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CHICAGO -- Starlin Castro is working hard to overcome the perception
that he doesnt care.
After making an error that led to three unearned runs in the first
inning, the Chicago Cubs shortstop was determined to atone for the
"I just wanted to try and pick up my teammates," Castro said. "Its my
fault that I made an error."
Castro went 3 for 4 with three RBIs to offset his miscue and help the
Cubs outlast the New York Mets for a 5-4 win in a mistake-filled game
that featured a combined 13 pitchers and 15 walks.
"Starlin had a couple of nice at-bats making up," Chicago manager Rick
Renteria said. "He was really upset that he wasnt able to make the play.
He thought he should have made the play."
Anthony Rizzo went 1 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored for the
Lucas Duda had a two-run double to lead a Mets offence that again failed
to get the clutch hit. New York loaded the bases in the fifth and sixth
innings without scoring.
The Mets have dropped two straight after winning three in a row and are
8-18 in one-run games.
Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (4-5) was victimized by his defence and his
own lack of command, but managed to get through five innings, giving up
five hits and five walks. Just one of the four runs he surrendered was
Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.
Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka didnt make it through the fifth, allowing
four runs on four hits and five walks in 4 1-3 innings. Reliever
Dana Eveland (0-1) gave up a run in 2-3 of an inning to take the loss.
"We got off to a good start," New York manager Terry Collins said. "We
just havent been able to add on. Weve had opportunities to put games
away. We had the bases loaded several times and were getting guys on so
its not like were not getting on base. Were just not hitting with guys
on base, which has been the tune thus far the way we started the
The Mets scorred three unearned runs in the first inning thanks to
Castros error. Drew Stanton Cardinals Jersey. With two on and two out, Bobby Abreu hit a sharp grounder up the
middle. Castro was playing behind second base in the shift, but booted
the ball to allow a run to score.
Duda then compounded the Cubs woes by doubling to left field to drive in
two runs for a 3-0 lead.
The Cubs answered in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs.
Castro plated the first with a run-scoring single and the next batter,
Nate Schierholtz, drove in the other with a groundout to first.
The Mets stretched the lead to 4-2 in the fourth when Ruben Tejada
drilled a 2-0 pitch from Jackson six rows into the left-field bleachers.
The solo shot was Tejadas second home run in less than a week. He
homered Saturday in Philadelphia to snap a streak of 552 homerless
at-bats, the longest active streak in the major leagues at the time. The
Mets had a chance to tack on runs in the fifth after loading the bases
with two out, but Anthony Recker popped out to first base to end the
Jackson threw 110 pitches and was happy that he was allowed to finish
"When the coaches have an opportunity to come pull you out and the
bullpen is ready and they leave you out there," he said, "you feel like
you kind of owe it to them -- whatever the situation -- to get through
The Cubs then pushed across three runs in the bottom of the inning for a
5-4 lead. Fittingly, the winning run scored on a wild pitch from
reliever Jeurys Familia.
The Cubs bullpen then made it hold up as six relievers combined to keep
the Mets scoreless in the final four innings.
NOTES: After the game, the Mets designated RHP Buddy Carlyle for
assignment. OF Andrew Brown arrived in Chicago on Wednesday and will be
activated on Thursday. . Renteria was ejected in the third inning by
home plate umpire Todd Tichenor for arguing balls and strikes from the
dugout. It was Renterias fourth ejection of the season.