CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Christopher Morel homered in his third straight game, and the Chicago Cubs rallied to defeat the Boston Red Sox 6-5 on Friday.
The Red Sox took a 4-0 lead and looked like they were ready to roll to an easy win after going 20-6 in June.
Jarren Duran, back in the lineup for Boston after missing a three-game run in Toronto because he wasn’t vaccinated, drove Adrian Sampson’s first ball of the game to the bushes in midfield for a home run.
Jackie Bradley Jr. made it 4-0 with a three-run double in the second. Rich Hill flew through the first four innings before taking off with a sprained left knee in a fifth of three runs.
The Cubs scored three more with two outs in the sixth to lead 6-5 with Morel scoring again.
The 23-year-old Dominican, who had the best five-hit of his career in Thursday’s game against Cincinnati, drove two runs to the left against Hansel Robles (1-3).
Willson Contreras then walked and scored on a wild pitch from Jake Diekman to Nico Hoerner that made it 6-5 and the Cubs went on to win their fourth win in five games.
Five Red Sox pitchers combined walked 10, Boston’s most since 11 with the Los Angeles Angels in a 15-inning game on August 30, 2019.
Hill, who made his debut with the Cubs in 2005, gave up three runs and three hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked and struckout three batters.
Hill appeared to shake his leg at one point in the fifth and was visited by an athletic trainer. Hill got out after hitting Patrick Wisdom to load the bases with two outs.
Tyler Danish came in and walked Rafael Ortega to narrow the gap to 4-3.
Sampson gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. Brandon Hughes (1-0) retired the side to take his first career win, and David Robertson worked the ninth for his 10th save in 13 chances.
Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (rib) will start at least one more minor league rehab before the Boston Red Sox decide if their ace is ready to join their rotation after being sidelined all season. Sale struckout seven batters in four innings for Double-A Portland on Thursday. Cora said his mechanics were fine on his third rehab outing and he felt “physically great.” The 33-year old lefthander will pitch for Triple-Worcester on Wednesday.
Cubs: RHP Marcus Stroman (right shoulder inflammation) and LHP Drew Smyly (far right oblique) pitched bullpen sessions Friday. .. OR Seiya Suzuki (sprained left ring finger) was to serve as designated batter for Triple-A Iowa on Friday. … 2B David Bote (left shoulder) hurt after colliding with SS Nico Hoerner in Thursday’s win over Cincinnati. … 1B Frank Schwindel (lower back tense) made 40 strokes.
Rookie RHP Josh Winckowski (3-1, 3.60 ERA) appears to be winning his fourth consecutive start for Boston since being recalled from Triple-A on June 15. RHP Alec Mills (0-1, 9.87) throws for Chicago.
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