A road trip that started with a 3-game sweep of the Cleveland Guardians ended with a 4-2 Red Sox win over the Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
What happened in between those two bookends wasn't pretty.
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Due to vaccination issues (we're going to leave the politics out of it), an undermanned Red Sox team dropped two of three in Toronto, and then came back on American soil and promptly lost two in a row to a bad Cubs team.
Boston scratched out eleven hits, all of them singles, but the most damage was on a comebacker to the mound in the top of the 11th inning that should have been the third out of the inning. Instead, Chicago pitcher Rowan Wick threw the ball away, allowing two Red Sox runs to score.
Jake Diekman was the winner in relief tossing two scoreless innings.
Of some concern - Xander Bogaerts (pictured) left the game in the bottom of the seventh after getting spiked. Manager Alex Cora said after the game that Bogaerts took seven stitches and is currently day-to-day.
Boston comes home in second place in the American League East for a 7-game homestand that begins a 14-game stretch of nothing but the Rays and Yankees going into the All-Star break.
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