MLB: Boston 4, Chicago Cubs 3

June 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM
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CHICAGO, June 16 (UPI) -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia cracked a go-ahead homer Saturday and the Red Sox bullpen sealed Boston's 4-3 interleague win over the Chicago Cubs.

Saltalamacchia's two-run blast in the fourth inning broke a scoreless tie and the Red Sox later added single runs on RBI from Will Middlebrooks and Scott Podsednik.

Boston starter Jon Lester (4-4) cruised along with six shutout innings until surrendering a three-run homer to Luis Valbuena in the seventh.

Scott Atchison and Vicente Padilla, however, blunted the Cubs' comeback with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and Alfredo Aceves logged his 16th save with a 1-2-3 ninth as Boston evened its three-game set at Wrigley Field.

Lester finished by striking out eight over 6 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits while walking one.

Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (5-5) surrendered three runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out six.

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