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Cubs rally while Red Sox implode in eight-run eighth

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BOSTON -- Patience paid off for Reed Johnson and the Chicago Cubs.

For the Boston Red Sox, an eighth inning of poor pitching and fielding helped end their seven-game winning streak.

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Johnson has started just seven games this season. And the Cubs trailed 3-1 after seven innings before beginning their comeback to a 9-3 victory on Saturday night.

He had a go-ahead double in an eight-run eighth on Saturday night and the Cubs gained a split of their first two games at Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series with both teams wearing replica uniforms from that year.

"I was just trying to come in every day and keep doing what I was doing," Johnson said. "I was working on a lot of things in the [batting] cage."

Johnson didn't even start on Saturday. But when Marlon Byrd was beaned by Alfred Aceves in the second -- and walked off under his own power -- Johnson ran for him and stayed in the game in center field.

Chicago manager Mike Quade thought Byrd would stay overnight in a hospital.

"You're nervous," said Johnson, who is batting .392 but has only 51 at bats in 31 games. "You never want to see something like that."

The Cubs' last visit to the 99-year-old stadium before Friday night's 15-5 loss was in the World Series 93 years ago. Chicago won the fifth game then, but Boston took the championship by winning Game 6.

The Red Sox had victory in sight again on Saturday, leading 3-1. But Matt Albers failed to retire any of the six batters he faced in the eighth and his teammates committed three errors in the inning.

They spent about four hours in first place in the AL East when Tampa Bay lost to Florida 5-3. Their first stay at the top this season marked a stunning turnaround for a team that began the season at 2-10.

Then came the wild turn of events in the eighth.

Before then, Aramis Ramirez had given Chicago a 1-0 lead in the third with an RBI double. Boston went ahead on David Ortiz's two-run homer, his ninth of the year, after Kevin Youkilis led off the fourth with a single.

"Tough lineup. They have a pretty good idea of what they're trying to do at the plate," Chicago starter Carlos Zambrano said. "Just one mistake -- to Big Papi."

Jacoby Ellsbury's run-scoring single made it 3-1 in the sixth against Zambrano before Sean Marshall (2-0) came in to end the inning.

Then Albers (0-2) relieved in the eighth and Boston's chances of winning faded fast.

"I didn't think he pitched as bad as the line's going to show," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro singled and Ramirez walked, loading the bases. Carlos Pena then walked in a run before Johnson doubled to left, putting the Cubs ahead to stay. Alfonso Soriano followed with a popup to short left field where shortstop Jed Lowrie let it bounce off his glove for an error as Pena scored.

"Overran it, misjudged the wind," Lowrie said. The conditions have "been tough all year. It's no excuse, just got to play it. What can you do?"

Franklin Morales, obtained Thursday from Colorado, relieved Albers and his first pitch went for an RBI double by pinch-hitter Jeff Baker. Koyie Hill struck out and Barney flew to right, where J.D. Drew's catch was only the beginning of a bizarre play.

He threw home and Soriano, who had tagged up, headed back to third. Catcher Jason Varitek's throw ticked off third baseman Kevin Youkilis' glove. Youkilis was charged with an error and left fielder Carl Crawford, who backed him up, threw wildly to home for another error as Soriano and Baker scored.

Castro followed with an RBI double, making it 9-3.

The Red Sox throwback uniforms were an off-white color with no team name on the front -- a good idea, perhaps, considering they wouldn't want to be associated with the way they played in the eighth.

"I thought it was a cool look," Lowrie said.

The Cubs wore grey uniforms with blue pinstripes and the word "Cubs" on the left breast.

Notes

  • Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless ninth, extending his streak to 23 2/3 inning without a run.
  • RHP Matt Garza was scratched from his scheduled start in the series finale Sunday with stiffness in his pitching elbow. Quade indicated that lefty reliever James Russell was the leading candidate to start against Tim Wakefield.
  • Youkilis was hit by a pitch for the 72nd time, breaking a tie with Mo Vaughn for the Red Sox record.
  • Ortiz's home run made him the fifth player to hit at least 300 with the Red Sox. The others are Ted Williams (521), Carl Yastrzemski (452), Jim Rice (382) and Dwight Evans (379).
  • Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks is expected to throw his first bullpen session on Monday since going on the disabled list May 5 with a strained right biceps.
 
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Jed Lowrie drops a pop fly in a tumultuous eighth inning in which the Cubs turn a 3-1 deficit into a 9-3 victory.  (US Presswire)
Jed Lowrie drops a pop fly in a tumultuous eighth inning in which the Cubs turn a 3-1 deficit into a 9-3 victory. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Chicago

S. Castro
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kosuke Fukudome, RF2200211 .321
Darwin Barney, 2B4120110 .323
Starlin Castro, SS5121013 .324
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4111102 .297
Carlos Pena, 1B3101212 .223
Marlon Byrd, CF0000000 .308
    Reed Johnson, PR-CF4112011 .392
Alfonso Soriano, DH5110001 .263
Blake DeWitt, LF3000012 .231
   a- Jeff Baker, PH1111000 .378
    Tony Campana, LF0000000 .500
Koyie Hill, C4010013 .227
Totals3599667  
a-doubled for DeWitt in the 8th
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (11, Morales), Aramis Ramirez (11, Aceves), Reed Johnson (7, Albers), Jeff Baker (6, Morales)
RBI - Starlin Castro (21), Aramis Ramirez (17), Carlos Pena (19), Reed Johnson 2 (15), Jeff Baker (13)
2-OUT RBI - Starlin Castro (9), Aramis Ramirez (2)
SB - Kosuke Fukudome (1, 2nd base off Aceves/Varitek)
CS - Carlos Pena (2, 2nd base by Wheeler/Varitek)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Castro-Barney-Pena
PB - Koyie Hill (2)
E - Koyie Hill (5, Interference)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Zambrano 5.2733321 4.88
Sean Marshall (W,2-0) 1.1100100 1.42
Kerry Wood 1000000 2.50
Carlos Marmol 1100000 1.29
IBB - Lowrie by Sean Marshall
HBP - Youkilis (by Carlos Zambrano)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 121-71, Sean Marshall 25-11, Kerry Wood 14-8, Carlos Marmol 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 7-8, Sean Marshall 4-0, Kerry Wood 1-2, Carlos Marmol 1-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 29, Sean Marshall 6, Kerry Wood 3, Carlos Marmol 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4011002 .296
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5000012 .238
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5020003 .328
Kevin Youkilis, 3B3120101 .280
David Ortiz, DH5112005 .294
J.D. Drew, RF4000003 .239
Jed Lowrie, SS2010210 .316
Carl Crawford, LF4110004 .213
Jason Varitek, C3010101 .197
Totals3539342  
Batting
HR - David Ortiz (9, Zambrano)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (22), David Ortiz 2 (22)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (15, 2nd base off Zambrano/Hill), Dustin Pedroia (9, 2nd base off Marshall/Hill)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - J.D. Drew 1
DP - Youkilis-Pedroia-Gonzalez, Varitek-Pedroia
E - Carl Crawford (2, Throwing), Jed Lowrie (7, Dropped fly), Kevin Youkilis (4, Missed catch of throw)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alfredo Aceves 5311220 2.42
Dan Wheeler (H,1) 1.1000110 10.03
Rich Hill (H,2) 0.2100020 0.00
Matt Albers (BS,1; L,0-2)0365200 4.15
Franklin Morales 2220120 3.38
HBP - Fukudome (by Alfredo Aceves), Byrd (by Alfredo Aceves)
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Aceves 86-56, Dan Wheeler 19-10, Rich Hill 17-11, Matt Albers 31-19, Franklin Morales 33-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Aceves 6-6, Dan Wheeler 1-1, Franklin Morales 1-3
Batters Faced - Alfredo Aceves 21, Dan Wheeler 4, Rich Hill 3, Matt Albers 6, Franklin Morales 9
Game Information
Attendance - 37798
Game Time - 3:51
Temperature - 53
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Brian O'Nora