Jermaine Dye dives but can't come up with Orlando Cabrera's triple in the first. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Daniel Hudson provided reason for optimism in his Major League starting debut after three relief appearances, lasting five innings. Hudson allowed three runs (one earned), but the Sox couldn't counter vs. Nick Blackburn. Chicago's magic number for elimination reached six.
Game Scores: Blackburn , Hudson, D . WP: Carrasco. IBB: Mauer (by Williams). HBP: Span (by Williams). Pitches-strikes: Blackburn 101-72, Guerrier 9-8, Keppel 8-5, Hudson, D 98-64, Carrasco 14-10, Williams 16-6, Pena,
R 35-24, Torres, C 8-5. Groundouts-flyouts: Blackburn 9-3, Guerrier 1-2, Keppel 1-2, Hudson, D 6-4, Carrasco 0-1, Williams 0-1, Pena, R 3-0,
Torres, C 2-1. Batters faced: Blackburn 28, Guerrier 3, Keppel 3, Hudson, D 24, Carrasco 3, Williams 4, Pena, R 10, Torres, C 3. Inherited runners-scored: Williams 1-1. Umpires: HP: Jim Reynolds. 1B: Chad Fairchild. 2B: Bill Welke.
3B: Tim Welke. Weather: 68 degrees, clear. Wind: 6 mph, R to L. T: 2:42. Att:
26,541. Venue: U.S. Cellular Field. September 21, 2009 September 21, 2009
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