Hot day in Chicago. Here's a preview of the game:
RED SOX (31-33)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (3-4, 4.57)
Pitching: RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-4, 3.96)
Game time: 7:15 p.m.
TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI
Cubs vs. Lester: DeJesus 1-15, Johnson 2-6, Soriano 3-6, Baker 4-4, Barney 1-4, Castro 0-4, LaHair 0-2, Valbuena 0-2.
Red Sox vs. Samardzija: Punto 1-1, Youkilis 0-2, Gonzalez 1-1, McDonald 0-1, Ortiz 1-1, Pedroia 0-1, Salty 0-0 (with a walk).
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox bullpen has allowed two earned runs over 18.2 innings in the last eight games while striking out 18.
Notes: Lester has faced the Cubs once, last May 20. He allowed a career-worst 12 hits (over six innings) but won the game as the Sox scored 15 runs. ... Samardzija pitched in that game, allowing five runs (three earned) in an innings. ... Podsednik is 9 of 22 in his last five games. ... The Sox are 7.5 games out of first, matching their biggest deficit of the season. They have lost five of seven and eight of 11.
Song of the Day: "Helplessly Hoping" by Crosby, Stills & Nash.