Chicago at Boston

W: C. Villanueva (4-5) L: B. Workman (1-2)
HR: CHC - J. Ruggiano (3),M. Olt (11),W. Castillo (6),N. Schierholtz (5)   BOS - M. Betts (1)

Cubs batter slumping Red Sox, complete sweep at Fenway wire reports

BOSTON -- Chicago Cubs third baseman Mike Olt spent some of his childhood days in Fenway Park thinking about what it would be like to hit a home run over the Green Monster.

He made that dream a reality Wednesday night.

Olt, who grew up in Branford, Connecticut, attended UConn and made a nearly 2½-hour trek to Boston a handful of times to watch the Red Sox, belted a two-run homer, one of four hit by Cubs in a 16-9 rout that completed a three-game interleague series sweep.

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't," Olt said when asked if he ever dreamed about hitting one over Fenway's fabled wall. "We used to go to games up here and Yankee Stadium. It's big for me and nice to have the family here to see it."

Justin Ruggiano and Welington Castillo also hit two-run homers for the Cubs, who won for the sixth time in seven games away from Wrigley Field and posted their first interleague sweep of three or more games since taking three from Cleveland in 2009.

Ruggiano drove in five runs, Darwin Barney had four hits and Nate Schierholtz added a solo home run for Chicago.

It was the Cubs' first interleague sweep on the road since winning three against the crosstown rival White Sox in 2007.

"Today they came in with the idea of hopefully having a good day, playing good baseball," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "They're happy about it and we'll go into the off day feeling good."

Mookie Betts hit his first major-league home run for the Red Sox, who lost for the ninth time in 13 games.

Red Sox DH David Ortiz became the 36th player in major-league history to collect 1,000 extra-base hits with a ground-rule double.

Boston had its streak of holding an opponent to three or fewer runs in 14 consecutive home games snapped, the longest single-season stretch since the 1917 White Sox did it in 20.

Unlike the first two games of the series when the teams combined for five runs and Boston was held hitless for 7 2/3 innings in the opener, there was plenty of offense to force both starting pitchers out early.

"It's fun to take this series the way we did," Barney said. "Obviously our pitching has been good, if we give them a little more run support they'll be a lot better."

The teams combined for nine runs in the ninth inning -- Chicago scored six -- in a game that took 4 hours, 19 minutes.

Carlos Villanueva (4-5) allowed two runs in two innings of relief for the win.

Red Sox starter Brandon Workman (1-2) allowed six runs and five hits in four innings. Travis Wood lasted just 3 2-3, giving up three runs and seven hits.

"It was a rough night from the mound," Boston manager John Farrell said. "Starting off, Brandon had a difficult time getting the ball down in the strike zone and the conditions where it's hot, the wind is carrying the ball. We made a number of pitches up in the strike zone that they were able to take advantage of."

The Cubs jumped ahead 3-0 before making an out in the first. Ruggiano homered off a billboard above the Green Monster seats after Chris Coghlan drew a leadoff walk. Anthony Rizzo walked, stole second and scored on Starlin Castro's single. Workman then struck out Luis Valbuena, bringing a loud mock cheer from the sweltering crowd.

"I didn't really set a good tone. Three runs in the first kind of gets them in a swinging mindset, they start feeling good about themselves," Workman said. "I kind of got their bats warmed up for the bullpen and kind of put some guys in some bad spots in the game."

Boston's Jonny Gomes had a sacrifice fly before Chicago built its lead to 6-1 in the fourth. Olt hit his two-run homer into Monster seats and Barney tripled and scored on Coghlan's sacrifice fly.

Ortiz had a sacrifice fly and Gomes an RBI single, slicing it to 6-3, but Castillo homered into the center-field bleachers off reliever Felix Doubront in the fifth.

Betts hit a home run into the Monster seats. Schierholtz connected in the eighth when many of the sellout crowd had already left.


Ortiz is the only active left-handed hitter with 1,000 extra-base hits. ... Farrell said OF Shane Victorino, on the 15-day DL since late May with a strained right hamstring, may take BP soon. He shagged fly balls in the outfield during BP, teaching rookie Betts how to handle the sun in right. ... Both teams are off Thursday. ... The Cubs are scheduled to open a three-game series at Washington on Friday at 11 a.m. when, in a statistical rarity at this point in the season, RHP Jason Hammel (7-5, 2.98 ERA) faces RHP Tanner Roark (7-5, 2.98). ... LHP Jon Lester (9-7, 2.92) is slated to go for the Red Sox against RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-5, 4.56) when they open a three-game set against Baltimore.

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It's a fun night for Welington Castillo and Cubs hitters in general and a frustrating one for the slumping Red Sox.  (USATSI)
It's a fun night for Welington Castillo and Cubs hitters in general and a frustrating one for the slumping Red Sox. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

D. Barney
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0

D. Pedroia
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
Chris Coghlan, LF3212111 .209
Justin Ruggiano, CF6135021 .257
Anthony Rizzo, 1B5220102 .281
Starlin Castro, SS5121011 .288
Luis Valbuena, DH5221012 .267
Welington Castillo, C4212123 .237
Nate Schierholtz, RF5222012 .207
Mike Olt, 3B5222012 .150
Darwin Barney, 2B5241000 .214
Travis Wood, P0000000 .250
   Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .000
   James Russell, P0000000 .000
   Brian Schlitter, P00000001.000
   Justin Grimm, P0000000 .000
2B - Chris Coghlan (4, Tazawa), Justin Ruggiano (9, Tazawa), Luis Valbuena (21, Breslow), Mike Olt (4, Doubront), Darwin Barney (9, Mujica)
3B - Darwin Barney (1, Workman)
HR - Justin Ruggiano (3, Workman), Welington Castillo (6, Doubront), Nate Schierholtz (5, Mujica), Mike Olt (11, Workman)
SF - Chris Coghlan (1)
SH - Chris Coghlan (2)
RBI - Chris Coghlan 2 (7), Justin Ruggiano 5 (15), Starlin Castro (48), Luis Valbuena (22), Welington Castillo 2 (26), Nate Schierholtz 2 (31), Mike Olt 2 (27), Darwin Barney (16)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Coghlan (3), Justin Ruggiano 2 (7), Welington Castillo 2 (17), Darwin Barney (7)
SB - Anthony Rizzo (2, 2nd base off Workman/Pierzynski), Starlin Castro (3, 2nd base off Workman/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 5
E - Mike Olt (5, Throwing)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
Travis Wood 3.2733430 4.62
Carlos Villanueva (W,4-5) 2222121 5.91
James Russell (H,4) 1.1211010 2.22
Brian Schlitter 1100020 2.63
Justin Grimm 1433020 4.14
HBP - Herrera (by Travis Wood)
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 93-53, Carlos Villanueva 39-25, James Russell 20-15, Brian Schlitter 20-15, Justin Grimm 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 2-6, Carlos Villanueva 4-1, James Russell 2-1, Brian Schlitter 1-0
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 23, Carlos Villanueva 10, James Russell 6, Brian Schlitter 4, Justin Grimm 7
Boston Red Sox
Brock Holt, RF6230022 .322
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5231101 .282
David Ortiz, DH4121000 .252
   a-Daniel Nava, PH-DH1012000 .218
Mike Napoli, 1B4021213 .277
Jonny Gomes, LF5012016 .234
Xander Bogaerts, 3B4000124 .242
A.J. Pierzynski, C4110125 .257
Mookie Betts, CF5222011 .200
Jonathan Herrera, SS4110011 .225
Brandon Workman, P0000000 .000
   Felix Doubront, P0000000 .000
   Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   Craig Breslow, P0000000 .000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000 .000
a-singled for Ortiz in the 9th
2B - Dustin Pedroia (24, Grimm), David Ortiz 2 (13, Wood), Mike Napoli (13, Villanueva)
HR - Mookie Betts (1, Villanueva)
SF - David Ortiz (3), Jonny Gomes (5)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia (32), David Ortiz (53), Daniel Nava 2 (7), Mike Napoli (32), Jonny Gomes 2 (29), Mookie Betts 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jonny Gomes (9)
Team LOB - 14
DP - Pedroia-Herrera-Napoli
Boston Red Sox
Brandon Workman (L,1-2) 4566332 4.17
Felix Doubront 1.1433021 5.37
Burke Badenhop 1.2100010 1.62
Edward Mujica 1211021 5.76
Craig Breslow 0.2444010 5.40
Junichi Tazawa 0.1322000 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Workman 69-42, Felix Doubront 38-24, Burke Badenhop 20-15, Edward Mujica 21-16, Craig Breslow 27-18, Junichi Tazawa 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Workman 2-7, Felix Doubront 1-1, Burke Badenhop 2-1, Edward Mujica 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Workman 20, Felix Doubront 8, Burke Badenhop 5, Edward Mujica 5, Craig Breslow 6, Junichi Tazawa 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37055
Game Time - 4:19
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Jordan Baker