' dramatic shot came one night after he hit three-run homers in consecutive innings of a 10-1 victory.
Before the game, he was jokingly asked if there would be a repeat performance.
"I thought it was kind of a dumb question, but I guess it wasn't," he said smiling with his blond-haired son, Hudson, just off to his left.
Boston took three of the four games in the series and is 5-2 since the All Star break.
It was the fifth loss in 13 games for AL Central-leading Chicago, which opens a three-game series at second-place Detroit tonight.
Clay Buchholz of Boston had a solid start, allowing one run, six hits, striking out six and walking one in eight innings. But he was set to be the loser until Ross' blast.
"I was sitting on the couch watching," he said. "He's been in big situations and is a guy that thrives in those situations most of the year."
When Ross reached the plate, he was met by Nick Punto, who tore his jersey.
"He was famous for that in St. Louis (last postseason)," Ross said. "I met The Shredder."
Buchholz had his own little celebration.
"I was running around the clubhouse," he said.
Matt Thornton (2-6) got one out but left with runners on first and second before Addison Reed faced Ross, who hit a 1-1 pitch into the Green Monster seats.
Carl Crawford opened the ninth with a single but was erased on Dustin Pedroia's fielder's choice. Adrian Gonzalez then singled to right before Reed came in. Just before the first pitch, Boston sent Punto in to run, slowing Reed down a bit.
"You go back and forth and make decisions, figure them out," White Sox Manager Robin Ventura said of electing to open the inning with Thornton. "You got the two lefties coming up with Crawford and Gonzalez, so you know you've still got Reed out there if Ross and the rest of the righties come up."
Reed just felt he missed badly with the pitch.
"It was supposed to be a fastball away, and it just sailed over the middle of the plate and he got a good piece on it," he said.
Alfredo Aceves (1-6) pitched one inning for the win.
Chicago rookie left-hander Jose Quintana continued the impressive start to his career, pitching eight shutout innings.
Quintana held Boston to five hits, striking out two and not walking a batter in his 10th major league start. He's held opponents two runs or fewer in eight starts.
Buchholz had been given the second-most run support in the majors at 7.48 runs per nine innings -- only behind teammate Felix Doubront's 8.38 -- but the Sox couldn't solve Quintana.
Boston was held to one hit until loading the bases with one out in the seventh on singles by Pedroia, Gonzalez and Ross. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez was leaning the wrong way on Will Middlebrooks' liner, dove back, grabbed the ball on one hop and fired to second to start an inning-ending double play.
The White Sox grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Adam Dunn drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on Paul Konerko's single, barely beating right fielder Ross' throw. Alex Rios followed with his sacrifice fly to center.
Pedroia returned from the 15-day disabled list after being out with a strained right thumb and went 1 for 4.
Kevin Youkilis of Chicago didn't play because of a tight left hamstring.