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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Red Sox Rebound, White Sox Slipping

TORONTO -- One day after snapping an 11-game losing streak, the Red Sox won another big game against the Toronto Blue Jays. In an offensive explosion during the first inning of Tuesday's game in Toronto the Red Sox sent 16 men to the plate in a 10-run first inning that featured five run-scoring doubles as Boston demolished Toronto 13-1. The half inning lasted 41 minutes and also included seven walks. Mo Vaughn doubled twice and had three RBI in the first and Scott Cooper and John Valentin each had two-run doubles. Mike Greenwell also drove in a run with a double as Boston fell one double short of the major-league record of six in one inning by the 1934 Washington Senators. Aaron Sele (6-3) allowed four hits and one earned run over seven innings for Boston. Brad Cornett (0-2) allowed three hits, six earned runs, and walked three in just one-third of an inning for the loss. n The signs of a team in trouble surround the Chicago White Sox these days -- post-game meetings, a somber locker room and a suddenly unreliable bullpen. It seems no lead is safe anymore for a team that was favored in the American League Central and that won the AL West last year. For 44 days this season, the White Sox were right where they thought they would be -- in first. But no more. As of Tuesday night's 7-2 victory over Florida, Chicago has 12 losses in 16 games. "It's getting a little contagious," said Thomas, the league's 1993 MVP, who hit his 25th homer Monday night but still was trying to explain what happened in a 12-6 loss to the Texas Rangers. The White Sox led 6-2 in the eighth and then the Rangers, in a skid of their own, scored seven in the eighth and three more in the ninth. Manager Gene Lamont called a meeting Monday night after the disheartening loss, the second closed-door session he has held in nine days. If he were to look for a main reason for the slide, he would probably turn to the bullpen. The relievers have squandered a lead five times in the last 11 games. And during that stretch, the Sox have allowed 31 runs from the eighth inning on. n Ron Gant, the former Atlanta Braves star who was released in March after breaking his leg in a dirt-bike accident, signed a two-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Gant, 29, was placed on the 15-day disabled list and the Reds hope he will be ready to play sometime next month. "We feel that when Ron is healthy he is capable of hitting 30 homers, driving in 100 runs and stealing 30 bases," Reds general manager Jim Bowden said in a statement. Gant averaged 29 home runs, 97 RBI and 31 steals in the last four years for the Braves. The Braves released Gant in March after he sustained a multiple compound fracture of his right leg in the Feb. 3 accident. That was a week after he signed the richest one-year contract in baseball, worth $5.5 million. (AP,Reuters)