Cubs complete sweep over Red Sox, 16-9

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 2, 2014 at 11:33 pm •  Published: July 2, 2014
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BOSTON (AP) — 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 homer 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 2 1-2 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 homer 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 homer 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 straight 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.