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Cubs rally again, beat Tigers 5-2
Thursday Jul 05, 2018 12:00am

(CHICAGO) – Javier Baez flashed a little baserunning moxie, and it paid off. Baez stole home and Willson Contreras hit a tie-breaking homer to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Detroit Tigers 5-2 on Wednesday for their sixth straight victory. Baez capped an eventful trip around the bases by stealing home in the fourth to tie it at 2. He singled to lead off the inning, then Detroit starter Francisco Liriano tried to pick him off first base. But first baseman John Hicks' throw to second sailed into left field and Baez advanced to third. Baez sprinted home when Liriano tried pick off Addison Russell at first. Hicks' throw to catcher James McCann was quick and accurate, but Baez slid head-first and touched the plate before McCann could tag him. David Bote hit his first homer for the Cubs, while Detroit got solo shots from Nick Castellanos and Hicks, but was swept by the Cubs in the two-game interleague set and has dropped 13 of 15. Chicago starter Jose Quintana (7-6) allowed two runs on five hits through six innings to win for the first time since May 31. Liriano (3-5) permitted three runs on five hits and five walks in his third outing, and third loss, since returning from the disabled list. Brandon Morrow pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 20 chances. Castellanos' homer was his 14th and third in five games. Hicks' shot in the third landed halfway up the left-center bleachers and put the Tigers back in front, 2-1.

John Hicks jumps on home plate after a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs (photo courtesy of Matt Manton/AP)
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