July 14, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) celebrates with his teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Image: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Rafael Devers hit a pair of solo home runs and Brayan Bello made his seventh straight start as the Boston Red Sox beat the host Chicago Cubs 8-3 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series.
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Adam Duvall, Triston Casas, Justin Turner and Yu Chang also back the Red Sox, who have won six games in a row and nine of their last 10.
Bello (7-5) allowed three hits on eight hits in six innings. He attacked five without taking a walk. Kenley Jansen made the final with loaded bases for his 20th save.
Masataka Yoshida went 2-for-5 to extend his multi-hit streak to eight games.
Cody Bellinger matched Devers by hitting two solo shots for Chicago, which has alternated wins and losses over its last six games. Christopher Morel went 3-for-4 and Tucker Barnhart added two hits, while Mike Tauchman scored double the RBI.
Kyle Hendricks (3-4) served four of Boston’s season-high six homers over his 4 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs on eight hits while hitting five and not walking.
Boston took a 2-0 lead in the second quarter thanks to solo home runs from Devers and Duvall. The Red Sox doubled their lead an innings later when Turner hit a sacrificial hit and Devers followed with another solo shot, his 22nd homer of the season.
The Cubs were 4-1 up in the bottom of the third quarter as Barnhart led by two goals and scored on two of Tauchman’s goals.
Casas quickly rebuilt Boston’s four-run cushion, launching an 0–1 fastball into the center court bleachers to take a fourth set lead. Chicago got the change when Bellinger opened the home half of the frame on a shot of her own to make it 5-2.
Bellinger scored again in the sixth, pushing his 11th homer of the season to center-left field to cut the Cubs’ deficit to 5-3
However, Yoshida sent a single down to center in the seventh to set the stage for Turner, which was followed by two homer hits that effectively sealed the win.
Chang provided insurance runs in the ninth when he opened the inning with a home run, his fourth of the season.
–Field Level Media