Pitcher Rowan Wick threw Trevor Story’s comebacker down the right-field line for a two-run error with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Boston Red Sox outlasted the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
With automatic runner Bobby Dalbec on second, Wick (1-3) walked Christian Arroyo leading off the 11th. Jarren Durran struck out and Rafael Devers flied out before Story hit a soft hopper that Wick threw well over first baseman David Bote.
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left in the seventh inning with a left thigh laceration after he was hurt when Willson Contreras was caught stealing second.
In a game that took 4 hours, 25 minutes, Boston won for the second time after a seven-game winning streak. The Red Sox finished a 5-4 trip and headed home for the start of 17 straight games against AL East rivals.
Boston stopped Chicago’s four-game winning streak, which had tied the Cubs’ season high.
Contreras hit an RBI single in the first.
Boston tied the score in the fourth when with runners at the corners, Franchy Cordero’s infield popup fell for an RBI single. Second baseman Christopher Morel appeared to settle under the ball but lost it in the sun. Wind blew the ball to the right side, and it fell off the glove of first baseman Alfonso Rivas, who tried for a basket catch.
Keegan Thompson forced in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk to Durran later in the inning after getting ahead in the count 0-2.
Patrick Wisdom tied the score in the eighth against Matt Strahm with his 17th homer, a 450-drive to center.
Jake Diekman (3-0) struck out four in two hitless innings.
Red Sox starter Connor Seabold, recalled from Triple-A Worcester, allowed one run and six hits in four innings. Thompson gave up two runs, seven hts and three walks in four innings.
Boston: RHP Matt Barnes sidelined since May 30 with right shoulder inflammation, is to face batters Mondau. … DH J.D. Martinez, in a 1-for-21 slide, had Sunday off. … RHP Phillips Valdéz was optioned back to Worcester a day after being recalled due to LHP Rich Hill’s knee injury.
Chicago: RHP Alec Mills (lower back strain) was placed on the 15-day IL on Sunday after exiting Saturday’s start after just seven pitches. … Chicago recalled RHP Michael Rucker from Triple-A Iowa. … OF Seiya Suzuki (finger sprain) was scheduled to return from Triple-A Iowa on Sunday and is expected to be activated from the 10-day IL on Monday. … RHP Marcus Stroman made a rehab start in Iowa on Sunday as he returns from right shoulder inflammation. … Cubs manager David Ross said OF Jayson Heyward has not undergone an MRI as he remains on the 10-day IL due to right knee inflammation. … Ross said 1B Frank Schwindel (lower back strain) and 2B Nick Madrigal (left groin strain) will face LHP Daniel Norris (left index finger strain) in batting practice on Tuesday. … RHP Drew Smyly (oblique strain) is scheduled for a rehab start with High-A South Bend on Monday.
Red Sox: RHP Michael Wacha (6-1, 2.69 ERA) is slated to start Monday against Tampa Bay.
Cubs: LHP Justin Steele (3-5, 4.39 ERA) will start Monday to open a three-game series in Milwaukee.