Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 victory

BOSTON (AP) Marco Hernandez's hustle paid off in a big way for the Boston Red Sox.

Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Strop's wild pitch in Boston's four-run eighth inning, helping the Red Sox beat the sloppy Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Sunday night.

The Red Sox took two of three in the lively weekend series that featured a strong showing for Cubs fans, chants in support of each side and the World Series trophies that ended long title droughts for the once-frustrated franchises.

''This was a high-build series, a competitive series, certainly,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''A good series win for us that was needed.''

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for Boston, which had dropped four of five before the weekend set against Chicago. The Red Sox got two more runs on shortstop Addison Russell's throwing error in the eighth that bounced past first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

''It was fun,'' Boston outfielder Andrew Benintendi said. ''I felt like there was a lot more Cubs fans here than I expected. It was fun to kind of listen to the fans go back and forth.''

Kris Bryant hit a solo homer for Chicago, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. The Cubs closed a nine-game road trip at 5-4.

Boston has won 19 of its last 22 interleague series in Fenway.

Hernandez led off the eighth with a grounder to Rizzo, who relayed the ball to reliever Koji Uehara (0-2). But a hustling Hernandez was safe at first in a bang-bang play.

Uehara appeared to break off the mound late.

''I got there as quick as I could, the runner was just faster,'' he said through a translator.

Xander Bogaerts and Benintendi then singled, loading the bases. Strop came in and bounced a 2-2 pitch to Ramirez, bringing Hernandez home. Mitch Moreland's grounder scored a run before Russell's error allowed two more to score.

Chicago looked as if it might be able to escape after Strop struck out Mookie Betts with the bases loaded for the first out. But the wild pitch led to the big inning.

''I thought Stropy did a great job, striking out Betts, wild pitch, but other than that he did a really nice job in there,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''Then we made another mistake to make it really look ugly at the end.''

Matt Barnes (3-0) worked one scoreless inning after completing his four-game suspension for throwing behind the head of Baltimore's Manny Machado. Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs.

Chicago trailed 2-1 before Jon Jay scored from second after reliever Joe Kelly bounced a pitch past Christian Vazquez in the seventh.

Jay's headfirst slide beat Vazquez's throw to Kelly after the catcher couldn't find the ball for a few seconds. He was originally called out, but the call was challenged.

After playing the first two games in summer-like temperatures, the teams took the field to a chilly 47 degrees.

That didn't seem to affect the distance of Ramirez's homer, estimated at 440 feet after it completely left Fenway over the Green Monster seats in the first.

On Saturday, he had one estimated at 469, the longest at Fenway this season.

Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out nine over six innings, allowing one run and five hits.

Chicago's Kyle Hendricks gave up two runs and three hits in six innings.

WORTH NOTING

Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio is expected to re-join the team Monday after leaving a week ago for a personal matter.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Farrell said 3B Pablo Sandoval, placed on the disabled list April 24 with a sprained right knee, still hasn't started any baseball activities and is only going through range of motion exercises.

CURSE BUSTERS

The 2016 World Series trophy, won by the Cubs to end their 108-year drought, and the 2004 one captured by the Red Sox, their first in 86 years, were together on a table under the stands behind right field. Fans had the chance to take pictures with the trophies for a $20 donation to charity.

There was a steady flow of fans dressed in both Red Sox and Cubs jerseys.

UP NEXT

Cubs: LHP Brett Anderson (2-0, 3.54 ERA) is set to face Philadelphia RHP Vince Velasquez (1-2, 6.33) at Wrigley Field on Monday night.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (1-3, 4.75 ERA) hopes to end a string of losses in three consecutive starts Monday. Dylan Bundy (3-1, 1.65) is slated to start for Baltimore.

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  • W: M. Barnes (3-0)L: K. Uehara (0-2)
  • HR: CHC - K. Bryant (4), BOS - H. Ramirez (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber DH30000112.204.333.344.6770.5
K. Bryant 3B41111011.289.391.515.9075.5
A. Rizzo 1B30000111.260.377.500.8770.5
B. Zobrist 2B40100010.216.326.392.7171.5
A. Russell SS40000012.258.301.402.703-0.5
J. Heyward RF40100010.279.340.407.7470.5
W. Contreras C30000111.242.306.394.6990.5
A. Almora CF40100011.277.346.468.8140.5
J. Jay LF31100112.385.478.487.9652.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    X. Bogaerts SS21100200.315.375.356.7314.0
    A. Benintendi LF42200012.333.392.478.8703.5
    M. Betts RF30000115.293.363.439.8020.5
    H. Ramirez DH32121122.253.314.405.7198.0
    M. Moreland 1B40010023.273.360.477.8370.0
    D. Pedroia 2B30100101.289.360.303.6632.0
    J. Bradley CF40000023.209.271.326.596-1.0
    C. Vazquez C30000012.412.444.5881.033-0.5
    M. Hernandez 3B31100000.288.315.327.6422.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Zobrist (4)
      • HR - K. Bryant (4)
      • RBI - K. Bryant (14)
      BATTING
      • HR - H. Ramirez (3)
      • RBI - H. Ramirez 2 (11), M. Moreland (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Ramirez 2 (4)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Russell (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Hendricks6.03223614.181.0016.0
      C. Edwards1.00001200.001.003.0
      K. Uehara (L, 0-2)0.03320003.720.00-10.0
      P. Strop0.20101104.321.50-0.5
      B. Duensing0.10000008.100.000.0
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Hendricks6.0
      C. Edwards1.0
      K. Uehara (L, 0-2)0.0
      P. Strop0.2
      B. Duensing0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez6.05112912.701.1717.5
      J. Kelly (BS, 1)0.20112002.703.00-3.0
      R. Scott0.10000001.930.000.0
      M. Barnes (W, 3-0)1.00000003.270.0010.0
      C. Kimbrel1.00000001.590.003.0
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez6.0
      J. Kelly (BS, 1)0.2
      R. Scott0.1
      M. Barnes (W, 3-0)1.0
      C. Kimbrel1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - P. Strop (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 96-55, C. Edwards 18-12, K. Uehara 15-11, P. Strop 20-11, B. Duensing 3-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 6-4, P. Strop 2-0, B. Duensing 1-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 22, C. Edwards 4, K. Uehara 3, P. Strop 4, B. Duensing
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Kelly (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 108-71, J. Kelly 22-10, R. Scott 3-3, M. Barnes 11-7, C. Kimbrel 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-4, J. Kelly 1-1, R. Scott 1-0, M. Barnes 2-1, C. Kimbrel 2-1
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 25, J. Kelly 4, R. Scott, M. Barnes 3, C. Kimbrel 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      CHC13-11
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      BOS13-11
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      K. Schwarber DH30000112.204.333.344.6770.5
      K. Bryant 3B41111011.289.391.515.9075.5
      A. Rizzo 1B30000111.260.377.500.8770.5
      B. Zobrist 2B40100010.216.326.392.7171.5
      A. Russell SS40000012.258.301.402.703-0.5
      J. Heyward RF40100010.279.340.407.7470.5
      W. Contreras C30000111.242.306.394.6990.5
      A. Almora CF40100011.277.346.468.8140.5
      J. Jay LF31100112.385.478.487.9652.5
      Total3225114910-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        X. Bogaerts SS21100200.315.375.356.7314.0
        A. Benintendi LF42200012.333.392.478.8703.5
        M. Betts RF30000115.293.363.439.8020.5
        H. Ramirez DH32121122.253.314.405.7198.0
        M. Moreland 1B40010023.273.360.477.8370.0
        D. Pedroia 2B30100101.289.360.303.6632.0
        J. Bradley CF40000023.209.271.326.596-1.0
        C. Vazquez C30000012.412.444.5881.033-0.5
        M. Hernandez 3B31100000.288.315.327.6422.0
        Total2966315918-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Zobrist (4)
          • HR - K. Bryant (4)
          • RBI - K. Bryant (14)
          BATTING
          • HR - H. Ramirez (3)
          • RBI - H. Ramirez 2 (11), M. Moreland (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - H. Ramirez 2 (4)
          FIELDING
          • E - A. Russell (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Hendricks6.03223614.181.0016.0
          C. Edwards1.00001200.001.003.0
          K. Uehara (L, 0-2)0.03320003.720.00-10.0
          P. Strop0.20101104.321.50-0.5
          B. Duensing0.10000008.100.000.0
          Total8.0664591---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Hendricks6.0
          C. Edwards1.0
          K. Uehara (L, 0-2)0.0
          P. Strop0.2
          B. Duensing0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Rodriguez6.05112912.701.1717.5
          J. Kelly (BS, 1)0.20112002.703.00-3.0
          R. Scott0.10000001.930.000.0
          M. Barnes (W, 3-0)1.00000003.270.0010.0
          C. Kimbrel1.00000001.590.003.0
          Total9.1522491---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Rodriguez6.0
          J. Kelly (BS, 1)0.2
          R. Scott0.1
          M. Barnes (W, 3-0)1.0
          C. Kimbrel1.0
          Total9.1
          PITCHING
          • WP - P. Strop (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 96-55, C. Edwards 18-12, K. Uehara 15-11, P. Strop 20-11, B. Duensing 3-2
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 6-4, P. Strop 2-0, B. Duensing 1-0
          • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 22, C. Edwards 4, K. Uehara 3, P. Strop 4, B. Duensing
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Kelly (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 108-71, J. Kelly 22-10, R. Scott 3-3, M. Barnes 11-7, C. Kimbrel 9-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-4, J. Kelly 1-1, R. Scott 1-0, M. Barnes 2-1, C. Kimbrel 2-1
          • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 25, J. Kelly 4, R. Scott, M. Barnes 3, C. Kimbrel 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Pedroia safe at first on shortstop Russell fielding error, Benintendi and Ramirez scored26
            Moreland grounded out to first, Bogaerts scored, Benintendi to third, Ramirez to second24
            Hernandez scored, Bogaerts to third, Benintendi to second on wild pitch23
          • 7TH INNING
            Jay scored, Schwarber to second on wild pitch22
          • 5TH INNING
            Bryant homered to center12
          • 1ST INNING
            Ramirez homered to left, Benintendi scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Kimbrel Pitching:
            • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Strike looking, Contreras flied out to shallow center
            • A. Almora: Almora grounded out to second
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jay grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • M. Barnes Pitching:
            • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Zobrist grounded out to first
            • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Russell flied out to center
            • J. Heyward: Heyward grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Uehara Pitching:
            • M. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez reached on an infield single to first
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts singled to center, Hernandez to second
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Benintendi singled to right, Hernandez to third, Bogaerts to second
            • M. Betts: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez scored, Bogaerts to third, Benintendi to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Moreland grounded out to first, Bogaerts scored, Benintendi to third, Ramirez to second
            • D. Pedroia: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pedroia safe at first on shortstop Russell fielding error, Benintendi and Ramirez scored
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley grounded into fielder's choice to second, Pedroia out at second
            • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Kelly Pitching:
            • A. Almora: Ball, Almora lined out to center
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Jay walked
            • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Schwarber walked, Jay to second
            • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay out at home, Schwarber to second. Jay out at home, Schwarber to second, Ball, Jay scored, Schwarber to second on wild pitch, Bryant grounded out to third
            • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rizzo grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Edwards Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Moreland flied out to right
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Russell grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Heyward lined out to shortstop
            • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Hendricks Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts lined out to center
            • H. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
            • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Bryant homered to center
            • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo grounded out to third
            • B. Zobrist: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Hendricks Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley grounded out to third
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez grounded out to second
            • M. Hernandez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to first
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
            • J. Heyward: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Heyward struck out looking
            • W. Contreras: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked
            • A. Almora: Strike swinging, Almora singled to right, Contreras to third, Almora to second
            • J. Jay: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Hendricks Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • H. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • D. Pedroia: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
            • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
            • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Zobrist struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Hendricks Pitching:
            • M. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi lined into double play second to first, Bogaerts out at first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward singled to shallow right center
            • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Contreras popped out to first
            • A. Almora: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Jay singled to left, Heyward to second
            • K. Schwarber: Foul, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Hendricks Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia singled to left
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • C. Vazquez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Vazquez grounded into double play second to pitcher to first, Pedroia out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • K. Schwarber: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to second
            • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bryant grounded out to first
            • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rizzo walked
            • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Zobrist doubled to deep left, Rizzo to third
            • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Russell popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Hendricks Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to second
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Benintendi singled to center
            • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Betts flied out to center
            • H. Ramirez: Ramirez homered to left, Benintendi scored
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)