New York at Chicago

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New York (28-32)000002200480
Chicago (23-34) «03010012x782

Cubs 7, Mets 4

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CHICAGO -- It didn't matter much to Anthony Rizzo that the Chicago Cubs finally swept a series.

Winning three straight? That's what registered with him.

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 on Thursday night to complete the three-game sweep.

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

"I know we won three games in a row, whether it's a sweep or not," Rizzo said. "It's just nice to win ... especially in a series where we played good baseball."

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 to left following a replay review on what would have been the third out to give Chicago a 3-0 lead. And Wood drove in another run with a fielder's choice grounder in the fourth.

"I feel like we're commanded to hit in this league, so you want to try to be as best as you can," said Wood, who has two home runs this season and eight in his career.

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 home run.

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

Neil Ramirez then converted his first save opportunity, retiring the side in the ninth, and the Cubs swept three from New York at Wrigley Field for the first time since April 2004.

The Mets went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 runners after leaving 10 on in each of the previous two games. It added up to a sweep by a team with the worst record in the National League.

"When they all got big league uniforms on, they're major leaguers," New York manager Terry Collins said. "They're trying to beat you just as much as you're trying to beat them. Once in a while they play good, you don't play good, you're gonna get your butt kicked. That's the way it is, that's just the way it is around here."

They wasted several opportunities against Wood, who gave up two runs and five hits in five-plus innings. He tied a season high with five walks but kept pitching out of trouble until the Mets knocked him out in the sixth.

He left with a run in after giving up a leadoff walk to Brown and back-to-back singles by Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada. Young added an RBI single off Brian Schlitter with two out, cutting it to 4-2, before Curtis Granderson popped out to end the rally.

DeGrom gave up four runs and five hits over five innings and remained winless in five starts for New York.

Notes

The Cubs observed a moment of silence before the game for Don Zimmer, who managed the 1989 team to the NL East crown. Zimmer spent 66 years in pro baseball and was still working as a senior adviser for the Tampa Bay Rays before he died Wednesday at 83. He had been in a Florida rehab center since heart surgery in mid-April. "I lived in St. Petersburg for 12 years, so I saw Don a lot," Collins said. "It's a sad day for baseball. One of the truly iconic baseball personalities in the game. I grew up a Dodgers fan and this guy was one of the great Dodgers. If it wasn't for Pee Wee (Reese) he would have had a tremendous career." ... Mets prized pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard left Thursday's start for Triple-A Las Vegas after experiencing discomfort in his left shoulder following a tag play at the plate. New York said he had precautionary X-rays and the results are pending. It was his first start after returning from the DL because of a mild strain in his right elbow. ... Chicago took Indiana C-OF Kyle Schwarber with the fourth pick in the draft.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Rizzo
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

A. Brown
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Young, CF3011201 .197
Curtis Granderson, RF4010103 .217
David Wright, 3B5000002 .285
   Jenrry Mejia, P0000000 .000
Eric Campbell, 1B-3B4110132 .289
Andrew Brown, LF3212100 .200
Wilmer Flores, 2B5120001 .254
Ruben Tejada, SS3011111 .230
Travis d'Arnaud, C3000004 .184
   a-Bobby Abreu, PH1000000 .283
   Anthony Recker, C0000000 .200
Jacob deGrom, P2010000 .556
   b-Daniel Murphy, PH1000012 .297
   Vic Black, P0000000 .000
   Josh Edgin, P0000000 .000
   c-Lucas Duda, PH-1B1000000 .243
Totals3548465  
a-fouled out for d'Arnaud in the 8th
b-struck out for deGrom in the 6th
c-flied out for Edgin in the 8th
Batting
2B - Wilmer Flores (2, Wood), Jacob deGrom (1, Wood)
HR - Andrew Brown (2, Grimm)
RBI - Chris Young (15), Andrew Brown 2 (7), Ruben Tejada (15)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Young (3)
Team LOB - 11
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jacob deGrom 5544331 3.19
Vic Black (L,1-1) 1.2111131 1.17
Josh Edgin 0.1000010 2.70
Jenrry Mejia 1222110 4.35
IBB - Bonifacio by Jenrry Mejia
Pitches-Strikes - Jacob deGrom 90-59, Vic Black 33-21, Josh Edgin 7-5, Jenrry Mejia 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob deGrom 4-9, Vic Black 2-0
Batters Faced - Jacob deGrom 24, Vic Black 7, Josh Edgin 1, Jenrry Mejia 5
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Junior Lake, LF5012002 .241
   Neil Ramirez, P0000000 .000
Justin Ruggiano, CF-LF3000121 .231
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4121011 .274
Starlin Castro, SS3000111 .272
Luis Valbuena, 3B4120012 .270
Nate Schierholtz, RF3000123 .215
Darwin Barney, 2B4320001 .188
Eli Whiteside, C3001012 .000
Travis Wood, P2113000 .273
   Brian Schlitter, P00000001.000
   a-Chris Coghlan, PH0000100 .171
   Justin Grimm, P0000000 .000
   Pedro Strop, P0000000 .000
   b-Emilio Bonifacio, PH-CF0100100 .269
Totals3178758  
a-walked for Schlitter in the 6th
b-was walked intentionally for Strop in the 8th
Batting
2B - Luis Valbuena (13, deGrom), Darwin Barney 2 (3, deGrom)
3B - Junior Lake (2, Mejia)
HR - Anthony Rizzo (11, Black), Travis Wood (2, deGrom)
SF - Eli Whiteside (1)
RBI - Junior Lake 2 (21), Anthony Rizzo (29), Eli Whiteside (1), Travis Wood 3 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Junior Lake 2 (7), Travis Wood 2 (7)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Wood-Castro-Rizzo
E - Anthony Rizzo (4, Dropped fly), Luis Valbuena (4, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood 5422530 5.04
Brian Schlitter (H,8) 1100010 2.03
Justin Grimm (W,2-2; BS,1) 1222001 3.29
Pedro Strop (H,5) 1100100 4.02
Neil Ramirez (S,1) 1000010 0.68
HBP - Brown (by Travis Wood)
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 92-51, Brian Schlitter 16-12, Justin Grimm 18-11, Pedro Strop 20-10, Neil Ramirez 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 5-7, Justin Grimm 1-2, Pedro Strop 1-2
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 25, Brian Schlitter 4, Justin Grimm 5, Pedro Strop 5, Neil Ramirez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28833
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Clint Fagan, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Todd Tichenor