Jul 2, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo (5) is congratulated at home plate by third baseman Luis Valbuena (24) after hitting a two run home run against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs Explode At Fenway, Crush Red Sox 16-9


On a night where their bats finally woke up, the Red Sox ended up on the short end of a slugfest, dropping their third-straight game to the Chicago Cubs by a score of 16-9.

Chicago went up early, scoring three runs in the first inning and led throughout the rest of the contest. They pounded Boston pitching for a total of 19 hits, including four homers, five doubles, and a triple. Justin Ruggiano went 3-for-6 with five RBI and a homer, leading the Cubs offensive onslaught at Fenway.

The Red Sox pitching staff got lit up from start to finish. Brandon Workman lasted four innings in the start, giving up six earned runs and was replaced by Felix Doubront who was smacked around for three earned runs on four hits in just 1.1 innings of work.

Craig Breslow and Junichi Tazawa finished just as poorly as the club started, combining to allow six earned runs on seven hits in the top of the ninth inning.

Well let’s look at the bright side of the evening. Mookie Betts hit his first career homer in the Majors and went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt both had three hits at the top of the lineup and the BoSox showed signs of life at the plate they haven’t exhibited in a week or so. Unfortunately, it came on a night where the Cubs just had everyone on the staff’s number.

Jon Lester will look to stop the bleeding for the Red Sox against the division-rival Baltimore Orioles. A pair of victories against the O’s would go a long way in forgetting the misery that the Cubs just brought to Fenway these past few days.

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