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Cubs’ bats roar to sweep

Rizzo, Wood homer; Royals beat Cardinals

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 11:56 p.m. CST
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(Nam Y. Huh)
AP The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (right) celebrates with third base coach Gary Jones after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning against the New York Mets in Chicago on Thursday. The Cubs won 7-4.

CHICAGO – Anthony Rizzo hit a tiebreaking homer, Travis Wood went deep and drove in three runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 7-4 Thursday night to complete the three-game sweep.

Rizzo’s solo drive off Vic Black (1-1) with one out in the seventh gave Chicago a lead after it wasted a four-run lead. Andrew Brown’s two-run shot tied it 4-all in the top half.

Junior Lake added a two-run triple in the eighth, and the Cubs came away with their first series sweep since they took three at San Francisco last July 26-28.

Wood delivered in a big way at the plate, and was in line for the win before New York rallied from a 4-0 deficit.

He hit a two-run homer in the second off Jacob deGrom, after Luis Valbuena was ruled safe at home on a sacrifice fly following a replay review to give Chicago a 3-0 lead. And Wood drove in another run with a fielder’s choice grounder in the fourth.

The Mets scored two while chasing Wood in the sixth, and tied it in the seventh when Brown, who was recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day, connected off Justin Grimm.

Rizzo, however, put the Cubs back on top with a long drive to right-center on a 3-1 pitch for his team-leading 11th homer.

Grimm (2-2) got the win. Pedro Strop stranded two runners in the eighth before Lake made it a three-run game in the bottom half.

Royals 3, Cardinals 2: Yordano Ventura threw six innings in his return from a sore elbow, and the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Thursday night and end a string of eight straight home losses to their in-state rivals.

Ventura (3-5) was skipped his previous time through the rotation because of minor elbow pain, but he looked sharp in his return.

He pitched to contact and took advantage of some sharp defense, which helped him to limit the damage whenever he ran into trouble.

The Royals rallied for three runs off Michael Wacha (4-4) to take the lead in the sixth inning.

, and Francisley Bueno and Wade Davis each pitched a perfect inning in relief of Ventura.

Today’s games

White Sox (Rienzo 4-2) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 6-4), 9:05 p.m. (CSN/AM 670)Miami (Eovaldi 4-2) at Cubs (Hammel 6-3), 3:05 p.m. (CSN/AM 720)St. Louis (Lynn 6-3) at Toronto (Stroman 2-0), 6:07 p.m. (FSN/FM 95.7)

 

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