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White Sox take down Red Sox to complete sweep

Jun 2, 2011 - 12:57 AM Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Konerko collected three hits, including a two-run homer, and drove in three runs as the Chicago White Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a 7-4 victory at Fenway Park.

Brent Lillibridge added a solo homer and knocked in two for the White Sox, who recovered nicely from losing three of four at Toronto over the weekend.

"We needed some wins. We've been scuffling," said Konerko. "We're still behind the eight ball. We have a lot of room to make up. But it's a good start and we just gotta make sure we don't lose the momentum."

Gavin Floyd (6-5) worked 6 2/3 innings for the win, giving up nine hits and four runs. Sergio Santos recorded the final three outs to pick up his ninth save.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in two runs and David Ortiz posted a solo blast for the Red Sox, who have lost four in a row overall.

Matt Albers (1-3) took the loss, charged with the go-ahead run on three hits while retiring one batter. It put a damper on a solid outing from veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who was charged with seven hits and four runs while fanning four in six innings.

Against Albers in the seventh, Alexei Ramirez singled with one out, then advanced on a wild pitch. Carlos Quentin followed with a base hit before Konerko knocked in Ramirez to put Chicago ahead by a 5-4 count. Rich Hill spelled Albers, but after walking Adam Dunn, exited the game favoring his left elbow.

Daniel Bard came on to fan Lillibridge and get Omar Vizquel on a grounder to limit the damage.

The Red Sox never threatened the rest of the way, and Konerko hit a two-run shot over the Green Monster in the ninth to provide insurance for the visitors.

"We hit some balls right on the nose and didn't have a lot to show for it," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

Boston picked up three runs in the second inning, as Jed Lowrie's ground-rule double scored one and Saltalamacchia followed two batters later with a two-run single.

Chicago equalized with one run in the fourth -- a Lillibridge RBI double -- then two more in the fifth on an RBI groundout from Ramirez and a run-scoring double from Quentin.

Lillibridge cleared the Monster with one out in the sixth to put the White Sox up 4-3, but Ortiz countered in the home half.

Game Notes

The White Sox have won 13 of their last 15 games over the Red Sox and have taken seven straight -- including two consecutive sweeps -- at Fenway...Chicago concluded a 10-game road trip at 5-5...Boston fell to 12-6 in day games this season...Bruins anthem singer Rene Rancourt sang the Star Spangled Banner prior to the contest. The Bruins play at Vancouver in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals later Wednesday.