BOSTON -- The Red Sox narrowly avoided being no-hit on Monday night Cubs righthander Jake Arrieta dominated them for 7 2/3 innings, before Stephen Drew’s single with two outs in the eighth. But the Sox couldn’t avoid the loss, falling to Chicago, 2-0.
Arrieta, who entered the game with a record of 0-3 and a 5.90 ERA in six career games, five starts, against the Sox, allowed just two baserunners in the game. He issued a one-out walk to Mike Napoli in the fifth in addition to Drew’s hit.
Nate Schierholtz provided the Cubs all the offense they would need with his two-out, two-run home run in the fourth, scoring Welington Castro, who walked ahead of him.
Jake Peavy took the loss, going six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts and a wild pitch. He falls to 1-7 (4.82 ERA). Peavy has not won since April 25, 12 starts ago.
MVP: Jake Arrieta
The righthander entered the game with a record of 0-3 and 5.90 ERA in six career games, five starts, against the Red Sox. But he completely shut down the Sox lackluster offense on Monday night. He went 7 2/3 innings, and allowed just two baserunners, on a hit and a walk with 10 striekouts, one shy of his season high.
GOAT: The Sox offense
The Sox matched their season low with two hits and had just three baserunners in all, their fewest in a game since they had three baserunners on Aug. 23, 2013, at the Dodgers. It was their eighth shutout loss of the season.
Xander Bogaerts made a nice play on Darwin Barney to end the seventh.
QUOTE OF THE GAME:
“It was pretty self-explanatory, wasn’t it?” – Dustin Pedroia, on the Sox 2-0, 2-hit loss to the Cubs.
NUMBERS TO KNOW:
Peavy went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts, a home run, and a wild pitch. His record falls to 1-7 with a 4.82 ERA. Although he has not won in his last 12 starts, he posted his 10th quality start in his 16 outings this season. He entered the game with the second-lowest run support in the American League, and is now at 3.01 runs of support per outing.
WHAT IT MEANS:
The Sox had built up a modicum of momentum, finishing a disappointing 4-6 road trip with two straight wins at Yankee Stadium. But that momentum was lost in the homestand opener Monday night against the Yankees. With the loss, the Sox fell to 38-45, while falling back to .500, at 20-20, at Fenway this season. They snapped their two-game, mini win streak, and also snapped their six-game win streak against National League teams. It was their eighth shutout loss of the season. The Sox are 4-7 in their last 11 games and finish June with a record of 12-16. They are now 5-26 when they score fewer than three runs, and 7-6 in two-run games.
The Sox and Cubs continue their three-game series Tuesday at Fenway at 7:10 p.m. Right-hander Clay Buchholz (3-4, 6.75) is scheduled to start, opposed by Cubs righty Edwin Jackson (5-8, 5.22).
Although Buchholz has had a subpar season, in his first start off the disabled list, June 25 at Seattle, he earned the win, giving up four runs in seven innings. At Fenway, though, he is just 1-2 with a 8.66 ERA.
He will be facing the Cubs for the first time in his career. In seven career interleague starts he is 4-0 with a 5.61 ERA. His last interleague start was May 26, when he gave up six runs in three innings. It was his last outing before going on the DL.
Jackson has also struggled this season. He posted and ERA of 6.23 in June. In 13 career games, 10 starts, against the Sox he is 2-4 (5.49). In his last outing, June 25 against the Reds, he took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.