By Sean McAdam
BOSTON -- Whatever momentum the Red Sox built on their recent 5-2 road trip has since been squandered by the poor start to the club's homestand.
The Red Sox dropped their fourth straight -- and third in a row at Fenway -- 7-4, to the Chicago White Sox, who arrived in Boston Monday seven games under .500 but scored 24 runs in sweeping Boston.
The Red Sox had a 3-0 after two innings thanks to an RBI double from Jed Lowrie and a two-run single from Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
But the White Sox clawed back against Tim Wakefield with one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and another in the sixth.
David Ortiz's second homer in as many games tied things at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth, but the White Sox netted a run off Matt Albers in the seventh then padded the lead on a two-run homer from Paul Konerko off closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth.
Lefty reliever Rich Hill, who has not allowed a run this season, grabbed his left forearm in pain after walking Adam Dunn in the seventh game and immediately left the game.
STAR OF THE GAME: Paul Konerko
Konerko delivered a run-scoring single off Matt Albers in the seventh to snap a 4-4 tie and two innings later, he added a two-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon to provide some extra padding for the White Sox.
Konerko has driven in runs in each of his last five games, including, obviously, all three of the games against the Red Sox.
HONORABLE MENTION: Gavin Floyd
Floyd was roughed up for seven innings in the first two innings, but settled down thereafter, allowing just two more hits the rest of the way.
He retired 10 consecutive batters from the second through the fifth while his teammates caught up at the plate and improved to 5-0 lifetimes against the Red Sox.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Matt Albers
After David Ortiz had tied the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth and taken starter Tim Wakefield off the hook, Albers came in and faced four hitters, allowing three hits, a run and a wild pitch.
After the Red Sox had seven hits in their first 10 plate appearances, Floyd made some adjustments and allowed just one hit over the next 18 hitters.
BY THE NUMBERS
Over the last 18 games, Red Sox catchers (Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Varitek) have combined to knock in 15 runs.
QUOTE OF NOTE
"I thought it was a poor call and a poor explanation. I asked him to get help. He said it was his call. I wish he'd gotten it right.'' - Terry Francona on 2nd base umpire Marty Foster, who called Juan Pierre safe despite replays showing that Dustin Pedroia tagged Pierre attempting to steal second.