BOSTON — Cody Ross' 5-year-old son, Hudson, stood behind him as he sat at a podium during a postgame interview session, triggering him to recall when he first started to enjoy hitting in the clutch.
"I've always wanted to be up in those situations since I was like my son's age," Ross said of his three-run homer in the ninth that lifted the Red Sox to a 3-1 win over the White Sox on Thursday. "It's a great feeling, especially when you're the hero."
Ross' dramatic shot came one night after he hit three-run homers in consecutive innings of a 10-1 win.
Before the game, he was jokingly asked if there'd be a repeat performance.
"I thought it was kind of a dumb question, but I guess it wasn't," he said.
Boston's Clay Buchholz had a solid start, allowing one run on six hits, but he was set to be the loser until Ross' blast.
"I was sitting on the couch watching," he said. "He's been in big situations and is a guy that thrives in those situations most of the year."
When Ross reached home plate, he was met by Nick Punto, who tore his jersey.
"He was famous for that in St. Louis (last postseason)," Ross said. "I met the shredder."
Matt Thornton got one out, but left with runners on first and second before Addison Reed faced Ross, who hit a 1-and-1 pitch into the Green Monster seats.
Carl Crawford opened the ninth with a single, but was erased on Dustin Pedroia's fielder's choice grounder. Adrian Gonzalez then singled to right before Reed came in. Just before the first pitch, Boston sent Punto in to pinch run, slowing Reed down a bit.
Reed just felt he missed badly with the pitch.
"It was supposed to be a fastball away, and it just sailed over the middle of the plate and he got a good piece on it," he said.
Chicago rookie left-hander Jose Quintana continued the impressive start to his career, pitching eight shutout innings. He held Boston to five hits, striking out two and not walking a batter in his 10th major-league start. The 23-year-old has held opponents two runs or fewer in eight starts.