Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 7/17/12

Kevin Youkilis provided the punch the White Sox needed in tonight's 7-5 win. Batting 2nd for Chicago, Youk hit a three-run homer in the 4th inning that pushed the White Sox out of reach. Boston rallied in the 8th, with Will Middlebrooks driving in Carl Crawford and then Kelly Shoppach homering. That was as far as they could get, however.

Jon Lester got tagged with the loss, going just four innings. His stat line is nasty -- six runs, seven hits, three walks. I have no idea what's going on with him. I'd expect we'll have more on this in the dump.

Some positives: The Red Sox still scored five despite being without David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia. Junichi Tazawa pitched a solid four innings out of the pen, saving Bobby V from having to waste several relievers on a loss. And best of all, Crawford added three hits and had three steals -- he's looking like the guy we paid all that money to. Great news.

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