Trot Nixon belted a first-inning, three-run home run, but Wade Miller blew a 4-0 lead, including allowing five straight singles in the second. He hung around to allow five runs and nine hits in seven innings.
The Red Sox failed to break through for six innings against a quartet of Cubs pitchers. They managed only three hits and two walks in innings 3-4-5-6-7-8. Chicago got two insurance runs off Mike Myers and Matt Mantei in the eighth, which meant Boston's ninth-inning rally fell one run short.
Down by three, pinch-hitter John Olerud doubled. After Johnny Damon flew out, Edgar Renteria singled to right, bringing Olerud home. Renteria moved to second on David Ortiz's groundout, to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Manny Ramirez's double. But then Nixon fouled out to third for the final out.
The Yankees shutout St. Louis 5-0 and the Orioles will likely win tonight (again). Boo.