Rizzo hits 1 of Cubs' 3 HRs in 7-4 win over Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) The Chicago Cubs adjusted quickly to Steven Wright's knuckleball.

Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer, and Miguel Montero had a solo shot off Wright, helping the Cubs rebound from a series-opening loss with a 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

''I thought we did a nice job. It's just awkward hitting against the knuckleball,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''There is no real training ground for it. You don't necessarily get a guy out there throwing a knuckleball in BP.''

All the Cubs faced Wright for the first time.

After collecting just one single in the first three innings, Rizzo's homer started Chicago's comeback from a 3-0 deficit. Montero's shot tied it in the seventh.

''It's just hard. You really don't know what to look for,'' Montero said before joking ''I told the umpire I'm going to close my eyes and swing hard in case I hit it.''

Ben Zobrist added a solo homer, and Kris Bryant had two hits and scored twice for Chicago, backing a decent start by former Red Sox righty John Lackey.

Lackey (2-3) gave up four runs in six innings, snapping his string of losses in three straight starts. He was part of Boston's 2013 World Series title team.

Lackey said he texted former teammate Dustin Pedroia on the way to the ballpark.

Hanley Ramirez and Andrew Benintendi had solo homers for the Red Sox, who have the majors' fewest homers. Boston's streak of nine straight interleague wins in Fenway Park was snapped.

Wright (1-3) gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

''I think with the exception of the 0-2 slow knuckleball that Steven threw to Rizzo, this was his best knuckleball that he's had to date,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Wright has given up nine homers after allowing only 12 last season.

''I felt a lot better today overall,'' he said. ''The one pitch I wish I could get back was that 0-2 pitch to Rizzo. I was trying to get it a little bit more in front of the plate and it kind of stood up a little bit and he made me pay.''

Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

With summer-like temperatures for the second straight day and a marquee matchup with the defending champs, there was added buzz around the ballpark hours before the game.

Mixed in the fans flocking around Fenway were numerous Cubs fans wearing jerseys - many with ''Sandberg,'' `'Bryant'' or ''Rizzo'' on the back. There was a loud ''Let's Go Cubbies!'' in the ninth, and that was followed by some large `'W'' flags after the Cubs won - a staple in Wrigley Field.

The Cubs overcame a 4-2 deficit with a run in the sixth inning and three in a seventh that was highlighted by two errors on one play.

Zobrist's run-scoring grounder sliced it to 4-3. Montero homered leading off the seventh against Wright before Kyle Schwarber's RBI single pushed them ahead.

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts threw the ball away for an error on Rizzo's fielder's choice, allowing Schwarber to score. First baseman Mitch Moreland retrieved and fired it into left field.

Jackie Bradley Jr.'s RBI single made it 1-0 in the second.

Benintendi had a sacrifice fly and Ramirez belted his homer over the Green Monster seats completely out of Fenway, a shot estimated at 469 feet, in the third.

Bryant opened the fourth with a hard single and Rizzo followed with his drive to the back of Chicago's bullpen.

Benintendi hit his homer over Boston's bullpen.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Ace LHP David Price, out since spring training with a strained left elbow, threw a two-inning simulated game before batting practice. ''I know when he walked off he said he felt good,'' Farrell said. The plan is to have a bullpen Monday and another simulated Thursday.

SPECIAL GUEST

Cubs President Theo Epstein brought Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball captain who was diagnosed with ALS five years ago and inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for the disease, onto the field before the game. He also went to the clubhouse and brought Bryant and Rizzo with him after introducing Maddon.

WHAT'S THAT?

The Cubs hadn't faced a knuckleballer since 2011.

That year, they lost to then-Boston RHP Tim Wakefield before beating R.A. Dickey - with Toronto at the time - four days later.

BOBBLES

The Red Sox committed a season-high four errors. Wright fired wide of first and Marco Hernandez misplayed a grounder for the other two.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-1, 4.50 ERA) is set to start Sunday night's nationally televised finale with his first career start against Boston.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (1-1, 3.12) is slated to make his first career start against the Cubs.

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  • W: J. Lackey (2-3)L: S. Wright (1-3)S: W. Davis (6)
  • HR: CHC - M. Montero (2), B. Zobrist (3), A. Rizzo (6), BOS - H. Ramirez (2), A. Benintendi (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber DH51110023.211.336.356.6922.0
K. Bryant 3B42200110.290.396.495.8916.5
A. Rizzo 1B51121003.269.382.516.8987.0
B. Zobrist 2B-LF51121012.214.329.386.7156.5
J. Heyward RF40100110.280.344.415.7591.5
A. Russell SS40000002.269.313.419.7320.0
M. Montero C41211011.394.429.6061.0356.5
A. Almora CF40100001.279.354.488.8431.0
J. Jay LF31100101.389.476.500.9764.0
J. Baez 2B0000-000.203.262.339.000-
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    X. Bogaerts SS41100012.310.355.352.7073.5
    A. Benintendi LF31121010.326.388.477.8646.5
    M. Betts RF40100010.304.368.456.8240.5
    H. Ramirez DH41111011.250.305.368.6735.5
    M. Moreland 1B31000101.286.375.500.8752.0
    D. Pedroia 2B40300000.288.354.301.6553.0
    J. Bradley CF40110021.231.295.359.6541.0
    C. Vazquez C40100013.452.485.6451.1300.5
    M. Hernandez 3B40100013.286.314.327.6401.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Bryant 2 (10), J. Jay (2)
      • HR - A. Rizzo (6), B. Zobrist (3), M. Montero (2)
      • RBI - K. Schwarber (9), A. Rizzo 2 (17), B. Zobrist 2 (11), M. Montero (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Zobrist (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Hernandez (2)
      • 3B - X. Bogaerts
      • HR - A. Benintendi (3), H. Ramirez (2)
      • SF - A. Benintendi (2)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (14), H. Ramirez (9), J. Bradley (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Ramirez (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Jay
      FIELDING
      • E - X. Bogaerts (3), M. Hernandez (3), M. Moreland (3), S. Wright
      • PB - C. Vazquez (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lackey (W, 2-3)6.08441425.101.5014.0
      K. Uehara (H, 3)1.00000101.860.003.5
      H. Rondon (H, 4)1.01000000.961.002.0
      W. Davis (S, 6)1.01000300.001.0010.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lackey (W, 2-3)6.0
      K. Uehara (H, 3)1.0
      H. Rondon (H, 4)1.0
      W. Davis (S, 6)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Wright (L, 1-3)6.17551428.251.262.0
      R. Scott0.01100002.080.00-1.0
      B. Taylor2.01002101.171.503.5
      F. Abad0.21110115.061.50-1.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Wright (L, 1-3)6.1
      R. Scott0.0
      B. Taylor2.0
      F. Abad0.2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lackey 93-67, K. Uehara 11-8, H. Rondon 13-7, W. Davis 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lackey 9-4, H. Rondon 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Lackey 26, K. Uehara 3, H. Rondon 3, W. Davis 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Wright 100-70, R. Scott 3-3, B. Taylor 41-25, F. Abad 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Wright 7-8, B. Taylor 2-4
      • Batters Faced - S. Wright 27, R. Scott, B. Taylor 10, F. Abad 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      K. Schwarber DH51110023.211.336.356.6922.0
      K. Bryant 3B42200110.290.396.495.8916.5
      A. Rizzo 1B51121003.269.382.516.8987.0
      B. Zobrist 2B-LF51121012.214.329.386.7156.5
      J. Heyward RF40100110.280.344.415.7591.5
      A. Russell SS40000002.269.313.419.7320.0
      M. Montero C41211011.394.429.6061.0356.5
      A. Almora CF40100001.279.354.488.8431.0
      J. Jay LF31100101.389.476.500.9764.0
      J. Baez 2B0000-000.203.262.339.000-
      Total38710633613-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        X. Bogaerts SS41100012.310.355.352.7073.5
        A. Benintendi LF31121010.326.388.477.8646.5
        M. Betts RF40100010.304.368.456.8240.5
        H. Ramirez DH41111011.250.305.368.6735.5
        M. Moreland 1B31000101.286.375.500.8752.0
        D. Pedroia 2B40300000.288.354.301.6553.0
        J. Bradley CF40110021.231.295.359.6541.0
        C. Vazquez C40100013.452.485.6451.1300.5
        M. Hernandez 3B40100013.286.314.327.6401.5
        Total34410421811-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - K. Bryant 2 (10), J. Jay (2)
          • HR - A. Rizzo (6), B. Zobrist (3), M. Montero (2)
          • RBI - K. Schwarber (9), A. Rizzo 2 (17), B. Zobrist 2 (11), M. Montero (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Zobrist (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Hernandez (2)
          • 3B - X. Bogaerts
          • HR - A. Benintendi (3), H. Ramirez (2)
          • SF - A. Benintendi (2)
          • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (14), H. Ramirez (9), J. Bradley (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - H. Ramirez (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Jay
          FIELDING
          • E - X. Bogaerts (3), M. Hernandez (3), M. Moreland (3), S. Wright
          • PB - C. Vazquez (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Lackey (W, 2-3)6.08441425.101.5014.0
          K. Uehara (H, 3)1.00000101.860.003.5
          H. Rondon (H, 4)1.01000000.961.002.0
          W. Davis (S, 6)1.01000300.001.0010.5
          Total9.01044182---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Lackey (W, 2-3)6.0
          K. Uehara (H, 3)1.0
          H. Rondon (H, 4)1.0
          W. Davis (S, 6)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Wright (L, 1-3)6.17551428.251.262.0
          R. Scott0.01100002.080.00-1.0
          B. Taylor2.01002101.171.503.5
          F. Abad0.21110115.061.50-1.5
          Total9.01186363---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Wright (L, 1-3)6.1
          R. Scott0.0
          B. Taylor2.0
          F. Abad0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lackey 93-67, K. Uehara 11-8, H. Rondon 13-7, W. Davis 18-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lackey 9-4, H. Rondon 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Lackey 26, K. Uehara 3, H. Rondon 3, W. Davis 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Wright 100-70, R. Scott 3-3, B. Taylor 41-25, F. Abad 13-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Wright 7-8, B. Taylor 2-4
          • Batters Faced - S. Wright 27, R. Scott, B. Taylor 10, F. Abad 3
          • 9TH INNING
            Zobrist homered to left center74
          • 7TH INNING
            Rizzo reached on fielder's choice to first, Schwarber scored, Bryant out at second on shortstop Bogaerts fielding error. Rizzo to third on 1st baseman Moreland fielding error64
            Schwarber singled to center, Jay scored54
            Montero homered to right center44
          • 6TH INNING
            Zobrist grounded out to second, Bryant scored34
          • 5TH INNING
            Benintendi homered to center24
          • 4TH INNING
            Rizzo homered to right center, Bryant scored23
          • 3RD INNING
            Ramirez homered to left03
            Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to center, Bogaerts scored02
          • 2ND INNING
            Bradley singled to left, Moreland scored, Pedroia to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • B. Taylor Pitching:
            • K. Bryant: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bryant struck out looking
            • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rizzo flied out to deep center
            • B. Zobrist: Zobrist homered to left center
            • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • W. Davis Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • C. Vazquez: Strike swinging, Ball, Pedroia to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • M. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • B. Taylor Pitching:
            • J. Heyward: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Heyward popped out to first
            • A. Russell: Russell flied out to deep right
            • M. Montero: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Montero singled to center
            • A. Almora: Strike looking, Almora safe at first on 2nd baseman Hernandez fielding error, Montero to second
            • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay walked, Montero to third, Almora to second
            • K. Schwarber: Schwarber flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • H. Rondon Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts singled to deep left
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Betts out at second
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Moreland grounded into double play shortstop to first, Ramirez out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • M. Montero: Montero homered to right center
            • A. Almora: Almora popped out to shortstop
            • J. Jay: Jay doubled to deep left
            • K. Schwarber: Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber singled to center, Jay scored
            • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bryant walked, Schwarber to second
            • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo reached on fielder's choice to first, Schwarber scored, Bryant out at second on shortstop Bogaerts fielding error. Rizzo to third on 1st baseman Moreland fielding error
            • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Zobrist flied out to left
            • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • K. Uehara Pitching:
            • M. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez lined out to first
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts lined out to left
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Bryant doubled to deep left
            • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Bryant to third on passed ball, Foul, Rizzo flied out to left
            • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to second, Bryant scored
            • J. Heyward: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Heyward singled to center
            • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Russell grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Lackey Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia singled to deep left, Pedroia out at second
            • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded out to first
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • A. Almora: Ball, Almora grounded out to third
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jay lined out to center
            • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Lackey Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi homered to center
            • M. Betts: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland grounded out to third
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bryant doubled to left center
            • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Foul, Rizzo homered to right center, Bryant scored
            • B. Zobrist: Zobrist grounded out to first
            • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Heyward walked
            • A. Russell: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Russell flied out to right
            • M. Montero: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Montero flied out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Lackey Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez singled to center
            • M. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez doubled to deep left, Vazquez to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Almora singled to deep left
            • J. Jay: Ball, Jay grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Almora out at second
            • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Schwarber flied out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Lackey Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts tripled to deep right
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to center, Bogaerts scored
            • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Betts lined out to center
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez homered to left
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland lined out to first
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward fouled out to third
            • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Russell lined out to center
            • M. Montero: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Montero struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Lackey Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland walked
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Pedroia singled to deep left, Moreland to second
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Bradley singled to left, Moreland scored, Pedroia to second
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Vazquez flied out to deep right, Pedroia to third
            • M. Hernandez: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Hernandez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Bradley out at second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
            • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bryant safe at first on Wright fielding error, Bryant to second
            • A. Rizzo: Rizzo grounded out to first, Bryant to third
            • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Lackey Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi grounded out to second
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Betts grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)