CHICAGO (AP) _ Franklin Morales and Ryan Kalish provided a
much-needed lift for the injured Boston Red Sox.
Morales struck out a career-high nine and Kalish hit a
tie-breaking single in the seventh inning to lead the Boston Red
Sox to a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night.
“That’s what baseball’s been for years,” Kalish said. “People
getting hurt and people stepping up. That’s just the name of this
Kalish hadn’t played in a Major League game since October 3,
2010, but was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game
when Ryan Sweeney went on the disabled list (irritation in a bone
in his left foot). Kalish stepped to the plate with the game tied
3-3 and runners at first and third and delivered a single to
“Got a chance in a big situation, kind of got over anxious at
first,” he said. “I just stepped out, told myself this is
baseball, I’ve been here before.”
Morales, starting in place of the injured Josh Beckett (right
shoulder inflammation), gave up two runs and four hits in five
innings in his first start since April 21, 2009, with Colorado.
“We had a hunch he could perform well in that situation and he
proved our hunch correct,” said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.
“He pitched five pretty good innings.”
“The confidence I have and the opportunity Bobby (Valentine)
gave me, I tried to throw strikes,” said Morales.
The Red Sox rallied in the seventh against Shawn Camp (2-4), who
gave up hits to both batters he faced _ a double to Darnell
McDonald and single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Kalish then singled to center off James Russell to drive in
McDonald and put the Red Sox ahead 4-3. Saltalamacchia scored on
pinch-hitter Will Middlebrooks’ sacrifice fly, with Kalish
advancing to third on catcher Wellington Castillo’s fielding error.
Kalish then scored on Daniel Nanva’s squeeze bunt to give the Red
Sox a 6-3 lead.
Matt Albers (2-0) pitched a scoreless sixth to pick up the win.
The Cubs loaded the bases with no outs against Alfredo Aceves in
the ninth, but after David DeJesus hit a sacrifice fly to center,
Reed Johnson struck out and Darwin Barney hit a popped out to third
to end the game.
The Red Sox continued to be bit by the injury bug Sunday.
Nava entered the game in the sixth inning in place of Scott
Podsednik, who left with left groin discomfort. Kevin Youkilis was
forced from game in the eighth after he was stepped on.
Valentine said neither player’s injury appears serious.
David Ortiz hit his 16th home run of the season in the fourth
inning off Cubs starter Paul Maholm to the left-center field
bleachers, giving Boston a 3-2 lead.
The Cubs tied it in the bottom of the sixth when, with runners
on first and third, Jeff Baker hit a comebacker to Albers, who
turned and fired to second, where both Pedroia and shortstop Mike
Aviles converged at the bag simultaneously. Aviles dropped the ball
and was charged with an error.
Barney, who had reached on an error by third baseman Kevin
Youkilis to open the inning, scored.
Dustin Pedroia, mired in a 6-for-45 slump, had two hits for the
Pedroia’s double to the gap in left-center in the first drove in
Podsednik, and Pedroia scored on Ortiz’s one-out single to put
Boston up 2-0.
Starlin Castro, who had three hits and two RBIs to end a 2-for
21 slide, got the Cubs on the board in the bottom of the first with
an RBI triple.
The Cubs, who have lost 24 of their last 31, tied it in the
second as Pedroia misplayed Castro’s popup with two outs in the
third, allowing a hustling Barney to score all the way from first
base as the play was ruled a double.
The Red Sox added a run in the eighth on Saltalamacchia’s RBI
NOTES: Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez was out of the starting lineup
for the first time this season. He struck out as a pinch-hitter the
ninth. … Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the team will likely
activate C Geovany Soto from the 15-day DL on Monday before the
series opener against the White Sox. … C Koyie Hill was released
by the Cubs on Sunday after declining an assignment to Triple-A
Iowa after clearing waivers. … RHP Matt Garza (2-5, 4.04 ERA)
will pitch Monday for the Cubs. … The Red Sox are off on Monday
and Clay Buchholz (7-2, 5.38) will take the hill on Tuesday at home
against the Miami Marlins.
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