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Cubs rally at Fenway, halt Boston's streak at 7

May 22, 2011 - 5:33 AM Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Reed Johnson hit the go-ahead two-run double during an eight-run eighth inning, as the Chicago Cubs ripped Boston, 9-3, in the second of a three-game interleague set from Fenway Park.

Johnson's effort came about after starting center fielder Marlon Byrd was hit in the head by a pitch in the top of the second inning and did not return.

Starlin Castro, Aramis Ramirez, Jeff Baker and Carlos Pena drove in a run each for the Cubs, who have won three of four. Chicago posted its first victory over Boston at Fenway since September 10, 1918 in Game 5 of that year's World Series, and notched its first regular-season triumph there since May 24, 1915 against the Boston Braves.

Sean Marshall (2-0) tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win. Carlos Zambrano allowed seven hits and three runs over 5 2/3 innings.

David Ortiz hit a two-run homer -- his 300th with Boston -- for the Red Sox, whose seven-game win streak was put to rest.

Matt Albers (0-2) took the loss and a blown save, charged with six runs -- five earned -- with three hits and two walks.

"I don't think he pitched as bad as his line showed," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said of Albers. "We dropped balls and threw them away. It got a little bit ugly."

Regardless, it ruined a solid outing from starter Alfredo Aceves, who gave up one run on three hits in five full frames.

Chicago sent 12 men to the plate in their game-changing at-bat, turning a 3-1 deficit into a 9-3 edge.

Darwin Barney began the surge with a single and Castro followed with a base hit. Ramirez walked then Pena also walked to force in a run. Johnson followed by dumping a double to left which plated two and put the Cubs ahead 4-3. Alfonso Soriano reached on an error allowing Pena to come in, and Albers was replaced by Franklin Morales.

Baker greeted the hurler with a pinch double for a 6-3 game, and two batters later, Kosuke Fukudome walked to load the bases. Kevin Youkilis and Carl Crawford committed errors on a Barney fly ball which scored Soriano and Baker, then Castro ended the run with an RBI two-bagger for a six-run margin.

Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol made that lead hold up with two consecutive scoreless innings.

Ramirez drove in Fukudome with a double in the third, then Ortiz hit the milestone blast over the Green Monster in the fourth after Youkilis led off with a base hit to put the Sox ahead 2-1.

"My one mistake was my pitch to Big Papi. It was away and I should have stayed in," Zambrano said.

Crawford singled with one out in the sixth and later scored on a single from Jacoby Ellsbury.

Game Notes

Zambrano had won 10 of his last 11 starts on road...Both teams wore 1918 throwbacks to honor the last meeting between the teams, which the Red Sox won for their last championship until 2004...Only Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice and Dwight Evans have hit 300-or-more homers with the franchise.






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