Boston Red Sox defeat Chicago White Sox, 6-5

CHICAGO -- The baseball gods appeared to smile on the Red Sox last night as they opened the finale of their weekend series in the Windy City.

The Rangers already had lost to the Royals, giving the Sox a half-game edge in the American League wild-card race. And the Yankees had fallen to the Angels, closing the gap in the AL East to six games. All the surging Sox needed to do to seize a full-game lead in the wild-card derby and jump to within 5 1/2 games of the Yankees in th...