Recap - Sox Score Just Enough To Beat Cubs

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

While the Boston Celtics were blowing out the Bulls in Chicago to win their first-round NBA playoff series, their MLB counterparts were hosting the defending World Champions.

The Red Sox scored five times in the first inning off Chicago starting pitcher Jake Arrieta and then held on for a 5-4 win over the Cubs at Fenway Park on Friday night.

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Kris Bryant had given the Cubs a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a solo home run off Boston starter Drew Pomeranz.

Andrew Benintendi (pictured) brought the Red Sox even in the bottom of the inning with his second home run of the year. Boston added four more runs on RBI hits by Hanley Ramirez, Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Christian Vazquez.

Pomeranz went six innings allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out seven as he improved his record to 2-1.

Arrieta lasted 4.1 innings and got knocked around for ten hits.

Craig Kimbrel earned his eighth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning striking out Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell.

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