Mets 18, Cubs 5

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, September 5, 2010

Hero: Aramis Ramirez (2-for-4) collected his 1,600th career hit with an RBI single in the first inning and his 1,601st with a two-run homer (22nd of the season) in the third. Ramirez, who is hitting .243 on the season and .295 since the All-Star break, has hit safely in 12 of his last 16 games and has 25 multi-hit games on the season.

Ramirez left the game after injuring his right quad while running out a grounder in the eighth inning. He will be re-evaluated Monday.

Goat: Ryan Dempster (12-10), who failed to win his 100th career game for the second straight start, allowed seven runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Dempster struck out five and walked four.

Key Play: Ruben Tejada's (2-for-4, 5 RBI) two-run single off Dempster snapped a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning. Tejada, who is hitting just .193, entered the game with just eight RBI on the season. He added his first career homer in the seventh off James Russell.Tejada was just 5-for-45 (.111) with one extra-base hit (a double) in August.

Comments: The 18 runs surrendered by the Cubs (59-78) equaled their season high, against Milwaukee at Wrigley Field on Aug. 2. It was the 16th time this season that they allowed 10 or more runs.

Rookie Cubs relievers continued to struggle as Russell (two-thirds of an inning) and Thomas Diamond (inning) were each tagged for five earned runs.

The batting average of Starlin Castro (0-for-4) dropped to .317. The rookie ranks third in the National League batting race.

Next: Casey Coleman (1-1, 5.76 ERA) will make his first start in eight days Monday (WGN, 1:20 p.m.) when he opposes Houston left-hander Wandy Rodriguez (11-12, 3.71). He's 1-0 in two starts (13 innings) against the North Siders this season.

The Astros (64-72), who traded franchise icons Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt in July, have won 12 of their last 15,

Rodriguez is 8-2 with a 1.65 ERA in his last 13 starts. He has rhe second lowest ERA among National League starters since June 24. He is 5-4 with a 3.98 ERA in 15 career starts against the Cubs.

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