How it happened: The White Sox’s bullpen folded late, and their offense couldn’t get going against the Red Sox’s pitchers. With the game tied at 1-1, White Sox reliever Leyson Septimo allowed a three-run home run to Adrian Gonzalez in the eighth inning. Gonzalez finished with four RBIs. White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis didn’t disappoint in his first game back at Fenway Park since being traded by the Red Sox. Youkilis went 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored the team’s lone run. A.J. Pierzynski also accounted for two White Sox hits. White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod, who was pitching on two days rest, allowed one run and matched a career-high eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
What it means: The White Sox remained in first place in the American League Central, but the Detroit Tigers continue to clip at their heels. The Tigers were defeating the Los Angeles Angels when the White Sox’s game ended. If the Tigers win, they’ll move within 2 ½ games of the White Sox.
Outside the box: The White Sox haven’t fared well against the Red Sox so far this season. The White Sox are 1-4 and have been outscored 27-11 by the Red Sox.
Up next: Philip Humber (3-4, 6.01) will make his first start since June 16 for the White Sox on Tuesday. He’s been on the disabled list with an elbow injury. Jon Lester (5-6, 4.49) will start for the Red Sox in the 6:10 p.m. game.