Ramirez, Cubs rally back to beat MetsSep 10, 2011 - 10:16 PM
The teams combined for seven runs in a wild final two innings. After the Cubs scored once in the top of the eighth for a 3-0 lead, the Mets answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame to move in front before the Cubs countered with a two-run rally in the ninth to steal it right back.
New York's fourth error of the contest ignited Chicago's comeback against Bobby Parnell (3-6). David Wright booted Geovany Soto's leadoff grounder to third and Bryan LaHair doubled pinch-runner Lou Montanez to third.
Parnell nearly pitched out of it, as he flagged down Starlin Castro's bouncer for the first out and struck out Reed Johnson. Ramirez then slapped a ball through the hole between first and second to score both runners for a 5-4 lead.
Carlos Marmol worked around a one-out walk in the bottom of the ninth for his 34th save to close out Chicago's fourth win in six games. With a runner on first and two outs Jose Reyes ripped a line shot toward first that went off the glove of Carlos Pena, but second baseman DJ LeMahieu picked up the carom and threw to first to nab the speedy leadoff hitter by a half-step.
The Mets went into the home eighth down by three runs, but Willie Harris led off with a walk from Chicago starter Randy Wells and scored on a double by Reyes. Kerry Wood took the mound for the Cubs and yielded a single to Ruben Tejada before fanning Lucas Duda.
Wright then singled home Reyes to make it a 3-2 game and Angel Pagan went down swinging for the second out, but Wright stole second and both runners scored on a single to left field by Jason Bay to give the Mets a short-lived lead.
Wells, who entered the contest 5-0 in his previous seven starts, was charged with two runs on seven hits in seven-plus innings. He walked one and struck out three. Wood (3-5) was credited with the win despite blowing a save for the six time this season.
"We've had our ups and downs but these guys keep battling," said Cubs manager Mike Quade. "It's always good to see. For Wood to have a tough game and for us to pick him up was good to see."
New York starter Chris Capuano went the first seven innings and surrendered two runs -- one earned -- on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
The Cubs grabbed a quick lead in the first inning when Johnson doubled with one out and scored after Reyes was charged with an error for failing to catch a line drive off the bat of Jeff Baker.
New York threatened for the first time in the fourth when Duda and Wright both stroked one-out singles. A fielder's choice left runners at the corners and Castro made a nice play at shortstop to throw out Bay to end the inning.
The Cubs then extended their lead in the fifth. Soto led off with a walk, took second on a bunt and advanced to third on a single by Castro. Reyes then committed his second error of the game on a grounder by Johnson, allowing Soto to cross for a 2-0 edge.
"That's not us, that's for sure," Mets manager Terry Collins said about his team's four errors. "We catch the baseball -- we have all year long."
Wells worked out of minor trouble in the sixth, retiring Wright on a grounder and Pagan on a fly ball to right field after Duda had doubled with one out.
Chicago picked up another run in the eighth on back-to-back doubles by Alfonso Soriano and Marlon Byrd off Ryota Igarashi for a 3-0 edge.
Castro extended his hit streak to 11 games, matching a career-best previously set from August 15-27. He has also reached base in 23 straight games...Bay was 2-for-4 and now has a nine-game hitting streak. He is 14-for-31 during that stretch...In a strange occurrence, the Cubs had three straight batters in the third inning foul out and the first Mets batter in the bottom of the inning also fouled out...The Cubs now lead the all-time series, 346-345-2...Chicago will try for its first series win in Flushing since taking two-of-three from July 24-26, 2006 at Shea Stadium.
- CHICAGO: 5
NEW YORK: 4
Sep 10 4:15 PM
- Aramis Ramirez singled in Lou Montanez and Tyler Colvin with two out. Aramis Ramirez takes second on the throw. Runner on second with two outs and Tony Campana due up.
Cubs 5, Mets 4 Top 9, 2 OutsSep 10 4:02 PM
- Jason Bay singled in Ruben Tejada and David Wright. Runner on first and Nick Evans due up.
Cubs 3, Mets 4 Bot 8, 2 OutsSep 10 3:48 PM
- David Wright singled in Jose Reyes with one out. On the play, Ruben Tejada advances to third. Runners on first and third with Angel Pagan due up.
Cubs 3, Mets 2 Bot 8, 1 OutSep 10 3:42 PM
- Jose Reyes doubled inWillie Harris with none out. Runner on second and Ruben Tejada due up.
Cubs 3, Mets 1 Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 10 3:32 PM
- Marlon Byrd doubled in DJ LeMahieu with two out. Runner on second and Carlos Pena due up.
Cubs 3, Mets 0 Top 8, 2 OutsSep 10 3:19 PM
- Reed Johnson reached first on Jose Reyes's fielding error scoring Geovany Soto with one out. On the play, Starlin Castro advances to second. Runners on first and second with Aramis Ramirez due up.
Cubs 2, Mets 0 Top 5, 1 OutSep 10 2:28 PM
- Jeff Baker reached first on Jose Reyes's error scoring Reed Johnson with two out. Runner on first and Alfonso Soriano due up.
Cubs 1, Mets 0 Top 1, 2 OutsSep 10 1:18 PM
- CHICAGO: 0
NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 10 1:13 PM
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