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

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox warmly welcomed back an old friend, then sent him to the visitors' clubhouse in disappointment.

While Kevin Youkilis clearly remains a fan favorite at Fenway Park, the cheers he received as a member of the White Sox seemed almost quiet to the roar after Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie as the Red Sox spoiled Youkilis' return with a 5-1 win over Chicago on Monday night.

Gonzalez drove in four runs, more than atoning for his throwing error in the first inning that cost Boston a run. He tied it in the bottom of the first with an RBI single, then broke it open in the eighth.

"It feels great to win the game," Gonzalez said. "I'm not really worried about the home runs or any of that stuff."

Perhaps that's because the spotlight was mostly on Youkilis, who 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.

The Red Sox even posted a large 'thank you' to Youkilis on the center-field monitor between innings in a gesture that showed the organization remembered Youkilis' accomplishments in Boston, including World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.

Youkilis responded by going 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 him to score and put Chicago up 1-0.

It was the only run the White Sox would score as starter Aaron Cook and relievers Vicente Padilla and Alfredo Aceves shut down Chicago the rest of the way.

Youkilis and A.J. Pierzynski combined for all five of Chicago's hits as the White Sox lost for the first time in Boston since August 26, 2009.

"It feels good but you want to win. That's our job here. We've got to win games," Youkilis said. "It doesn't matter how many hits you get. You've got to win."

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 run in the eighth on an RBI single by Mike Aviles to put Boston up 5-1, and Aceves closed it out for Boston, which has won three of four since the All Star break. 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.

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.

"Everyone was great to me. People cheered me when I just ran off the field. It was pretty cool. I know it was very special," Youkilis said. "My family just really appreciates all the support the fans have given us."

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

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.

Youkilis made his baserunning move in the first inning after he had singled. Youkilis never slowed down while rounding second on Adam Dunn's fielder's choice and took third when he noticed Middlebrooks was still out of position from shifting over for Dunn. Gonzalez threw behind Middlebrooks -- the rookie who holds Youkilis' former job at third base -- and Youkilis made it all the way home.

"He's got nothing on me. He's 23-years-old. I think I could beat him out in a race. That's unbelievable," Youkilis said. "I was joking with him, kind of just yelling at him 'Come on, Will!' He just kind of hit that dirt and fell down and I knew I had him. It was just like going to the end zone in football I guess."

NOTES: Boston manager Bobby Valentine said Ortiz may have tweaked his Achilles tendon while rounding the bases on Gonzalez's home run, but did not expect him to be out of the lineup for more than a few days. ... Youkilis said before his first game as a visitor at Fenway Park that there was no "Bobby V. vs. Kevin Youkilis or vice versa." 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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