National League Game Summary - Chicago at New York
(Friday, July 6th)
Final Score: Chicago 8, New York 7
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Anthony Rizzo crushed a go-ahead three-run
home run in a five-run fifth inning and the Chicago Cubs held off the New York
Mets, 8-7, in the opener of a three-game set Friday at Citi Field.
Jeff Baker added a solo shot in the frame, while Reed Johnson registered four
hits, including a leadoff homer in the first, and scored three times as the
Cubs pounded out a season-high 18 hits to gain their sixth win in their last
Travis Wood (4-3) was charged for three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and
four walks over six-plus innings to earn his fourth straight victory.
"As a team, we've been playing pretty good baseball these last couple weeks,"
remarked Wood. "Hopefully we come back (after the All-Star break) and keep it
Johan Santana (6-5) didn't make it out of the fifth inning for the Mets after
giving up seven runs on 13 hits over 4 2/3 innings to absorb the loss.
Lucas Duda and Jordany Valdespin each smacked solo shots for the Mets, who
lost for the third time in their last five contests.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the fifth, Johnson reached first on an infield
single when Santana was unable to handle a flip to first from first baseman
Santana appeared to roll his ankle on the play as Johnson stepped on the back
of his foot while touching first base.
"I didn't know if he stepped on it or anything I just wanted to continue and
try to get some outs," said Santana about the play at first.
He remained in the game, but clearly wasn't the same as Darwin Barney stroked
another single to set the table for Rizzo, who crushed a first-pitch slider
deep over the wall in right-center field to put the Cubs in front, 5-2.
After Alfonso Soriano fanned, Baker laced a solo shot into the left-field
seats to extend the margin to 6-2.
Back-to-back singles put runners on first and second before Luis Valbuena
slapped a single to right to plate a run and chase Santana from the contest.
In the sixth, Duda reached on a fielder's choice and Turner followed with a
double into the right-field corner. Mike Nickeas then plated Duda with a
sacrifice fly to center to make it a 7-3 game.
Chicago added a run in the eighth as Johnson and Rizzo singled around a Barney
walk before Soriano lifted a single to right to score Johnson for an 8-3 lead.
New York responded in the bottom half as David Wright doubled before Turner
ripped a two-out single to center to pull the Mets within 8-4.
Cubs closer Carlos Marmol came on in the ninth and served up a one-out homer
to Valdespin before walking Ruben Tejada, pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy and David
Wright to load the bases with one out.
Pinch-hitter Ike Davis then stroked a line drive into right field to plate a
pair and trim the margin to 8-7.
Marmol worked his way out of the jam though, as Duda ripped a liner back to
the pitcher, who tossed to first to double-off Davis and the Cubs escaped with
Earlier in the game, Johnson gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead before the fans had time
to settle into their seats as he crushed the second pitch of the game over the
Duda tied the game with a leadoff homer of his own in the second, launching a
3-2 fastball into right-center field to pull the Mets even.
Tejada worked a one-out walk in the third and Ronny Cedeno followed with
a double off the wall in left to plate Tejada from first and provide the Mets
with a 2-1 lead.
Chicago battled back in the fourth as Baker doubled to start the frame and
Geovany Soto followed with a single to put runners on the corners.
Joe Mather then lifted a sacrifice fly into center field to push home Baker
and knot the game at 2-2.
Duda's homer in the second snapped Wood's scoreless streak at 19 2/3 innings
which is the longest by a Cubs lefty since Juan Pizarro went 21 innings in
1971...Barney's errorless streak was halted at 69 games (569.1 innings) after
his throwing error in the bottom of the sixth inning...The 13 hits allowed by
Santana tied a career high.
07/07 00:09:59 ET
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