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Boston,  MA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Luis Valbuena  drove in the go-ahead run in 
the  ninth inning with a sacrifice fly as the Chicago Cubs escaped Fenway Park 
with a 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox. 

Boston  went with  Koji Uehara  to start  the ninth  with the  game tied,  and 
Anthony  Rizzo  greeted the  closer  with  a  leadoff single.  Starlin  Castro 
followed  with a double to put runners on second and third, and Valbuena's fly 
ball  to right  field was deep enough  to score Rizzo for the what turned into 
the deciding run. 

Hector  Rondon shut down the Red Sox in the ninth to post his 11th save, while 
Pedro  Strop  (1-3) earned  the win  with a scoreless  inning of relief behind 
Edwin  Jackson, who scattered six hits and four walks over six innings of one- 
run ball. 

"We've been very fortunate in that our starting pitching has done a nice job 
and our relief corps has done a really good job," Cubs manager Rick Renteria 
said. "Guys just scratched out a run or two to give us an opportunity to win." 

Uehara  (3-2) was  saddled with  the loss,  Boston's second  straight in  this 
three-game interleague series. 

Dustin  Pedroia  went 3-for-5 and drove  in the only  run for the Red Sox, and 
Clay  Buchholz,  in his second  start since  returning from the disabled list, 
only allowed one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. 

"I thought he had good stuff, probably one of the better fastballs he's had 
the entire season," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "I thought he threw a 
number of really good curveballs." 

The  Red Sox, who  were shut out on Monday, ran themselves out of a run in the 
first  inning  when A.J. Pierzynski was  thrown out trying to stretch a single 
into  a double, and Welington Castillo threw behind Stephen Drew at first with 
an inning-ending pickoff that left a man on third. 

Boston  stranded  two more in the  fourth when Justin Ruggiano made a terrific 
leaping  catch in center  to rob Xander Bogaerts of extra bases, but the hosts 
put  together a two-out  rally in the fifth to break the scoreless tie. Jackie 
Bradley  Jr.  doubled and Brock  Holt singled before  Pedroia knocked in a run 
with a base hit to left. 

The  bases  were left  loaded,  however,  when  Mike  Napoli grounded  into  a 
fielder's choice, and Buchholz finally blinked in the sixth after setting down 
13 hitters in a row. 

A  double  and single  started  the  frame,  and  Ruggiano scored  when  Chris 
Coghlan's  grounder up  the middle deflected off Pedroia's glove and found its 
way to Drew standing on second for the force out. 

Like  Boston,  the Cubs left runners  on as Rizzo lined into an inning-killing 
double  play, then  Chicago wasted  a first-and-third,  one-out chance  in the 
seventh. Buchholz was pulled after plunking Castillo to put two on, and Andrew 
Miller struck out pinch-hitter Junior Lake and Ruggiano to keep it a 1-1 game. 

                                   Game Notes 

Pedroia recorded his third three-hit game in his last four contests ... Eleven 
of  Boston's last 17  games have been decided by one run (6-5) ... Chicago has 
won two straight games while plating two or fewer runs after doing so just two 
times  all season  prior  to Monday's  2-0  victory ...  Boston  has held  its 
opponents  to three  runs or less in  its last 14 home games, the longest such 
streak  in  franchise history ... Earlier  Tuesday, the Red Sox traded pitcher 
Rich  Hill to  the Angels  in  exchange for  cash and  released pitcher  Chris 
Capuano. 

 
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