Cubs - 000 001 001 - 2 7 0 Red Sox - 000 010 000 - 1 8 0Yet another strong pitching performance - this time, by Clay Buchholz (6.1-5-1-0-2, 100) - was wasted because the Red Sox could not score more than a single run. Boston left nine men on base, including two in the fourth and three in the fifth.
The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead with two outs in the fifth. Jackie Bradley doubled to the opposite field and went to third as Brock Holt singled to left. Dustin Pedroia's (3-for-5) line drive to left was nearly caught by shortstop Starlin Castro, as the ball glanced off his glove, but it landed in left field, and Bradley scored. David Ortiz walked to load the bases, but Mike Napoli ended the rally with a fielder's choice to shortstop.
The Cubs quickly tied the game. Justin Ruggiano began the top of the sixth with a double (ending a string of 13 straight batters retired by Buchholz). Ruggiano took third on Darwin Barney's single and scored on Chris Coghlan fielder's choice.
Chicago took the lead against Koji Uehara in the ninth. Anthony Rizzo lined Uehara's first pitch into center for a single. Castro doubled to the Wall in left, and Rizzo advanced to third. Luis Valbuena lofted a fly ball to Mookie Betts in right field, deep enough for Rizzo to score the go-ahead run.
In the ninth, against Hector Rondon, Betts flied to center and Bradley struck out looking. Brock Holt kept things alive with an infield hit to third, but Pedroia grounded out to third. The play at first was extremely close, but after being reviewed the original call of "out" was upheld.
Pedroia had his third three-hit game in four starts. A.J. Pierzynski and Holt each had two hits.