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


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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