After pitching a perfect game last weekend, Chicago starter Philip Humber was given a sharp dose of reality in front of his home fans on Thursday as Kevin Youkilis smashed a grand slam to power Boston to a 10-3 win over the White Sox.
Back on the mound for the first time since tossing just the 21st perfect game in the major leagues on Saturday, Humber (1-1) was far from perfect against Boston, giving up nine runs on eight hits over five shaky innings at U.S. Cellular Field.
If Humber harbored any dreams of back-to-back perfect outings they were squashed quickly as the right-hander walked Mike Aviles to open the game before serving up a one-out single to Dustin Pedroia and an RBI double to Adrian Gonzalez.
David Ortiz singled to left centre to push across another run and give Boston the early 2-0 lead.
Chicago pulled a run back in the bottom of the first but the Red Sox answered with a five-run burst in the third, Youkilis doing the major damage by taking a Humber pitch over the wall in right for his second career grand slam.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia cracked a solo homer to extend the lead to 7-1 in the third and also had a two-run blast in the fifth.
Boston's Felix Doubront (1-0) took the win, yielding three runs on five hits in six solid innings.
(Reporting by Steve Keating; Editing by Peter Rutherford)