Each team’s starting pitchers have losing records, so far, in this early portion of the long major league season. Cubs starter, John Lackey, has 1 win against 3 losses. Red Sox starter, Steven Wright, entered the contest sporting a 1 win, 2 loss record.
Boston broke the ice when, first baseman, Mitch Moreland, was driven in on a single by Jackie Bradley Jr. in the bottom of the second inning to lead 1-0. The Red Sox increased the lead to 3-0 in the third inning, when the shortstop, Xander Bogaerts, scored on a sacrifice fly, followed by a home run by DH Hanley Ramirez.
Chicago got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth inning on a two-run homer to right center by their first baseman, Anthony Rizzo, making the score 3-2. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Boston left fielder, Andrew Benintendi, hit a homer to push the lead to 4-2. It was the final run for the home team.
The Cubs took over the second half of the ball game with good pitching and solid hitting. The top of the sixth saw Chicago’s third baseman, Kris Bryant, score on a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to one run.
The top of the seventh inning was a wild affair. Cubs catcher Miguel Montero homered on the first pitch to tie the game 4-4. One out later, left fielder John Jay doubled, and Boston replaced their starter with reliever Robby Scott. He lasted for one batter after Cubs DH Kyle Schwarber singled in Jay, to give the Cubs the lead for good. The lead was stretched to 6-4 when the Red Sox infield committed two errors allowing Schwarber to score. Ben Zobrist completed the scoring with a home run in the top of the ninth inning.
The two teams came into the game with identical 12-10 records. With this win, the Cubs now lead the St. Louis Cardinals by one game in the National League Central division and go to 13-10. The Red Sox are trailing the New York Yankees by three and a half games in the American League East.
Written By D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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