I made a late call to go see Interpol tonight, but I was able to catch the first 80 minutes of the game before heading out.
Little did I know that 80 minutes could only cover two-plus innings, but I'm not going to complain. Adam Eaton started the night by wrapping a high cutter around the Pesky Pole, which opened a short night for Boston starter Rick Porcello. The end result: A seventh straight victory, a third straight at Fenway, and the second by a comfortable margin.
Here's what I caught:
*Adam LaRoche coming back from a two-day break by singling home Melky Cabrera with a drive off the Green Monster for a 2-0 first-inning lead.
*Eaton coming up big with two outs in the second inning by serving a good Porcello changeup to center. That scored Carlos Sanchez, who doubled.
*Cabrera following an infield single by Tyler Saladino with a base hit to center for a 4-0 lead, and LaRoche getting plunked with the bases loaded for the Sox' fifth run.
*Alexei Ramirez joining in with a solo shot over the Monster to start the end for Porcello, who departed after a double by Sanchez and a single by Tyler Flowers. The White Sox made him throw 68 pitches.
Here's what I missed:
*The White Sox keeping a second shutout bid temporarily alive for Jose Quintana with a relay from right field to cut down Pablo Sandoval at the plate (with no outs).
*Quintana eventually losing that shutout with a double off the Monster by Mike Napoli, who also added a solo shot in the seventh inning for the only two Boston runs.
*Quintana picking up his sixth victory and lowering his ERA to 3.52 by allowing the two runs over 6⅓ innings.
*The White Sox lengthening their lead despite Napoli's production with two in the seventh (Sanchez RBI groundout, Flowers single) and one in the eighth (Jose Abreu RBI single).
*Third hits for Eaton, Cabrera and Sanchez to drive a 17-hit attack.
*Saladino's first career stolen base (and second unsuccessful attempt after a pickoff). Every starter had a hit, and Avisail Garcia was the only one to not reach base at least twice.