Boston 7, Chi. Cubs 4

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, June 17, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Wrigley Field
Temperature - 84°
Umpires - Home Plate - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez,
Attendance - 38531

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Boston 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 7 12 2
Chi. Cubs 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 8 2

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Boston 33-33 14-19 19-14 W2
Chi. Cubs 22-44 14-19 8-25 L2

Recap

Red Sox 7, Cubs 4: David Ortiz hit his 16th home run and Ryan Kalish drove in the go-ahead run in his season debut as visiting Boston took the rubber game at Wrigley Field.

Dustin Pedroia added two hits, an RBI and a run and Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in a run and scored one for the Red Sox, who have won back-to-back series to pull back to .500 at 33-33.

After Chicago had taken advantage of some poor Boston defense to knot it 3-3 in the sixth inning, the Red Sox returned the favor in a three-run seventh. Kalish got the tie-breaking hit, reaching out for a pitch on the outside part of the plate and dumping a single into left to score Darnell McDonald.

Kalish eventually advanced all the way to third on a sacrifice fly and an error and made it 6-3 when he raced home on Daniel Nava’s suicide squeeze bunt. Shawn Camp (2-4) took the loss.

Franklin Morales pitched five strong innings in a spot start for the Red Sox in place of Josh Beckett (shoulder), allowing two runs and striking out a career-high nine. Matt Albers (2-0) picked up the win in relief after allowing the unearned run that tied it in the sixth.

Pedroia and Ortiz each drove in a run in the first inning as Boston jumped on top. The Cubs fought back with runs in the first and third to tie it and Ortiz gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead in the fourth with a solo blast to center field.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Starlin Castro drove in two runs for Chicago and went 3-for-4. … Kalish got the call to join the Red Sox around midnight on Saturday and flew to Chicago from Buffalo. The 24-year-old played 53 games for Boston in 2010 but lost the last year and a half due to shoulder injuries. … Red Sox OF Scott Podsednik left Sunday’s game in the fifth with a mild groin strain. Podsednik is batting .387.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Boston   Chi. Cubs
Franklin Morales Player Paul Maholm
No Decision W/L No Decision
5.0 IP 6.0
9 Strikeouts 6
4 Hits 6
3.60 ERA 4.50
Hitting
Boston   Chi. Cubs
David Ortiz Player Starlin Castro
2 Hits 3
2 RBI 2
1 HR 0
5 TB 6
.500 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Boston 12 1 17 .333 21 7 7 3 2 2
Chi. Cubs 8 0 12 .229 16 10 4 1 0 2

Upcoming Games

  • Chi. Cubs will play their next game on the road against Chi. White Sox. The Cubs have a W/L % of .304 after a win and .349 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game at home against Miami. The Red Sox have a W/L % of .545 after a win and .455 after a loss.