White Sox 10, Red Sox 7

The way he’s been pitching, a reporter told Phil Humber, people
are starting to talk about him making the All-Star game.

The White Sox right-hander just shook his head.

”You don’t hear me talking about it,” he said after shutting
the Boston batters down for seven innings Tuesday night to lead
Chicago to a 10-7 victory over the Red Sox. ”I don’t really have
any comment on that (the All-Star game). I’m just thankful for the
results so far.”

Humber (4-3) held Boston to six hits in seven innings before
giving up three more in the eighth after the White Sox opened a
10-1 lead. In all, Humber was charged with four runs while walking
one and striking out five in 7 2-3 innings – the first time in
seven starts he has allowed more than three runs.

”Phil was outstanding. Outstanding,” manager Ozzie Guillen
said. ”The guy keeps showing people, and proving himself, pitching
against a good-hitting ballclub and doing it right. I could be
sitting here talking good things about him all night.”

The third overall pick in the 2004 draft, Humber has spent time
with five organizations – three since December, when he was waived
by the Royals, claimed by the Athletics and then waived by them and
claimed by Chicago. He started the season in the bullpen, then
moved into the rotation on April 9 and won just one of his first
three starts.

But then Humber rattled off a string of strong outings: three
straight starts with three hits or fewer, and six in a row without
allowing more than three runs. That streak ended Tuesday when he
left with a 10-2 lead and runners on first and third with two outs
in the eighth inning.

Will Ohman relieved him and gave up a three-run homer to David
Ortiz that made it 10-5.

”He threw the ball real good, mixed all of his pitches. I
thought he was on his game,” said Ortiz, who struck out swinging,
grounded out and singled up the middle against Humber. ”We’re
facing good pitching. We’re not going to score 10 runs every
game.”

Alexei Ramirez tied his career high with four hits and also
drove in three runs for Chicago, which has won six in a row at
Fenway Park for its longest streak here since the ”Go Go” Sox era
of 1958-59. Chris Sale came on in the ninth after Boston cut the
deficit to 10-7 and struck out Adrian Gonzalez looking on three
pitches earn his second save.

Alfredo Aceves (2-1) lost for the first time in more than two
years, allowing eight runs – six earned – on eight hits and three
walks while striking out one. He had won 12 consecutive decisions
for the Yankees and Red Sox in what had been the longest active
streak since CC Sabathia in 2008.

But the White Sox scored four runs in the second, including a
two-run single by Ramirez. He also singled and scored when Chicago
scored four more in the sixth to chase Aceves and make it 10-1.

Ramirez had three RBIs while recording his second four-hit game
in nine days. He also had the game-winning hit in the series opener
Monday night, a two-run double that broke a sixth-inning tie.

Gordon Beckham had three hits for the White Sox, who have won
two straight against Boston after losing four of their previous
five games.

Despite their three-game losing streak, the Red Sox are 19-10 in
May – the best record in the American League over the month. Adrian
Gonzalez had 42 hits and 31 RBIs in the month, the first Red Sox
player to top 40 and 30 in May, respectively, since Jim Rice in his
AL MVP year of 1978.

Jason Varitek had three hits, including his second homer of the
season. After Boston scored one more in the eighth on three hits
off the Green Monster off Humber, Ohman relieved him and gave up
Ortiz’s homer.

Ohman got Mike Cameron, a defensive replacement for Carl
Crawford, on a fly ball to right to end the inning.

The Red Sox got two more in the ninth when Josh Reddick hit a
sacrifice fly and Drew Sutton hit a high flyball that right fielder
Brent Lillibridge couldn’t get at the Pesky Pole.

Sale came on and got Gonzalez on three straight pitches to end
the game.

Notes: Crawford was out on an odd double play in the fifth, when
he tried to steal second but had to turn back when Lowrie popped it
up to center. The problem: Crawford had already taken a step toward
third, and he didn’t touch second on his way back. … The Red Sox
moved up the starting time of Saturday’s game against the Oakland
Athletics to 1:10 p.m. from 7:10 p.m. so that fans will be able to
also watch the Bruins in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. The
hockey game between the Bruins and the Western Conference champion
Vancouver Canucks is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. EDT. … Chicago
has won 12 of its last 14 at Fenway. During one stretch in 1958-59,
the White Sox won seven in a row in Boston. … The Red Sox
activated RHP Bobby Jenks from the 15-day disabled list and
optioned RHP Michael Bowden to Triple-A Pawtucket. Jenks pitched a
scoreless inning in relief. … Boston SS Marco Scutaro (side) has
been cleared to resume baseball activities. RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka
went for a second opinion on his injured right elbow. … Red Sox
RHP John Lackey made a rehab start in Pawtucket and allowed one run
on three hits in 5 2-3 innings, striking out four. He threw 63
pitches. … Aceves won his last 10 decisions with the Yankees
before signing with Boston in the offseason. He made 54 relief
appearances and four starts since.