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Rookie Rizzo Lifts Cubs Past Mets

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CHICAGO (AP) _ Anthony Rizzo had two hits and drove in the
go-ahead run in his first game with the Chicago Cubs, who rallied
for a 5-3 victory over the sliding New York Mets on Tuesday night.
Rizzo’s two-out double drove in Steve Clevenger in the fourth,
making it 4-3 and sending the Mets to their fourth straight loss _
matching a season high. Rizzo was called up earlier in the day for
his highly anticipated Cubs debut after posting big numbers for
Triple-A Iowa.

Rizzo reached on an infield single in the first when his smash
eluded shortstop Ruben Tejada, a play that was originally scored an
error. He also grounded out to first in the third, advancing two
runners and sparking Chicago’s three-run rally.

Dillon Gee (5-6) struck out six in five innings for the Mets,
but gave up four runs and nine hits. The right-hander is 1-3 with a
3.69 ERA in his last six starts.

New York’s David Wright went 0 for 3 with a walk and a sacrifice
fly, ending his hitting streak at 15 games. It was the longest
active streak in the majors.

Luis Valbuena, Darwin Barney, Clevenger and David DeJesus joined
Rizzo with two hits apiece for the Cubs, who finished with 12 hits
overall.

Valbuena doubled home a run and Barney had a run-scoring single
as the Cubs overcame another poor outing by starter Randy Wells.
Wells, subbing for injured right-hander Ryan Dempster in the
rotation, lasted just three-plus innings. He was charged with three
runs and six hits with four walks.

Wells gave up three runs, five hits and four walks in 3 2-3
innings against the White Sox in his previous outing.

Four relievers combined to shut out the Mets over the final five
innings to preserve the win. Carlos Marmol worked around a leadoff
walk and finished for his fifth save.

Josh Thole had two hits and drove in a run for the Mets, who
stranded 12 runners, leaving at least one man on base in every
inning except the first, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis was caught stealing
in that inning.

The Mets established an early two-run lead with four straight
two-out singles off Wells in the second. Thole and Gee each drove
in runs.

Chicago rallied with three runs in the third, aided by a pair of
walks.

The touted Rizzo hit .342 with 23 homers and 62 RBIs at Iowa. He
made his big league debut last season for San Diego, hitting .141
in 49 games before being traded to the Cubs during the offseason.
His arrival in Chicago was a “breath of fresh air” according
to Dale Sveum, manager of the club with the worst record in
baseball.

NOTES: Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said while the club is
still gathering information, his “initial understanding” is CF
Marlon Byrd’s 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs
will not affect the amount of money the club is responsible for on
Byrd’s contract. Chicago traded Byrd to the Red Sox on April 21. .
Mets manager Terry Collins said there is still no timetable for the
return of OF Jason Bay (concussion). Collins said a return before
the All-Star break is conceivable, but optimistic. . Mets 1B Ike
Davis was ejected in the eighth by first base umpire Manny Gonzalez
after arguing a safe call on a pickoff attempt.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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