It was almost perfect for Boston Red Sox fans: They cheered Kevin Youkilis early in the game and enjoyed a late-inning rally by their team. A limping David Ortiz just put a bit of a damper on the nice night.
Adrian Gonzalez spoiled Youkilis' return to Fenway Park, hitting a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning of a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis on June 24, sending the three-time All-Star and cash to Chicago for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and a minor league pitcher. Youkilis went 3 for 4 with two doubles in his first game back at his longtime home.
Youkilis was serenaded with chants of ''Yooooouk'' when he stepped to the plate in the first.
''It was a great ovation. It was just a cool thing from the fans,'' he said. ''I can't thank them enough for all the support they've given me.''
The Red Sox received a scare when Ortiz came up limping after rounding second on Gonzalez's homer and limped badly all the way to the dugout.
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he'll have an MRI on his right Achilles on Tuesday.
''He's little upset and a little sore, but it doesn't look he pulled anything or tore anything,'' he said. ''It's probably going to be some days, though. It's that Achilles. You know, he's had the heel and where the Achilles attaches in the back of the heel. I guess he's had it in the past.''
Ortiz spoke briefly and was somewhat encouraged.
''Yeah, I got sore, but I didn't feel any pop, so that's a good sign,'' he said. ''I iced it so it's not as bad as it was.''
Carl Crawford returned to Boston's lineup after missing the entire season with left elbow and wrist injuries, going 1 for 3 with a walk.
Crawford and Ortiz opened the eighth with consecutive walks against Leyson Septimo (0-1). Gonzalez then hit a drive into the seats above the Green Monster for just his seventh homer of the season.
Vicente Padilla (3-0) worked one inning for the win, and Alfredo Aceves finished the game.