BOSTON -- Left-hander Pedro Hernandez was roughed up for eight runs on 12 hits in his major-league debut, and the Boston Red Sox rolled to a 10-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park.
Hernandez, the 10th pitcher to start a game for the Sox this season and the ninth rookie to pitch, was brought up from AAA Charlotte to fill a void in the starting rotation left by Gavin Floyd's move to the disabled list on Monday. In a move that was planned in advance, Hernandez was returned to Charlotte after the game to make room for left-handed reliever Donnie Veal, who has 19 games of major-league experience with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Cody Ross hit two three-run homers against Hernandez, and Adrian Gonzalez added a solo shot after Ross' second blast. All three homers cleared the Green Monster in left field. Ross also doubled off the wall.
"Cody Ross had a big night there,'' White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. "He got a couple pitches to hit and didn't miss them and two three-run homers is big. It went sideways quick, but their guy [Felix Doubrant] threw well. Even if they only might have scored three, four or five, he was pretty tough.''
The Sox were held to four hits.
"It wasn't a heartbreaker. It's just crumple it up, throw it out and see if we can get tomorrow's for the split,'' Konerko said.
The division-leading Sox (50-41) lost ground in the American League Central to the Detroit Tigers, whose victory against the Angels pulled them to within 2 1/2 games of the Sox. The fourth and final game of the series is Thursday night.
Konerko, playing in his 2,000th game in a White Sox uniform, singled in the Sox' run with an opposite field single in the first inning against Boston starter Felix Doubrant (10-4).
Konerko took some pride in the milestone.
"Definitely,'' he said. "That's not something you enjoy now. I certainly didn't enjoy that game too much. But I think in today's game, you don't see too many guys get to that mark with a team or even a 1,000 games because of the way guys move around with trades and free agency. So I'm definitely proud of that. It takes me wanting to be here and the team wanting me to be here too. It's definitely kind of cool and hopefully I've got a few more left in me.''
Hernandez, 23, was acquired along with pitching prospect Simon Castro from the Padres during the off-season in a trade for outfielder Carlos Quentin. He was 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA between AA Birmingham and Nashville.
"Yeah, early little shots were kind of getting through and then Ross got him twice,'' manager Robin Ventura said. "Other than that, he was throwing strikes like you want him to do. They just have a good hitting team.''
"I got to give [Ross] credit for being a good batter,'' Hernandez said. "It's one of those I felt like I threw him a good pitch, and that's what he did. Just one of those where he got it out of the park.
"It's a bittersweet experience. It's one of those where you come up here and really get to see the talent of the players. I was happy to be here, but by the same token, I'm sad I didn't help the team. So it's something you learn from and keep going from there."