Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/17/12

BOSTON -- Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie as the Boston Red Sox spoiled the return of fan favorite Kevin Youkilis with a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

Youkilis was playing his first game against the Red Sox since they traded him to Chicago on June 24. Boston fans cheered him as if he was still a member of the home team as he went 3-for-4 with a single and two doubles, scoring Chicago's only run with some heads-up baserunning in the first.

Youkilis went from first to third on a fielder's choice, causing Gonzalez to make a throwing error that allowed Youkilis to score and put Chicago up 1-0.

Gonzalez was able to redeem himself in the eighth when he drove a 2-1 pitch from Leyson Septimo (0-1) over the Green Monster after Carl Crawford and David Ortiz led off the inning with back-to-back walks. Ortiz stumbled on second base on his way around and limped his way back to the dugout after crossing the plate.

Crawford, activated earlier in the day after missing the first half of the season because of injuries to his wrist and elbow, scored twice in his first game for the Red Sox this season, going 1-for-3.

Boston added another in the eighth on an RBI single by Mike Aviles to put Boston up 5-1, and Alfredo Aceves closed it out for Boston, which has won three of four since the All Star break. Vicente Padilla (3-0) got the win with a scoreless eighth inning.

The paid attendance was announced at 38,334, the largest crowd this season at Fenway Park, as fans packed in the 100-year-old stadium for the return of Youkilis, who helped the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.

Youkilis' welcome back was beyond warm, starting with a standing ovation the moment he came to the plate as Chicago's second batter in the top of the first. Fans cheered when he singled up the middle and the cheer of "Yooouk" continued throughout the night. Even when Padilla struck him out to end the eighth, fans sent him back to the Chicago dugout with another round of "Yooouk!" and it was completely sincere.

The return and Gonzalez's late homer almost overshadowed the pitching duel between starters Dylan Axelrod and Boston's Aaron Cook, who quietly had strong outings and left the game up to the bullpens with the score tied at 1-all.

Axelrod was pulled after Pedro Ciriaco reached on an infield single for his third hit of the night. He scattered seven hits over 6 2/3 innings and tied his career high with eight strikeouts.

Cook held Chicago to five hits and one unearned runs in seven innings, striking out none and walking none.

After allowing consecutive singles to Crawford, Ortiz and Gonzalez in the first, Axelrod ended the inning by striking out Cody Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to get out of the inning, then fanned Will Middlebrooks to start the fourth.

Axelrod retired the Red Sox in order in the third, then again in the fourth by striking out the side.

NOTES: Youkilis said before his first game as a visitor at Fenway Park that there was no "Bobby V. vs. Kevin Youkilis or vice versa." Boston manager Bobby Valentine said Sunday that he felt Youkilis never wanted to get over a comment Valentine made in April questioning Youkilis' commitment. ... Crawford missed the first half of the season with elbow and wrist injuries. To make room for him on the roster, the Red Sox designated utility player Brent Lillibridge for assignment. Boston received Lillibridge from the White Sox in the deal for Youkilis on June 24. ... The four-game series continues Tuesday with Felix Doubront (9-4) starting for Boston against Chicago's Philip Humber (3-4).

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