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Red Sox edge Orioles 2-0 in 12 innings

OUTSTANDING PITCHING:Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright and five relievers combined for Boston’s fifth shutout of the year. It was the fifth straight loss for the Baltimore Orioles

AP, BALTIMORE, Maryland

Rizzo hit a fastball down the middle from Matt Albers (3-2) for a towering shot that snapped a 2-all tie. The Cubs scored four more runs in the inning with two outs, including a two-run double by Heyward.

Trailing 2-1 most of the night, the Cubs scored six times over the last four innings against the Brewers’ formidable bullpen. They won their seventh straight over Milwaukee.

“It would be nice to get [the offense] rolling, whether it’s earlier in the game with runners in scoring position ... take some heat off the bullpen and not have to play extra innings,” Maddon said.

Cubs relievers tossed five scoreless innings, with Randy Rosario (3-0) retiring all six batters he faced for the win.

“They do all the little things well. They don’t make mistakes,” Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun said. “We still have to get better at some of those things I think to consistently play as good of baseball as they do.”

After being held to one run by Brewers starter Junior Guerra, the Cubs broke through in the eighth against a bullpen with a league-best 2.53 ERA. The left-handed-hitting Heyward, who had three hits, tied the game at 2 with a run-scoring single to right field off lefty reliever Josh Hader.

Left-handed hitters were two for 36 against Hader before Heyward’s single.

“We just know the guy’s got good stuff,” Heyward said. “So if something’s there, just keep it simple, take what he gives you.”

Albers allowed five runs and three hits, leaving with two outs in the 11th. His ERA ballooned from 1.93 to 3.45.

He said he was expecting Rizzo to swing at the first pitch, but his fastball did not sail up and in as planned.

“I just didn’t quite get it to the spot I wanted to. That’s pretty much the story of my outing there — just not executing,” Albers said.

Guerra struck out four while allowing five hits and two walks, aided by two double plays and two highlight-reel catches in left by Braun.

He made a diving grab to prevent Rizzo’s flare from falling for a hit to lead off the fourth. Two innings later, Braun made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Willson Contreras of a tying homer.

Braun held the glove behind his back after coming down with the ball and swaggered for a few steps toward the infield before shrugging and revealing the ball in his mitt.

“It was a lot more fun than when they scored all those runs, but I take a lot of pride in my defense,” Braun said.

The Cubs got an effective outing from starter Jose Quintana, who allowed four hits, two walks and struck out three over six innings. The left-hander gave up solo homers to Erik Kratz and Jonathan Villar.

In Monday’s other games, it was:

‧ Mariners 5, Angels 3

‧ Diamondbacks 9, Pirates 5

‧ Indians 4, White Sox 0

‧ Marlins 7, Giants 5

‧ Rays 8, Blue Jays 4

‧ Cardinals 5, Padres 2

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