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Baez, Rizzo lead Cubs past Padres 6-1
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Baez, Rizzo lead Cubs past Padres 6-1
(CHICAGO) - Javier Báez lined a two-run homer, Anthony Rizzo had two doubles among three hits and the surging Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 on Wednesday for their third straight win and ninth in 10 games. LINKC. Baez’s shot to the left-field bleachers was his 14th homer and third in three games, and it capped a three-run seventh that allowed Chicago to put it away. Rizzo drove in two runs in the fifth with his first double to snap 1-1 tie and posted a second-straight multi hit game after missing the previous six with back tightness. The Cubs are looking more and more like a deep, offensively talented team that belongs in first place in the NL Central. Manager David Ross is encouraged. He gave stars Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras they day off on Wednesday, but his lineup kept producing. The Cubs homered eight times as they swept the Padres in a three-game set at Wrigley Field for the first time since May 2012. San Diego lost its fourth straight, its longest skid since last August. The Padres also lost Kim Ha-seong and Tommy Pham to injury after they collided chasing a fly ball in the fourth inning. Manager Jayce Tingler said Kim might be day-to-day, but Pham's condition could be more serious. Tingler said Kim had been checked under concussion protocol, “is doing well” and it “doesn't look like he had a concussion.” Pham sustained a blow to the jaw and needed stitches. He'll need to undergo a CT scan to check for structural damage. Rizzo lined a pitch from Tim Hill to left-center beyond the glove of diving center fielder Jurickson Profar to put Chicago ahead 3-1 in the fifth. Hill, a lefty, had entered to face the left-handed hitting Rizzo. He replaced Pierce Johnson (1-2) who was charged with the loss. Adbert Alzolay (4-4) allowed one run on three hits and struck out seven in five innings for the win. Four Cubs relievers followed with four scoreless innings. Kim drove in the Padres run.

OTHER WEDNESDAY N.L. SCORES
NY Mets 7 – Arizona 6
Washington 5 – Atlanta 3
LA Dodgers 14 – St. Louis 3
Philadelphia at Cincinnati - postponed

WEDNESDAY A.L. SCORES
Ch. White Sox at Cleveland – postponed
Baltimore 6 – Minnesota 3
NY Yankees 4 – Tampa Bay 3
Houston 2 – Boston 1
Oakland 6 – Seattle 0

WEDNESDAY INTERLEAGUE SCORES
Toronto 6 – Miami 5
Colorado 6 – Texas 3

WEDNESDAY STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCORES
NORTH DIVISION
Montreal 5 – Winnipeg 3 (Montreal leads 1-0)

WEST DIVISION
Colorado 3 – Vegas 2 (OT) (Colorado leads 2-0)

WEDNESDAY NBA PLAYOFF SCORES
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Philadelphia 129 – Washington 112 (Philadelphia wins series 4-1)
Atlanta 103 – NY Knicks 89 (Atlanta wins series 4-1)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Utah 126 – Memphis 110 (Utah wins series 4-1)
Dallas 105 – LA Clippers 100 (Dallas leads 3-2)

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