On Tuesday night, the Chicago Cubs accomplished something they had not done in 99 years.
They won a series at Fenway Park.
Thanks to another dominant performance by the pitching staff, namely starter Edwin Jackson, and key hits by the middle of the lineup late, the Cubs beat the reigning World Series champion Red Sox, 2-1, ensuring a series win heading into Wednesday’s finale.
Anthony Rizzo led off the ninth against Boston closer Koji Uehara (3-2, 1.40 ERA) with a bloop single to center field. The cleanup hitter, Castro, followed with a double down into the left field corner put men at second and third with nobody out. Luis Valbuena then hit a fly ball to right that was deep enough to plate Rizzo and give the Cubs a 2-1 advantage – their first lead of the night.
Hector Rondon entered and closed the game out for the second straight night, earning his 11th save of the season.
Chicago (36-46) received another outstanding outing from its starting pitcher; this time it was right-hander Edwin Jackson who led the charge, allowing just one run in six innings of work. Control was an issue as he walked four batters, as well.
The lone run allowed by Jackson came when Boston (38-46) plated a tally in the fifth, via an RBI single by second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who put together a 3-for-5 night at the dish for the Red Sox. The Cubs answered back in their next at-bats, when Chris Coghlan grounded out to second, scoring Justin Ruggiano from third.
Castro was the only Cubs hitter with more than one base knock on Tuesday night, but the pitching staff worked with what it had to get the job done. In 18 innings in the series, Chicago pitching has allowed just one run.