Cubs 7, Mets 6

By Chris Rewers on Friday, September 3, 2010

Hero: Blake DeWitt (2-for-4) hit a two-out, three-run homer into the right-field bleachers off New York starter R.A. Dickey (9-6) to give the Cubs a 7-4 lead in the sixth inning.

Goat: Cubs starter Randy Wells was not sharp. The right-hander put the Cubs in an early hole by allowing three runs in the first inning and gave up a two-out RBI double to Lucas Duda in the sixth that enabled the Mets to tie the game at 4. Wells, who did not figure in the decision, allowed eight hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out four and walking four. Wells is 1-5 with a 5.83 ERA in his last eight starts.

Key Play: DeWitt's fifth home run of the season and fourth as a Cub came on a 1-and-0 Dickey knuckleball. DeWitt, who took advanatge of a 15-mph breeze blowing out to right, is hitting .277 since joining the Cubs on Aug. 1.

Comments: Alfonso Soriano also contributed a three-run homer for the Cubs (58-77) - his 22nd home run of the season - off Dickey as the Cubs won for the seventh time in 10 games under interim manager Mike Quade.

James Russell (1-1) became the fifth Cubs pitcher (Jeff Gray, Andrew Cashner, Casey Coleman, and Thomas Diamond are the others) to earn his first major league win this season - and the second in as many games. Russell, who relieved Wells in the sixth, faced just one batter, retiring Carlos Beltran on a flyout to left.

Next: Carlos Zambrano (6-6, 4.36 ERA), who is 3-0 with a 1.84 ERA in five starts since rejoining the starting rotation on Aug. 9, starts for the Cubs on Saturday (WGN, 12:05 p.m.) and will oppose rookie New York fireballer Jenrry Mejia (0-2, 3.25).

Zambrano is four strikeouts shy of tying Kerry Wood for third on the Cubs all-time career strikeout list. Fergie Jenkins is the Cubs' all-time leader with 2,038 strikeouts and is followed on the list by Charlie Root (1,432) and Wood (1,407).

It will be the first major league start for Mejia, who began the year at the Rookie League level, and was 2-0 with a 1.28 ERA in nine minor league appearances (all starts) this season. The 20-year-old Dominican right-hander struck out 45, walked 16, and allowed 29 hits in 42 1/3 minor league innings in 2010. He allowed one run over eight innings for Triple-A Buffalo on Monday after taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

Saturday's game was originally scheduled to appear on Fox and begin at 3:10 p.m.

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