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Sun, 04/29/2012 - 5:09pm  

Red Sox not quite perfect on road trip

CHICAGO -- The Red Sox were forced to finish their road trip with a 6-1 mark, dropping the series finale against the White Sox, 4-1, Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Earning the win for the White Sox was starter Gavin Floyd, who no-hit the visitors through the first 6 1/3 innings before Dustin Pedroia pushed a single to the opposite field in the seventh. Floyd finished giving up one run on two hits while striking out nine.

Josh Beckett, who got the start for the Red Sox, tried to keep pace with Floyd, but succumbed to a three-run first inning which was highlighted by Adam Dunn's two-run home run. Beckett finished tying a career-high with 126 pitches, marking the first time since July 21, 1998 that Red Sox pitchers have thrown back-to-back games of 121 pitches or more (Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield).

Beckett finished his 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits, striking out eight and walking three. He lowered his ERA to 4.45.

The White Sox were able to add an insurance run in the eighth inning when Rich Hill -- making his first appearance since last June -- put a pair of runners on before Junichi Tazawa allowed an RBI single to Dayan Viciedo.

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