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Rizzo's big HR helps Cubs foil Mets' rally

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NEW YORK -- Carlos Marmol's high-wire act almost undid a game the Chicago Cubs ultimately won behind two young players full of promise.

Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer and Travis Wood won his fourth straight start, but not until after Marmol caught a line drive and started a game-ending double play that blunted the New York Mets' bid for another ninth-inning comeback, giving Chicago an 8-7 victory Friday night.

"It was getting interesting but he pulled it off," Wood said.

Mets star Johan Santana was tagged for a career high-tying 13 hits in only 4 2/3 innings.

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A night after they got two runs with two outs in the ninth to beat Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon, the Mets scored three times off a wild Marmol. But with runners at first and second, Lucas Duda hit a liner up the middle that Marmol speared and flipped to first for the final out.

Reed Johnson led off the game with a homer, had four hits of Chicago's season-high 18 hits and scored three runs. Rizzo, the Cubs' most hyped prospect this season, singled in the eighth for the first four-hit game of his big league career.

Rizzo and Wood were both acquired in trades before the season by new Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.

The Cubs, whose 32-51 record is half a game from the NL cellar, could trade Marmol, who lost his closing job once already earlier this season and has been no stranger to shaky outings. He has 28 walks in 25 2/3 innings, though he has been better recently than he was to start the season.

The same could be said of the Cubs, who are 7-3 since Rizzo was called up June 26 -- in a game against the Mets.

"For 10 games, he's been pretty good," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "To sit on pitches like he does, and have an educated guess like he does is impressive."

Rizzo and Jeff Baker each homered in a five-run fifth inning that made it 7-2. The Cubs held on to win for the eighth time in 11 games and sent the Mets to their third loss in nine games.

"It was awesome, right from Reed Johnson's home run," Rizzo said. "And it carried over. Hitting is contagious no matter where you are."

Wood (4-3) allowed two earned runs and was removed after walking pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin to start the seventh.

"I don't think he had the stuff he's had the last few," Sveum said. "He definitely didn't have the stuff he's had in the past."

Marmol had a rocky ninth. Entering with a four-run lead, he gave up a solo homer to Valdespin with one out, then walked Ruben Tejada, pinch hitter Daniel Murphy and David Wright to load the bases.

Pinch-hitter Ike Davis followed with a single, bringing up Duda. Marmol's quick reflexes saved the Cubs.

In the fifth, Santana fell awkwardly while trying to cover first base on an infield grounder by Johnson. Preparing to take the throw from first baseman Justin Turner, Santana reached out with his foot and apparently got stepped on, then couldn't handle the toss with his bare hand and fell on his side. He took two warmup pitches and remained in the game, but gave up two homers and four more singles after that.

"Obviously, command of his fastball went awry," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He said it wasn't his foot. He told me afterward his foot was fine. He just didn't make his pitches after that."

Santana (6-5) left after Luis Valbuena's RBI single. Valbuena was thrown out trying to take second and Wood was coming to the plate with two outs, but Collins pulled him anyway.

Johnson's grounder to start the fifth was ruled a single, and Santana allowed another single to Darwin Barney before Rizzo's drive. One out later, Baker hit a solo shot and then Geovany Soto, Joe Mather and Valbuena singled.

The Mets went ahead 2-1 on Duda's solo homer in the second and Ronny Cedeno's RBI double in the third.

Mike Nickeas added a sacrifice fly in the sixth for an unearned run against Wood. Alfonso Soriano tacked on a run with a bases-loaded bloop single in the eighth to make it 8-3. Turner hit an RBI single in the eighth for his fourth hit of the game.

Notes

  • Sveum says RHP Ryan Dempster will start Sunday, and be limited to 70-80 pitches. The right-hander is on the DL because of a tight back muscle.
  • Cubs SS Starlin Castro did not start for the first time this season. Sveum said he wanted to watch the game and discuss scenarios with the young star, who has been prone to mental gaffes in the field.
  • Johnson's last leadoff homer also came off Santana -- July 23, 2007, when Johnson played for the Blue Jays and Santana for the Twins.
  • Collins said OF Jason Bay would take batting practice, run, and do "some defensive stuff" as he tries to come back from his second concussion. He also missed six weeks this season with a broken rib, and is hitting .187 with four HRs and six RBI in 22 games this season.
  • New York wore blue jerseys trimmed in orange with "Los Mets" on the front, a rare departure from the home whites this season.
  • Santana last allowed 13 hits on July 28, 2010 against St. Louis.
  • Rizzo has reached base safely in all 10 Cubs games he's played in this season.
 
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Anthony Rizzo hits a three-run homer in the fifth as the Cubs hold on for their eighth win in 11 games. (US Presswire)
Anthony Rizzo hits a three-run homer in the fifth as the Cubs hold on for their eighth win in 11 games. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Turner
AB 4
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Chicago

A. Rizzo
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Reed Johnson, RF6341011 .299
Darwin Barney, SS-2B4110111 .262
Anthony Rizzo, 1B5143011 .375
Alfonso Soriano, LF4021121 .269
    Tony Campana, CF0000000 .272
Jeff Baker, 2B4221014 .263
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
   a- Bryan LaHair, PH1000013 .288
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Geovany Soto, C5120005 .175
Joe Mather, CF-LF4011000 .237
Luis Valbuena, 3B5011001 .205
Travis Wood, P3000012 .278
    Starlin Castro, SS2010000 .289
Totals43818828  
a-struck out for Camp in the 8th
Batting
2B - Reed Johnson (7, Santana), Jeff Baker (8, Santana)
HR - Reed Johnson (3, Santana), Anthony Rizzo (4, Santana), Jeff Baker (3, Santana)
SF - Joe Mather (1)
RBI - Reed Johnson (13), Anthony Rizzo 3 (9), Alfonso Soriano (47), Jeff Baker (14), Joe Mather (13), Luis Valbuena (14)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Valbuena-Barney-Rizzo, Marmol-Rizzo
E - Darwin Barney (2, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (W,4-3) 6532431 3.05
Shawn Camp 1000000 2.86
James Russell 1211010 2.43
Carlos Marmol 1233311 5.61
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 100-61, Shawn Camp 4-3, James Russell 23-17, Carlos Marmol 28-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 7-8, Shawn Camp 2-0, James Russell 1-1
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 27, Shawn Camp 2, James Russell 5, Carlos Marmol 7
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ruben Tejada, SS3200211 .323
Ronny Cedeno, 2B4011000 .259
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .000
   a- Daniel Murphy, PH0100100 .289
David Wright, 3B4110101 .353
Scott Hairston, LF4000002 .250
   b- Ike Davis, PH1012000 .204
Lucas Duda, RF5211014 .252
Justin Turner, 1B4041000 .284
Mike Nickeas, C2001102 .172
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF3000112 .267
Johan Santana, P2000022 .097
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   c- Jordany Valdespin, PH-2B1111100 .234
Totals3379775  
a-walked for Batista in the 9th
b-singled for Hairston in the 9th
c-walked for Ramirez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ronny Cedeno (4, Wood), David Wright (27, Russell), Justin Turner (7, Wood)
HR - Lucas Duda (12, Wood), Jordany Valdespin (3, Marmol)
SF - Mike Nickeas (1)
RBI - Ronny Cedeno (8), Ike Davis 2 (47), Lucas Duda (44), Justin Turner (13), Mike Nickeas (13), Jordany Valdespin (13)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Turner (9)
CS - Justin Turner (1, 2nd base by Wood/Soto)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Lucas Duda 1
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johan Santana (L,6-5) 4.21377063 3.24
Ramon Ramirez 2.1100100 3.98
Miguel Batista 2411120 4.20
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 89-64, Ramon Ramirez 29-17, Miguel Batista 32-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 1-6, Ramon Ramirez 3-4, Miguel Batista 1-3
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 26, Ramon Ramirez 9, Miguel Batista 11
Game Information
Attendance - 27956
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth