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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 06: Head Trainer Ray Ramirez watches Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets throw after Santana fell on a play at first base during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on July 6, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 06: Head Trainer Ray Ramirez watches Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets throw after Santana fell on a play at first base during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on July 6, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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By RICK FREEMAN
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) _ Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer and Cubs
closer Carlos Marmol caught a line drive and started a game-ending
double play that blunted the New York Mets’ bid for another
ninth-inning comeback, giving Chicago an 8-7 win Friday night.

Travis Wood won his fourth straight start while Mets star Johan
Santana was tagged for a career high-tying 13 hits in only 4 2-3
innings.

A night after they got two runs with two outs in the ninth to
beat Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon, the Mets scored three
times off a wild Marmol.

But with runners at first and second, Lucas Duda hit a liner up
the middle that Marmol speared and flipped to first for the final
out.

Reed Johnson led off the game with a homer, had four hits of
Chicago’s season-high 18 hits and scored three runs. Rizzo, the
Cubs’ most hyped prospect this season, singled in the eighth for
the first four-hit game of his big league career.

Rizzo and Jeff Baker each homered in a five-run fifth inning
that made it 7-2. The Cubs held on to win for the eighth time in 11
games and sent the Mets to their third loss in nine games.

Wood (4-3) allowed two earned runs and was removed after walking
pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin to start the seventh.

Marmol had a shaky ninth. Entering with a four-run lead, he gave
up a solo homer to Valdespin with one out in the ninth, then walked
Ruben Tejada, pinch hitter Daniel Murphy and David Wright to load
the bases.

Pinch-hitter Ike Davis followed with a single, bringing up Duda.

In the fifth, Santana fell awkwardly while trying to cover first
base on an infield grounder by Johnson. Preparing to take the throw
from first baseman Justin Turner, Santana reached out with his foot
and appeared to jam it against the bag, then couldn’t handle the
toss with his bare hand and fell on his side. He took two warmup
pitches and remained in the game, but gave up two homers and four
more singles after that.

Santana (6-5) left after Luis Valbuena’s RBI single. Valbuena
was thrown out trying to take second and Wood was coming to the
plate with two outs, but manager Terry Collins pulled him anyway.

Johnson’s grounder to start the fifth was ruled a single, and
Santana allowed another single to Darwin Barney before Rizzo’s
drive. One out later, Baker hit a solo shot and then Geovany Soto,
Joe Mather and Valbuena singled.

The Mets went ahead 2-1 on Duda’s solo homer in the second and
Ronny Cedeno’s RBI double in the third.

Mike Nickeas added a sacrifice fly in the sixth for an unearned
run against Wood. Alfonso Soriano tacked on a run with a
bases-loaded bloop single in the eighth to make it 8-3.

Turner hit an RBI single in the eighth for his fourth hit of the
game.

NOTES: Cubs manager Dale Sveum says RHP Ryan Dempster will start
Sunday, and be limited to 70-80 pitches. The right-hander is on the
DL because of a tight back muscle. … Cubs SS Starlin Castro did
not start for the first time this season. Sveum said he wanted to
watch the game and discuss scenarios with the young star, who has
been prone to mental gaffes in the field. He entered in a double
switch in the 7th and played SS. He reached on an infield single
with two outs in the ninth. … Johnson’s last leadoff homer also
came against Santana _ July 23, 2007, when Johnson played for the
Blue Jays and Santana for the Twins. … Mets manager Terry Collins
said OF Jason Bay would take batting practice, run, and do “some
defensive stuff” as he tries to come back from his second
concussion. He also missed six weeks this season with a broken rib,
and is hitting .187 with four HRs and six RBIs in 22 games this
season. … New York wore blue jerseys trimmed in orange with “Los
Mets” on the front, a rare departure from the home whites this
season. … Duda’s homer was his 12th of the season. … Santana
last allowed 13 hits on July 28, 2010 against St. Louis. … Rizzo
has reached base safely in all 10 Cubs games he’s played in this
season.

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

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