Ryan Sweeney led off the inning with a single against Cesar Ramos
(2-4), was sacrificed to second and advanced to third when Javier
Baez struck out but reached on a wild pitch. Rizzo lined the second
pitch to deep right field to easily drive in Sweeney.
Carlos Villanueva (5-6) pitched a scoreless 12th as the final five
Chicago relievers allowed just two hits over 5 1/3 scoreless
innings. Desmond Jennings went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Rays, who
fell 6 1/2 games behind Kansas City for the American League’s second
Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the seventh when Jennings smacked an
RBI double to left-center field. The Cubs tied it in the bottom of
the inning when Sweeney doubled with two out and scored on Chris
Coghlan’s triple to right.
The Rays pushed across a run in the fifth when Curt Casali doubled
and later scored when Jennings reached on an infield single as Baez
threw wildly to first. The Cubs tied the score in the bottom of the
inning on Baez’s run-scoring single.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Rays RHP Alex Cobb allowed one run and six hits over six
innings, while Cubs LHP Travis Wood gave up four hits and one unearned
run in six frames. … Tampa Bay pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts in
the finale to set a franchise record for a three-game series by fanning
44 Chicago batters. … The Cubs optioned LHP Chris Rusin to Triple-A Iowa
and placed RHP Brian Schlitter (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list to
open spots for RHP Neil Ramirez (activated from DL) and RHP Jacob Turner
(acquired from Miami).
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