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Cubs use long ball to blast Mets 14-3
Wednesday Jun 14, 2017 12:00am

Cubs use long ball to blast Mets 14-3
(NEW YORK) - Joe Maddon had a big idea to turn around his slumping Chicago Cubs. How big? About 240 pounds, right at the top of the batting order. Anthony Rizzo began the game with a long home run after a surprising move to the leadoff spot, rookie Ian Happ hit his first career grand slam and the Cubs trounced the New York Mets 14-3 on Tuesday night. Backed by a season-best seven-run second inning, the World Series champs snapped a nine-game skid on the road and moved back to .500 through 64 games. The Cubs had lost five of six overall. Jon Lester (4-4) earned his 150th win and matched a season high with 10 strikeouts. He allowed a run and five hits over seven innings. Rizzo, batting leadoff for the first time in his career, had two hits, three RBI and a bases-loaded walk. He's reached safely in 21 of his last 36 plate appearances. Rizzo got the Cubs rolling with a 462-foot shot to center field off Zack Wheeler (3-4). Chicago then batted around in the second, and the biggest blow came when Happ went the opposite way with the bases loaded for his sixth homer. Every starter for the Cubs had at least one hit by the fourth inning, including Lester, who also drew a walk in the sixth. Jason Heyward, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez also went deep for Chicago, which matched a season high for runs and had 15 hits. Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and a walk.


OTHER N.L. SCORES
St. Louis 6 – Milwaukee 0 (game one)
Washington 10 – Atlanta 5
Pittsburgh 5 – Colorado 2
Milwaukee 8 – St. Louis 5 (game two)
San Diego 6 – Cincinnati 2

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