Game over: Red Sox 7, Cubs 4: It wasn’t a save situation but Alfredo Aceves needed to save himself. He allowed three straight singles before David DeJesus made the first out with a long fly ball to center scoring a run. Aceves struck out Reed Johnson and got Darwin Barney to pop out to third.
Top 9th: Red Sox 7, Cubs 3: Nick Punto and Daniel Nava singled to start the inning. After Pedroia flew out, Adrian Gonzalez pinch-hit for Kevin Youkilis and struck out. Ortiz was walked intentionally but with the bases loaded, MIke Aviles knocked into a force play.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 7, Cubs 3: Scott Atchison mows them down.
Top 8th: Red Sox 7, Cubs 3: The Sox scored an insurance run when Salty’s ground ball out scored the run. It was after Kevin Youkilis singled and Mike Aviles walked with one out. Darnell McDonald reached on an error.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 6, Cubs 3: Salty is doing it all these days. When Luis Valbuena walked and tried to advance to second on a wild pitch by Andrew Miller, Salty retried the ball quickly and made a long, accurate throw to second base to nail the runner. Mark Melancon came on and hit Reed Johnson with a pitch, but he retired Barney on a tapper back to the mound for the final out.
Top 7th: Red Sox 6, Cubs 3: The Red Sox rallied for three runs as Bobby V made all the right moves. After Darnell McDonald doubled to left to start things off, Jarrod Saltalamacchia pinch-hit for Kelly Shoppach and singled to right to put runners in scoring position. Ryan Kalish had a terrific at-bat against lefty James Russell, flaring a single to center to get the go-ahead run in. The Sox tacked on. Will Middlebrooks, pinch-hitting for Matt Albers, hit a sacrifice fly to center. Daniel Nava, who had come into the game for Scott Podsednik, who seemed to hurt his leg, dropped a bunt which scored the third run.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 3, Cubs 3: The Red Sox are playing an awful defensive game. Matt Albers relieved Franklin Morales and had nothing but bad luck. Kevin Youkilis booted Darwin Barney’s grounder to start the inning and after an infield hit by Starlin Castro, Alfonso Soriano grounded into a fielder’s choice. Jeff Baker’s tapper back to Albers created confusion of coverage at second base as both Aviles and Pedroia converged and Albers’ throw was dropped by Aviles who seemed to cut in front of Pedroia. Aviles got the error. It seemed as if Aviles shouldn’t have been in on the coverage.
Top 6th: Red Sox 3, Cubs 2: The Sox are trying to add to this lead, but managed only a Kevin Youkilis walk. Their bats sure do go silent quickly.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 3, Cubs 2: Franklin Morales struck out two more – nine on the night – and has thrown 80 pitches through five innings. It would appear that’s his last inning in what was an exceptionally strong outing.
Top 5th: Red Sox 3, Cubs 2: With one out, Franklin Morales singled up the middle but was erased on a double-play grounder by Scott Podsednik
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 3, Cubs 2: Franklin Morales mows them down again. He does indeed have excellent stuff and will be back out for a fifth inning.
Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Cubs 2: David Ortiz goes deep to center to pull the Sox ahead. His 16th homer.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Cubs 2: Some confusion on a pop-up hit by Starlin Castro where Dustin Pedroia went back and Darnell McDonald came in from right resulted in the ball bouncing off Pedroia’s glove scoring Darwin Barney with the tying run. Barney had singled with one out.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, Cubs 1: Not much doing. Pedroia singled for his second hit, but was caught stealing to end the inning.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 2, Cubs 1: Better inning for Morales who strikes out two and retires the side.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 2, Cubs 1: Paul Maholm struck out the side as he faced the bottom of the Sox order – Kelly Shoppach, Ryan Kalish and Franklin Morales. It was Kalish’ first at-bat of the 2012 season batting eighth in the Red Sox order.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 2, Cubs 1: Not the way Franklin Morales wanted to start things. Reed Johnson doubled down the line on a 1-2 pitch and after Darwin Barney popped out shortstop, Starlin Castro tripled to rightcenter scoring the first Cubs run. Morales struck out Alfonso Soriano and then got Jeff Baker on a broken-bat grounder to David Ortiz at first.
Top 1st: Red Sox 2, Cubs 0: Nice start for the Red Sox. Scott Podsednik, who started the game with a .390 average, continues to impress at the top of the order. He laced a single to center to start things against lefty Paul Maholm and came in on Dustin Pedroia’s double to left center.
Pedroia, who had a miserable 0-for-5 night Saturday night and was 3-for-21 on the road trip, certainly needed a strong start. After Kevin Youkilis drove a fly ball out to right, advancing Pedroia to third, David Ortiz singled to right, scoring Pedroia with the second Sox run.