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Updated: July 3, 2014 12:22AM



BOSTON — So much for that scoring drought.

Whether it was the law of averages, the exception that proves the rule or manager Rick Renteria’s daily dose of positive thinking, the Cubs’ lineup awoke from a nearly weeklong slumber to pound the Boston Red Sox 16-9 at Fenway Park to earn a rare series sweep.

In sweeping the defending World Series champions, the Cubs earned their first road series sweep since a three-gamer in San Francisco last July 26-28 (also against a defending World Series champ).

It was the second sweep of a series for the Cubs this season. They swept the New York Mets a month ago at home.

The Cubs have won six of their last seven road games and have won three consecutive road series as they head to Washington to continue an 11-game, 11-day trip.

While pitching has been behind most of the recent success, the bats were the story Wednesday. The Cubs fell one run and one hit short of season highs. They had 19 hits, including home runs by Justin Ruggiano, Mike Olt, Welington Castillo and Nate Schierholtz.

The outburst was made more conspicuous by the fact they’d scored just six runs in their previous four games combined.

The run total was one more than their previous five games combined and just three short of their last seven combined.

Each Cub had at least one hit and reached base at least twice. Three reached at least three times.

No. 9 hitter Darwin Barney went 4-for-5 with a double and a triple, raising his batting average 18 points (to .214) in one night.

The only thing that didn’t go the Cubs’ way was the starting pitching. Travis Wood failed to get out of the fourth inning and needed 93 pitches to get as far as he did.

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