Red Sox get whitewashed

Posted: Wednesday, October 05, 2005

 

  ** CORRECTS ID TO A.J. PIERZYNSKI, NOT AARON ROWAND ** Chicago White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski connects for a three-run home run in the first inning in Game 1 of the American League Division Series in Chicago, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005. Catching for the Boston Red Sox is Jason Varitek. AP Photo/Darron Cummings

** CORRECTS ID TO A.J. PIERZYNSKI, NOT AARON ROWAND ** Chicago White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski connects for a three-run home run in the first inning in Game 1 of the American League Division Series in Chicago, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005. Catching for the Boston Red Sox is Jason Varitek.

AP Photo/Darron Cummings

CHICAGO — A.J. Pierzynski homered twice, Paul Konerko, Juan Uribe and even Scott Podsednik also connected, and Chicago scored five times in the first inning Tuesday en route to a 14-2 rout of the World Series champion Red Sox in their playoff opener.

Jose Contreras pitched effectively into the eighth inning, ending Boston's eight-game postseason winning streak that carried the team to its first title in 86 years last season.

The White Sox hope to end a drought that's even longer, dating way back to the days of Shoeless Joe Jackson and their most recent World Series crown in 1917, the last time they won any playoff series at all.

One sign in the stands summed up hopes on the South Side:

''2004: Their Sox. 2005: Our Sox.''

Then again, Boston has done fine overcoming October deficits. The Red Sox rallied from 3-0 down to beat the New York Yankees in the AL championship series last year before sweeping St. Louis in the World Series for their first title since 1918.

Game 2 in the best-of-five series is Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field with Chicago's Mark Buehrle facing Boston's David Wells.

Contreras, who was 2-4 with an 11.67 ERA in his career against the Red Sox, allowed eight hits and two runs in 7 2-3 innings in his first playoff start.

Pierzynski's three-run homer capped Chicago's first-inning outburst off Matt Clement, who struggled with his control at the outset after losing three of his final five regular-season starts.

Yankees 4, Angels 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Mussina pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, rookie Robinson Cano lined a three-run double in the first and New York beat Los Angeles' Bartolo Colon again to win Game 1 of their AL division series.

Mariano Rivera saved it for the Yankees, who looked completely fresh — even after a cross-country trek on the heels of a seven-game road trip to end the regular season. They traveled West late Sunday, one day after clinching their eighth consecutive AL East title with a victory over the rival Red Sox in Boston.

Darin Erstad's RBI single cut it to 4-2 in the ninth, only the 10th earned run Rivera has allowed in 71 career postseason appearances. But the right-hander got pinch-hitter Casey Kotchman on a popup with a runner on first to seal the victory.

New York wasted little time getting to Colon, a 21-game winner and leading contender for the AL Cy Young Award.

The Angels' ace allowed three straight two-out singles in the first to the middle of New York's order — Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui — prompting a visit from pitching coach Bud Black. Cano then lined a double to left, clearing the bases.

Colon, who allowed three home runs to A-Rod on April 26 in the first of 10 meetings between the teams this season, plunked Rodriguez in the back in the second after allowing a two-out single to Jeter. Giambi followed with an RBI double to the corner in right.

Cardinals 8, Padres 5

ST. LOUIS — Reggie Sanders, Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals looked every bit like the best team in baseball — even with a shaky ending.

Sanders hit a grand slam and set an NL division series record with six RBIs, Carpenter pitched six scoreless innings before being pulled as a precaution and the Cardinals built a big lead and held off San Diego.

The Cardinals — who led the majors with 100 wins — opened an 8-0 cushion in the fifth inning against injured Padres ace Jake Peavy, who will miss the rest of the postseason with a broken rib.

An MRI after the game showed one broken rib on his right side and the possibility of a second break. A Padres spokesman said the injury — which Peavy thought may have happened during a celebratory scrum on the field after the Padres clinched the NL West on Wednesday — would take four to six weeks to heal.

But the pesky Padres weren't done. They scored once in the seventh, added another run in the eighth and then got right back into it in the ninth. San Diego scored three times and loaded the bases with two outs before closer Jason Isringhausen struck out Ramon Hernandez.

Mark Mulder will oppose San Diego's Pedro Astacio on Thursday in Game 2 of the best-of-five series.

Jim Edmonds helped out St. Louis with a home run, double and single.



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