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September 2, 2013

Ortiz drives in 3; Red Sox beat White Sox 7-6

BOSTON — David Ortiz continued to rebound from a miserable stretch with two hits and three RBIs, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox Sunday that completed a sweep of their three-game series.

Stephen Drew added a solo homer for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who won for the seventh time in eight games.

Ortiz is 5 for 9 with six RBIs since going hitless in his previous 23 at-bats. He needs two hits to become the 39th player in major league history with 2,000 hits, 400 homers and 1,400 RBIs.

Brandon Workman (4-2) got four outs in relief for the victory after starter Felix Doubront couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning. Koji Uehara, the fifth Red Sox reliever, worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save.

Tyler Flowers had a solo homer and Conor Gillaspie drove in two runs for the White Sox.

Leading 5-4 in the fourth, the Red Sox scored a pair of runs against reliever Charlie Leesman — one coming on a weird play at third. With Jacoby Ellsbury on third and one out, Dustin Pedroia hit a line drive that third baseman Gillaspie made what looked like a diving grab on, but the ball dropped out of his glove as he stretched trying to double-up Ellsbury. Gillaspie then got up and fired to first, bouncing one wild as the run scored and Pedroia advanced to second.

Third base umpire Paul Nauert ruled that he dropped it before completing the catch. Manager Robin Ventura argued and was tossed by second base umpire Dana DeMuth. Ortiz followed with an RBI single, making it 7-4.

Flowers’ homer cut it to 7-6 in the eighth.

Boston had opened a 5-0 lead after three innings against starter Andre Rienzo (1-1) before the White Sox rallied back with four in the fourth, chasing Doubront.

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