The Boston Red Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs, 7-4, on Sunday night in Game 3 of the three-game series at Wrigley Field. Franklin Morales was solid in his first start since 2009, striking out nine in five innings. He gave up two earned runs off four hits and no walks.
Cubs starter Paul Maholm gave up three earned runs off six hits and a walk over six innings. David Ortiz went 2-for-4 at the plate, hitting an RBI single to score Dustin Pedroia in the first inning and a solo home run in the fourth. The blast to center field was a his 16th of the season.
The Red Sox added another three runs in the seventh inning once Maholm left the mound. Darnell McDonald hit a double off reliever Shawn Camp to lead off the inning, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia advanced to second on a single thanks to a throwing error. Ryan Kalish singled to score McDonald with no outs in the inning. He ran in a run two batter later off a Daniel Nava sacrifice to the pitcher.
Camp (2-4) ultimately earned the loss for the Cubs. Matt Albers (2-0) got the win for the Red Sox after giving up one run, unearned, off a Jeff Baker grounder into a fielder's choice during the sixth inning.
The Red Sox head back home for a three-game series against the Miami Marlins beginning Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Clay Buchholz (7-2, 5.38 ERA) will take on the Marlins' Mark Buehrle (5-7,3.41) at the mound.
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