Cubs - 000 201 301 - 7 10 0 Red Sox - 012 010 000 - 4 10 4Steven Wright (6.1-7-5-1-4, 100) failed to hold leads of 3-0 and 4-2. He pitched into the seventh inning, and that was when the game slipped away.
Miguel Montero hit Wright's first pitch of the fateful seventh into the Cubs' bullpen, tying the game at 4-4. When John Jay doubled with one out, manager John Farrell brought in Robby Scott. Kyle Schwarber singled on Scott's 0-2 pitch, scoring Jay with the Cubs' go-ahead run.
New reliever Ben Taylor walked Kris Bryant. Anthony Rizzo reached safely on a force at second, but there were two errors on the play, allowing Schwarber to score: Xander Bogaerts threw Rizzo's ball wildly back to first and when Mitch Moreland tracked it down, he ended up throwing it into left field.
Trailing for the first time in the game, the Red Sox were quiet over the final three innings. Koji Uehara retired the side in the seventh. Mookie Betts singled off Hector Rondon in the eighth, but was forced at second before a double play ended the inning. Wade Davis allowed a single to Dustin Pedroia (3-for-4) in the ninth, but struck out the next three batters (Jackie Bradley, Christian Vazquez, Marco Hernandez).
Earlier in the game, the Red Sox were able to get their bats going against John Lackey (6-8-4-1-4, 93). A walk by Moreland and singles from Pedroia and Bradley gave Boston a second-inning run. In the third, Bogaerts tripled and scored on Andrew Benintendi's fly to center. With two outs, Hanley Ramirez crushed a solo homer to deep left, measured at 469 feet.
Chicago quickly got two runs back against Wright in the fourth when Bryant doubled and Rizzo homered (hitting a 62 mph knuckleball). ... Benintendi hit his third home run of the year in the fifth.
Bogaerts, SSMLB's preview states that much of Wright's trouble on the mound (8.66 ERA) "can be attributed to his arm angle being a few inches higher than it should be". ... So, he's going to fix that, right?
Many Red Sox players felt a buzz in the ball park last night. Christian Vazquez: "It was like a World Series game. They have a great team and great hitters, good players. We do too. Hope to see them in the World Series."
Why did Dustin Pedroia hit sixth (for the first time*) last night? Manager John Farrell: "Looked for ways to get a little bit more running speed at the top of the order. Had a chance to talk to Pedey about this ... He's working to regain his timing and getting back into it ... I wouldn't say this was a one-day deal. We'll see how it goes."
*: Pedroia has now batted in each spot in the order in his 12-year career.