Originally written on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 7/20/12

Cody Ross’ three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth helped the Red Sox steal a 3-1 victory from the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. The bomb was Ross’ third three-run homer in the last two nights, but none was bigger than the one tonight.

Clay Buchholtz posted another solid outing for the Red Sox in his second start since returning from the DL. Buchholtz lasted eight innings, giving up six hits and his lone walk came around to score the White Sox only run of the game. A performance like this from the righty gives the Red Sox positive signs moving forward.

The Red Sox were being held in check through most of the game by rookie pitcher Jose Quintana, only totaling one hit through six innings. Quintana cruised until the seventh when the Red Sox were able to string together hits and load the bases. The rookie southpaw managed to work out of the jam after Will Middlebrooks hit into an inning ending double play. He left after eight innings in line for the victory, but Ross took advantage of the White Sox young bullpen and hit a no doubter over the Green Monster.

Ross finished the game 2 for 4 while Gonzalez picked up two hits as well. Over the last two games, Ross has driven in nine of the teams 13 runs with Gonzalez driving in the other four. Gonzalez is now hitting .438 in the July and is 11 for 20 since the All-Star break, boosting his average to .298 overall. If these two continue to produce in the middle of the Red Sox order, it will be much easier to endure the absence of David Ortiz.

Carl Crawford, who set the stage for the Red Sox rally in the ninth with a single to lead the inning, continued to make his presence felt at the top of the lineup. He is now 6 for 14 in his four games since returning from the DL. Dustin Pedroia made his return to the lineup in the game, going 1 for 4 with a run scored.

The Red Sox are now 5-2 since the All-Star break, outscoring opponents 36 to 19. The team remains a game behind the Detroit Tigers for the final Wild Card position. They will next host the Toronto Blue Jays for three games at Fenway, with Josh Beckett will taking the mound Friday night, searching for his sixth win of the season. Beckett is coming off an outing against the Tampa Bay Rays where he gave up three runs in six innings, picking up the win. The Red Sox are in dire need of another solid performance from the 32-year old righty.

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