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Conor Gillaspie homers in 8-3 White Sox victory

BOSTON – The side of Conor Gillaspie's right knee was colored by a red and purple bruise Tuesday afternoon, the result of the pitch that hit his leg and sidelined him Sunday and Monday.

The White Sox third baseman said from the visitors' clubhouse at Fenway Park that the knee still was a little sore but not enough to keep him from the game later Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Clearly the soreness didn't affect his hitting either.

In his first three at-bats of the night, Gillaspie hit a single, double and home run to help the White Sox to an 8-3 victory over the Red Sox, their third straight victory.

The White Sox have won five of their last six games and eight of their last 11.

"It could have been a lot worse," Gillaspie said of the injury. "If it would have actually hit my patella, I could have been in trouble, but it missed it by a couple of inches, so it was good."

The White Sox scored thanks in part to each of Gillaspie's hits against Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman, including two unearned runs in the second inning.

White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn walked and Alexei Ramirez and Gillaspie singled to load the bases with no outs. Dayan Viciedo then reached base on first baseman Mike Napoli's fielding error, allowing a run to score. A second run scored when Alejandro De Aza grounded into a double play for a 2-0 lead.

Gillaspie doubled to the left-field wall in the fourth inning. He advanced on a groundout and scored on De Aza's RBI single, which fell in over the head of Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew for a 3-0 White Sox lead.

The Red Sox charged back in the fifth inning with five hits off White Sox left-hander John Danks. Brock Holt started with a triple that White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton tumbled and missed. Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli each hit RBI doubles to cut the White Sox lead to 3-2. After a Jonny Gomes single, Xander Bogaerts hit an RBI single to tie the game.

Danks struck out David Ross and Stephen Drew to end the inning in a tie.

Gillaspie fired back in the sixth inning, hitting a two-run homer to give the White Sox a 5-3 lead. It was Gillaspie's second homer of the season.

De Aza added an RBI triple in the ninth inning, and Gordon Beckham drove him in with a double. Paul Konerko added a pinch-hit, ground-rule double to push the White Sox lead to 8-3.

Danks lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, walking four and striking out four.

The White Sox haven't put together a winning streak of longer than four games this season, but Dunn said this week that he thinks the team is capable of going on a longer spurt.

"Every team has a good run in them," Dunn said. "Hopefully we have multiple. Right now, offensively we're not putting up huge numbers, but we're still getting wins, and that's the name of the game right now."

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