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Now what? Sox finally hit, pitchers hammered

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 2, 2014 at 11:48 pm •  Published: July 2, 2014
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BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox hitters finally got going. Unfortunately, their pitchers saw the Chicago Cubs hit the ball all around Fenway Park.

Justin Ruggiano, Mike Olt and Welington Castillo hit two-run homers to power the Cubs to a 16-9 victory over Boston on Wednesday night, completing a three-game interleague series sweep.

Held to just one run in the first two games of the series, the Red Sox collected 16 hits and posted their seconded-highest run output at home this season. It wasn't even close to enough to match the Cubs.

"I will say a number of positive things offensively, particularly the top half of the order," Boston manager John Farrell said. "Still not enough to come back from the deficit here tonight."

It started poorly right off the bat for starting pitcher Brandon Workman and the Red Sox. The right-hander gave up three runs in the first inning before retiring a batter.

"It was just inconsistency in being able to stay down in the zone and on an unforgiving night things got away from us," Farrell said.

Workman (1-2) allowed six runs and five hits in four innings.

"I just wasn't locating the fastball ball very well at all tonight," he said. "I walked a couple of guys in the first inning. I left some balls up over the plate they hit well. I just wasn't sharp tonight."

The Cubs jumped ahead 3-0 before making an out. 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.

Boston never came back.

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.

Ruggiano drove in five runs, Darwin Barney had four hits and Nate Schierholtz added a solo homer for Chicago, which won for the sixth time in seven games away from Wrigley Field and posted its first interleague sweep of three or more games since taking three from Cleveland in 2009.

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