CHICAGO (AP) — Franklin Morales and Ryan Kalish provided a much-needed lift for the injured Boston Red Sox.
Morales struck out a career-high nine and Kalish hit a tie-breaking single in the seventh inning to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night.
"That's what baseball's been for years," Kalish said. "People getting hurt and people stepping up. That's just the name of this game."
Kalish hadn't played in a Major League game since October 3, 2010, but was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game when Ryan Sweeney went on the disabled list (irritation in a bone in his left foot). Kalish stepped to the plate with the game tied 3-3 and runners at first and third and delivered a single to center.
"Got a chance in a big situation, kind of got over anxious at first," he said. "I just stepped out, told myself this is baseball, I've been here before."
Morales, starting in place of the injured Josh Beckett (right shoulder inflammation), gave up two runs and four hits in five innings in his first start since April 21, 2009, with Colorado.
"We had a hunch he could perform well in that situation and he proved our hunch correct," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "He pitched five pretty good innings."
"The confidence I have and the opportunity Bobby (Valentine) gave me, I tried to throw strikes," said Morales.
The Red Sox rallied in the seventh against Shawn Camp (2-4), who gave up hits to both batters he faced — a double to Darnell McDonald and single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Kalish then singled to center off James Russell to drive in McDonald and put the Red Sox ahead 4-3. Saltalamacchia scored on pinch-hitter Will Middlebrooks' sacrifice fly, with Kalish advancing to third on catcher Wellington Castillo's fielding error. Kalish then scored on Daniel Nanva's squeeze bunt to give the Red Sox a 6-3 lead.
Matt Albers (2-0) pitched a scoreless sixth to pick up the win.
The Cubs loaded the bases with no outs against Alfredo Aceves in the ninth, but after David DeJesus hit a sacrifice fly to center, Reed Johnson struck out and Darwin Barney hit a popped out to third to end the game.
The Red Sox continued to be bit by the injury bug Sunday.