BOSTON -- The most popular baseball team in Chicago these days?
It’s the Red Sox, in a runaway.
A week after the National League’s Cubs swept three straight from the Red Sox, the White Sox have won the first two of their four-game set against the Olde Towne Teame, with ace Chicago lefty Chris Sale on deck Wednesday night.
The result: After the Red Sox rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the score with three runs in the fifth, White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie hooked a two-run home run around the Pesky Pole off Red Sox starter Brandon Workman in the sixth, and the White Sox tacked on three more in the ninth against relievers Burke Badenhop and Craig Breslow for an 8-3 win before a crowd of 35,345.
Home, hellacious home: The Red Sox are now 1-7 on this 10-game homestand, and 21-26 at the Fens this season. Sox COO Sam Kennedy might want to change the street signs outside the ballpark to read 35th and Shields, replace the Ted statue with one of Minnie Minoso, and put the Sears Tower on the video board just to make the Sox feel like they’re anywhere but “Friendly Fenway.”
The standings: The first-place Orioles were rained out Tuesday night, so the Sox lost just a half-game in the standings in the AL East. They trail Baltimore by 10 ½ games and are a season-low 12 games under .500.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Red Sox had a major-league record streak of 47 straight seasons without losing 50 games before the All-Star break. That streak began with the Impossible Dreamers of Carl Yastrzemski. It ended with the Walking Dead of John Farrell, now 39-51.
Error of their ways: Normally sure-handed first baseman Mike Napoli dropped the ball as he was preparing to throw home for a force, then dropped it again as everybody was safe in Chicago’s two-run second inning against Workman. Both runs were unearned.
Napoli tried to make up for his miscue with his bat, doubling and singling twice and drawing a walk, but it wasn’t enough.
Extra, extra: The White Sox had seven extra-base hits Tuesday night to support John Danks (8-6). Cuban slugger Jose Abreu doubled twice and singled, Alejandro de Aza tripled and scored in the ninth, Gillaspie singled, doubled and homered, and Rhode Islander Paul Konerko hit a pinch RBI double in the ninth.