Morning Box Score: Cubs, Sox Routed
By Chuck Sudo in News on Jul 31, 2011 2:00PM
It wasn't pretty for the North or South Sides yesterday on the diamond. Let's start at Busch Stadium where the Cubs, where a missed interference call against St. Louis' Matt Holliday led to a complete collapse. Holliday slid high into Starlin Castro on a possible inning-ending double play. Instead, two runs scored and the rout was on. Cubs manager Mike Quade tried to argue his team's case to umpire Derryl Cousins and was ejected from the game. That fifth inning turned a 5-2 Cubs lead into a 10-5 Cardinals lead St. Louis would never relinquish. Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run home run to lead the Cubs.
Over at U.S. Cellular Field, Boston spread the wealth among their lineup, with four players each driving in two runs to bring sparks on the field on a night with a postgame fireworks show. Red Sox starter Jon Lester improved to 11-4 on the season with eight innings of work, yielding only solo home runs to Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham. Philip Humber only lasted 4-2/3 innings and gave up four runs as the White Sox had to go to the bullpen early. Brian Bruney was tagged with the other six runs in 1.2 innings of work.