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Red Sox waste Josh Winckowski’s strong start in sloppy loss to Cubs, drop series at Wrigley Field

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This weekend’s trip to Wrigley Field was supposed to represent an easy portion of a brutal stretch in the Red Sox’ schedule. Three games against the lowly Cubs that followed a series with the Blue Jays and precedes two weeks against no one but the Rays and Yankees going into the All-Star break.

Not so fast.

What started as a promising road trip with last weekend’s sweep of Cleveland has turned frustrating. A day after their bullpen blew a late lead in a bad loss, the Red Sox blew a very winnable game. Rookie Josh Winckowski produced another strong start, but it was wasted by defensive mistakes and his offense’s inability to capitalize in a sloppy 3-1 loss on Saturday night.

The Red Sox dropped their second consecutive series – this one even more painful against a rebuilding Cubs team – and they’ll look to rookie Connor Seabold on Sunday to help them avoid an embarrassing sweep.

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