BOSTON — Rookie right-hander Scott Carroll came into Monday night’s game at Fenway Park with a 5.05 ERA and having been hammered in each of his last two starts.
But Monday, the 29-year-old Carroll, making his eighth major league start, became the latest pitcher to handle the last-place Boston Red Sox. He gave up one hit over 6 2/3 innings and two relievers finished off a two-hitter as the Chicago White Sox cruised to a 4-0 win over Boston in the opener of a four-game series.
Designated hitter Adam Dunn and right fielder Dayan Viciedo homered against Clay Buchholz, Dunn’s 13th of the season a solo shot in the second inning and Viciedo’s 11th a three-run job in the fourth.
The win was the fourth in the last five games and seventh in the last 10 for the White Sox, while the Red Sox fell to 1-6 on their current homestand and have lost 12 of their last 17 to fall to 39-50.
Carroll (3-5) walked two and struck out five in his first win as a starter since his major league debut on April 27. He had allowed 12 runs on 19 hits in 11 innings over his last two starts, both losses.
Carroll got 13 of his 20 outs on grounders, with only two balls besides catcher A.J. Pierzynski’s leadoff single in the third inning leaving the infield.
Javy Garra and and Zach Putnam finished up.
Buchholz (3-5) worked the first seven innings and was the victim of a lack of support and a couple of bad pitches. It was his first loss in three starts since coming off the disabled list.
Carroll’s performance was the fifth straight strong start by the White Sox. Chicago starters have a 0.74 ERA over that span.
For Dunn, the homer was the 453rd of his career, snapping a tie for 35th place on the all-time list with former Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski. Boston designated hitter David Ortiz has 450.
Both Dunn and Viciedo had two of the White Sox’s six hits.
Boston was shut out for the ninth time this season.
In the second, Dunn hit a 2-2 pitch over the bullpens in right field to put the White Sox ahead 1-0. He was 0-for-7 against Buchholz previously.
Dunn doubled with two outs in the third, and shortstop Alexei Ramirez walked on four pitches. Viciedo, who singled in the second inning, worked an 0-2 count to 3-2, then drilled a home run to right-center.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, went in order in four of the first five innings, getting only a leadoff single from Pierzynski in the third.
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Notes: The start of the game was delayed 39 minutes by rain. ... White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie was out of the lineup due to a sore right knee after getting hit by a pitch Sunday. ... The Red Sox activated 1B/OF Mike Carp from the disabled list and optioned INF Jonathan Herrera to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Boston RF Shane Victorino, on the DL since May 24 with hamstring and back trouble, starts his latest minor league rehab Wednesday. ... White Sox LHP John Danks faces Boston RHP Brandon Workman today. ... The Red Sox hadn’t announced a pitcher for Wednesday, with RHP Rubby De La Rosa the favorite but RHP Anthony Ranaudo also mentioned by manager John Farrell before Monday’s game. De La Rosa was lifted after one inning of his Triple-A start on Sunday, leaving him ready for Wednesday. ... White Sox 1B/DH Paul Konerko, retiring after the season, is a New England product making his final trip to Fenway.