With Wednesday's 16-9 victory over the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs completed a series sweep at Fenway Park for the first time since May of 1915, when they did so against the Boston Braves, per ESPN Stats & Info.
The Cubs outscored the Red Sox 20-10 during the three-game set, setting a team record for the most runs scored during an interleague series. The 20 total runs also represented the most runs allowed by any Red Sox team in a single interleague series, per ESPN Stats & Info. These feats are particularly impressive once you consider that the Cubs won the first two games by scores of 2-0 and 2-1.
A 16-run explosion from the Cubs' bats in the series finale was what made headlines, setting several season-best marks for a team in the cellar of the NL Central.
Justin Ruggiano, Mike Olt, Welington Castillo and Nate Schierholtz all homered for the Cubs, and the four long balls were the most by the team in a single game this season, per Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. The Cubs also set a season-high mark for extra-base hits, recording 10 on the evening, according to the team's official Twitter page.
Despite earning their second series sweep of the season, the 37-46 Cubs remain in last place in the NL Central, as they're only team with a record below the .500 mark. The Red Sox haven't fared much better in 2014, and after losing nine of their last 13 games, the Sox's 38-47 record puts them just a game up on the Tampa Bay Rays, who have the worst record in the AL East.
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