How it happened: Daniel Bard, making his first start since April 16, gave the Red Sox his longest outing of his short career as a starter. In only his third career start, Bard went seven innings and gave up two earned runs while striking out six and walking one. White Sox starter John Danks, who seemed to be cruising along through the first five innings, was unable to hold down a white-hot Red Sox offense in the sixth. The Boston bats finally got to Danks as he allowed five runs in the sixth, the big blow coming with a three-run double off the bat of Darnell McDonald. McDonald added a solo home run in the ninth to cap off a two-hit and career-high four-RBI night.
What it means: The bad news is that the Red Sox still remain in last place in the AL East with a 9-10 record. On the flip side, they've won their fifth game in a row, are averaging 8.7 runs in their past six games and have gotten quality starts from their starting pitchers in three of their past four.
Outside the box: Since blowing a 9-0 lead to the New York Yankees on April 21, the Red Sox bullpen has been lights-out. In their last 13 2/3 innings, Boston relievers have allowed only one run while striking out 11 and walking two.
Up next: Jon Lester (0-2) tries to get Boston to the .500 mark for the first time all season. Jake Peavy (not Chris Sale, as we initially reported) takes the mound for Chicago as the Red Sox try to win the first three of a four-game set against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET.