Saturday, July 07, 2012

Recap: Game 84 -Cubs at Mets - Mets Late Rally Runs Short , Lose 8-7

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Chi. Cubs (32-51) «1001500108181
N.Y. Mets (45-39)011001013790

W: T. Wood (4-3) L: J. Santana (6-5)

HR: CHC - R. Johnson (3),A. Rizzo (4),J. Baker (3)   NYM - L. Duda (12),J. Valdespin (3)

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 eight tries.

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 going."

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 Justin Turner.

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 the victory.

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 left-field wall.

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.

Game Notes

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.

Box Score:

Reed Johnson RF634110101.299
Darwin Barney SS-2B411000011.262
Anthony Rizzo 1B514300101.375
Alfonso Soriano LF402100012.269
  Tony Campana CF000000000.272
Jeff Baker 2B422110101.263
  Shawn Camp P000000000.000
  Bryan LaHair PH100000001.288
  James Russell P000000000.000
  Carlos Marmol P000000000.000
Geovany Soto C512000000.175
Joe Mather CF-LF401100000.237
Luis Valbuena 3B501100000.205
Travis Wood P300000001.278
  Starlin Castro SS201000000.289
Ruben Tejada SS320000021.323
Ronny Cedeno 2B401110000.259
  Miguel Batista P000000000.000
  Daniel Murphy PH010000010.289
David Wright 3B411010010.353
Scott Hairston LF400000000.250
  Ike Davis PH101200000.204
Lucas Duda RF521100101.252
Justin Turner 1B404110000.284
Mike Nickeas C200100010.172
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF300000011.267
Johan Santana P200000002.097
  Ramon Ramirez P000000000.000
  Jordany Valdespin PH-2B111100110.234

E_D.Barney. LOB_Chicago Cubs 11, NY Mets 7. 2B_R.Johnson, J.Baker, R.Cedeno, D.Wright, J.Turner. HR_R.Johnson (3) off J.Santana, A.Rizzo (4) off J.Santana, J.Baker (3) off J.Santana, L.Duda (12) off T.Wood, J.Valdespin (3) off C.Marmol. SF_J.Mather, M.Nickeas. CS_J.Turner. GIDP_R.Tejada. DP_Chicago Cubs 2 (L.Valbuena, D.Barney and A.Rizzo), (C.Marmol and A.Rizzo).

Travis Wood (W 4-3)6.0532431100-613.05
Shawn Camp1.00000004-32.86
James Russell1.021101023-172.43
Carlos Marmol1.023331128-155.61
Johan Santana (L 6-5)4.2137706389-643.24
Ramon Ramirez2.110010029-173.98
Miguel Batista2.041112032-214.20

T.Wood pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

T_3:16. A_27956.
Umpires_Home,Angel Campos; First, Paul Nauert; Second, Doug Eddings; Third, Dana DeMuth.
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