Morning Box Score
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Jun 25, 2009 3:00PM
Tigers Oust Cubs
The Cubs missed a bundle of opportunities to score en route to a 5-3 loss in Detroit last night, their third straight loss. Overall, the team batted 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base. Geovany Soto showed some power with a solo shot and Derek Lee extended his hitting streak to 21 games but the Cubs inability to take advantage of scoring opportunities sank them. Rich Harden also struggled on the mound, losing his third straight decision as he gave up four runs - two earned - over 5.1 innings pitched. Not that the bullpen fared much better as both Heilman and Marmol walked in runs. The series finale starts at 12:05 p.m. this afternoon (WGN).
Sox Light Up Dodgers
In spite of falling behind early, the Sox bats came alive as the Pale House out-slugged the Dodgers 10-7. Alexi Ramirez started the Sox off in the first with a solo shot but the Dodgers came back with three of their own in the top of the second, but Sox starter Gavin Floyd, who only gave up one earned run (three runs overall), settled in and pitched six innings and struck out three. Jermaine Dye belted a homer, Josh Fields knocked a pair of home runs, while Paul Konerko and Jayson Nix also connected on long balls in the fifth (which also saw Fields' second shot). The Sox bullpen ran into trouble in the eighth when Jimmy Gobble gave up a three-run shot to Matt Kemp which closed the gap, but the Sox held on for the win from there with Bobby Jenks earning his 18th save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth. The Sox close out their series with the Dodgers today at 1:05 (CSN).