The first game between the Cubs and Red Sox since the 1918 World Series has ended with a lopsided win by the Red Sox, who embarrassed Cubs pitching for 15 runs and 19 hits. Jon Lester, who improved to 6-1, got a shaky win for the Sox, lasting six innings and allowing all five runs. Scott Atchison pitched three scoreless innings in relief and got the save. The game lasted 3:35 before 37,140 at Fenway
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 15, Cubs 5
David Ortiz doubled Kevin Youkilis to third base with no outs. After a Mike Cameron walk loaded the bases with one out, Carl Crawford singled in two runs off Cubs reliever Jeff Samardzija. After Salty walked, Ellsbury singled in two runs with a ball off the wall, his third hit of the game. Gonzalez stroked a single to center driving in his 41st run and fourth of the game.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 10, Cubs 5
Salty stroked a single to left on which Soriano made a funky attempt to field it and saw it go passed him as Salty motored to second base. Salty was credited with a single and Soriano was charged with an error allowing him to get to second base. Gonzalez made a bid to drive him in with a long fly ball to center, but it was caught to end the inning. Scott Atchison is now in his second inning of relief after relieving Lester after six.
Top 6th: Red Sox 10, Cubs 5
If this was vs. any other team, Lester would be losing this game. He’s allowed 12 hits and five runs through six innings. He’s allowed at least two hits in every inning.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 10, Cubs 5
Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered and a double-play grounder by Gonzalez scored a second run. It was Salty’s second homer of the homestand which hit the Volvo sign in leftcenter. The Sox have 13 hits so far.
Top 5th: Red Sox 8, Cubs 5
Lester has had a laborious outing, one which was prolonged by a Jed Lowrie throwing error in the fifth. Lester had secured two outs with Baker on base with a leadoff single when Soriano reached on an infield hit on a ball Lowrie ranged into the hole to field. His throw barely eluded Gonzalez who tried to keep his foot on the bag to secure the out but the ball got by him scoring a run. Johnson doubled in two more.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 8, Cubs 2
A two-run double by Adrian Gonzalez and a two-run homer by Kevin Youkilis have broken this game open for the Sox. It was Gonzalez’ third hit, and third RBI. Youkilis has also knocked in three runs with two hits and a sac fly. Gonzalez has 40 RBI to lead the majors. Ironically, Gonzales was tied with Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre, essentially the man he replaced in the Sox lineup, with 37 entering the game. Youkilis, who has an 8-game hitting streak, is now up to 30 RBI and 8 homers for the season.
Top 4th: Red Sox 4, Cubs 2
Lester has allowed at least two baserunners in every inning. Johnson singled and Hill walked with one out before getting Castro (strikeout) and Barney (grounder to short) to end the inning.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 4, Cubs 2
A Kevin Youkilis sac fly scored Dustin Pedroia with the go-ahead run. Pedroia walked and advanced to third on Adrian Gonzalez’ wall single. After Youk got the run in, Ortiz doubled off the top of the scoreboard, but Gonzalez was thrown out trying to score 8-6-2. Lowrie, however, followed with a clutch two-out single to left scoring Ortiz, who had advanced to third on the play to the plate.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, Cubs 2
Lester was touched up for a pair of doubles and a single as the Cubs have tied this one. Rookie of the year candidate Darwin Barney hit a ground rule double to right and moved to third on Baker’s single to center. Ramirez then doubled Baker in and Pena’s ground ball out scored the tying run.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 2, Cubs 0
Lester hit Marlon Byrd and allowed a single to center to Alfonso Soriano, but wiggled out of the jam.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 2, Cubs 0
The Red Sox made things happen on the basepaths and managed to score twice against Cubs lefty Doug Davis. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with an infield hit to shortstop, advanced to second on a passed ball by catcher Koyle Hill. After Dustin Pedroia walked, he and Ellsbury pulled off a successful double-steal – the 14th for Ellsbury, 8th for Pedroia. A throwing error by Hill scored Ellsbury. Gonzalez knocked in Pedroia with a single to leftcenter. After Kevin Youkilis doubled to leftcenter, David Ortiz and Jed Lowrie made the first two outs. Mike Cameron was hitting .333 in 51 at-bats against Davis with two homers and 11 RBI before he grounded out hard to third base for the final out.
Interesting note: Both starting pitchers – Jon Lester and Doug Davis – had their personal battles with cancer.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Cubs 0
Jon Lester has had some first inning difficulty this season. He’s allowed 10 hits in 10 innings with 12 strikeouts and four walks. He allowed a pair of hits with two outs to third baseman Jeff Baker and DH Aramis Ramirez, but got Carlos Pena to fly out to deep center. Lester has allowed only a .143 average with runners in scoring position.
Welcome from Fenway. We’re about to get this historic meeting underway. Be back to you shortly . First pitch 7:11, 59 degrees.