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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Recap: Game 126 - Cubs (4) at Mets (1) - Baez shows what he can do at Citi Field



New York

W: K. Hendricks (5-1) L: B. Carlyle (1-1) S: H. Rondon (18)
HR: CHC - A. Rizzo (28),J. Baez (5)   NYM - L. Duda (22)


Anthony Rizzo hit a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the punchless New York Mets 4-1 on Monday to wrap up their four-game series.

The Cubs, who won the last two games of the four-game series, got a two-run homer from rookie slugger Javier Baez on Monday and seven strong innings from Kyle Hendricks in his fourth straight win.

The Mets had just four hits -- the fifth straight game they were held under five. After Lucas Duda's solo homer in the fourth inning, they didn't have another hit until Daniel Murphy led off the ninth with a double.

Hendricks (5-1) walked two and struck out three. He has allowed just four earned runs in 29 1/3 innings during his winning streak.

The Mets, who have lost five of their last seven, tied a franchise record for most games in a row with four hits or fewer. They had five-game streaks in 2004 and 1963.

Carlos Torres made a spot start for the Mets, his first of the season, after scheduled starter Bartolo Colon flew home to the Dominican Republic to be with his critically ill mother.

Torres threw 86 pitches in five shutout innings, striking out six while giving up just three hits and two walks.

He struck out the side on 14 pitches in the first inning and got his sixth strikeout with the bases loaded in the fourth, fanning Welington Castillo to escape the jam.

Duda hit his 22nd homer of the season to right in the bottom of the fourth to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Dana Eveland replaced Torres to start the sixth and gave up a leadoff double to Rizzo, who scored on Luis Valbuena'a single to right field to tie the game.

After Buddy Carlyle (1-1) gave up Rizzo's 28th homer of the season with one out in the eighth, he walked Starlin Castro and surrendered a single to Valbuena. Vic Black loaded the bases with two outs when he walked Castillo but pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan grounded out to end the threat.

Baez homered to left off Jenrry Mejia with one out in the ninth to give the Cubs their 4-1 lead. Baez has five homers in his first 60 major-league at- bats.

Hector Rondon got three outs after giving up Murphy's double to earn his 18th save of the season.

Game Notes

Torres made his 16th career start. His previous season-high in pitches was 81 in 4 2/3 innings against Texas on July 4 after starter Jon Niese was hit in the back by a grounder in the first inning ... The Cubs return to Chicago for six games starting Tuesday against San Francisco.

Box Score:

Arismendy Alcantara CF400000012.208
Javier Baez 2B511200102.233
Anthony Rizzo 1B422110111.276
Starlin Castro SS401000011.285
Luis Valbuena 3B403100000.238
Justin Ruggiano RF401000002.279
Welington Castillo C300000011.238
Matt Szczur LF300000000.000
  Chris Coghlan PH-LF100000000.276
Kyle Hendricks P300000002.143
  Neil Ramirez P000000000.000
  Ryan Sweeney PH111000000.262
  Hector Rondon P000000000.000
Curtis Granderson RF401000001.221
Daniel Murphy 2B401010001.297
David Wright 3B400000001.270
Lucas Duda 1B311100110.255
Travis d`Arnaud C400000001.227
Matt den Dekker LF201000011.200
  Vic Black P000000000.000
  Jenrry Mejia P000000000.000
Juan Lagares CF300000000.272
Wilmer Flores SS300000000.228
Carlos Torres P100000001.000
  Jon Niese PH100000000.050
  Dana Eveland P000000000.000
  Buddy Carlyle P000000000.000
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF100000001.233

LOB_Chicago Cubs 9, NY Mets 4. 2B_A.Rizzo, D.Murphy. HR_A.Rizzo (28) off B.Carlyle, J.Baez (5) off J.Mejia, L.Duda (22) off K.Hendricks. CS_M.den Dekker.

Kyle Hendricks (W 5-1)7.031123194-591.66
Neil Ramirez (H 12)1.000002012-81.17
Hector Rondon (S 18)1.010002022-143.17
Carlos Torres5.030026086-483.43
Dana Eveland (B 1)0.121101013-73.09
Buddy Carlyle (L 1-1)2.021113136-220.98
Vic Black0.200011014-72.01
Jenrry Mejia1.022200118-134.04

T_2:53. A_23271.
Umpires_Home,Adrian Johnson; First, Greg Gibson; Second, Phil Cuzzi; Third, Will Little.
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