Chicago White Sox defeat Boston Red Sox, 4-2

After only one inning, a scuffling Gavin Floyd had thrown 29 pitches, with one final fling producing the loudest crack of the first.

But the pellet off the bat of Jason Bay shot into the glove of lunging third baseman Joe Crede, ending a bases-loaded first that, had it gone otherwise, might have ended the Chicago starter's afternoon earlier. In the first, Floyd threw only one first-pitch strike to the first six Boston hitters.

Instead, David Ortiz (single), Dustin Pe...

BOSTON --Jim Thome tied Mickey Mantle for 14th place with his 536th career homer, Gavin Floyd won his fifth straight decision and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Thome hit a two-out, two-run drive off Tim Wakefield (8-9) in the first inning for his 29th of the season. Thome and Paul Konerko hit consecutive two-out doubles in the sixth to give Chicago a 3-1 lead.

The White Sox started the day with a half-game le...