Reliever Rowan Wick threw Trevor Story’s comeback down the right-field line on a two-out, two-run error in the 11th inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 at Wrigley on Sunday. Field to avoid a three-game series. sweep.
With automatic runner Bobby Dalbec on second, Wick (1-3) walked Christian Arroyo leading off the 11th inning. Jarren Durran struck out and Rafael Devers flied out before Story hit a soft throw that Wick threw well over first baseman David Bote.
In a game that lasted 4 hours and 25 minutes, the Red Sox won for the second time after a seven-game winning streak. They finished a 5-4 road trip and headed home for the start of 17 straight games against rivals from the American League East.
“We got lucky,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “Tonight was routine.”
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left in the second inning with a cut on his left thigh after Willson Contreras slipped onto him while being caught stealing second. Cora said Bogaerts needed seven points.
“We’ll get on the plane and see how he feels tomorrow,” Cora said.
Bogaerts said he didn’t think Contreras intended to harm him, and he didn’t intend to blockade the base when Contreras arrived.
“I didn’t know where the plate was,” Bogaerts said. I know he probably didn’t do it on purpose. My foot being in that position, it shouldn’t be there either.”
The Red Sox snapped the Cubs’ four-game winning streak, which had tied their season high.
“They put up a fight, man,” Bogaerts said. “I’ve been on teams like that before where you have young guys who want to go out and play and prove a point and show they belong and want to stay here and impress everybody.”
After Contreras hit an RBI single in the first inning, the Red Sox tied the score in the fourth when, with runners on the corners, Franchy Cordero’s infield fly ball became an RBI single. Second baseman Christopher Morel seemed to settle under the ball, but he lost it in the sun. The wind blew the ball to the right side and it fell from the glove of first baseman Alfonso Rivas, who tried to catch a basket.
Keegan Thompson forced the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk to Durran later in the inning after leading the count 0-2.
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Patrick Wisdom tied the score in the eighth against Matt Strahm with his 17th home run, a 450-foot drive to center field.
Jake Diekman (3-0) struck out four in two hitless innings.
Red Sox starter Connor Seabold, recalled from Triple-A Worcester, allowed one run on six hits in four innings. The 26-year-old was determined to make the most of his third major league start after the Toronto Blue Jays burned him with seven earned runs and nine hits on June 27.
Thompson allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks in four innings.
“He wasn’t really hitting the spots a lot,” Thompson said. “Usually if I’m hitting my spots, then those two-strike pitches are save pitches rather than the weak-contact infield hits.”
OF Seiya Suzuki (sprained finger) was scheduled to return from Triple-A Iowa on Sunday and is expected to activate from the 10-day IL on Monday. … The Cubs placed RHP Alec Mills (lumbar strain) on the 15-day disabled list after he left Saturday’s start after just seven pitches. The Cubs recalled RHP Michael Rucker from Iowa. … RHP Marcus Stroman allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk in 2⅔ innings during a rehab start for Triple-A Iowa against Columbus as he returns from right shoulder inflammation that he has been sidelined since June 3. … Cubs manager David Ross said OF Jayson Heyward has not had an MRI as he remains on the 10-day IL with inflammation in his right knee. … Ross said 1B Frank Schwindel (lower back strain) and 2B Nick Madrigal (left groin strain) will face LHP Daniel Norris (left index finger strain) in batting practice on Tuesday. … RHP Drew Smyly (oblique strain) is scheduled for a rehab start with High-A South Bend on Monday.
Cubs LHP Justin Steele (3-5, 4.39 ERA) will start Monday to open a three-game series in Milwaukee.