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Late offensive surge allows Cubs to coast to another victory

4 years agoTony Andracki

When summer camp began, the Cubs spoke about the importance of getting out to a hot start in a shortened season.

Well, they’re now two weeks into that season and it’s been a full week since they last suffered defeat.

The Cubs pulled out another close game Wednesday night in Kansas City, beating the Royals 6-1 for their 6th straight victory. They now have a 10-2 record on the season and have a 4.5-game lead on the rest of the division.

The Royals actually jumped out to an early lead Wednesday when a run scored on a double play groundball in the 3rd inning. But the Cubs answered back immediately in the top of the 4th with a Javy Báez RBI single and a run coming home on Willson Contreras’ double play ball.

Yu Darvish buckled down from there, allowing only the 1 run allowed in 7 strong innings while striking out 4 against only 1 walk and 5 hits. It was the 6th straight quality start for the Cubs pitching staff.

“Another great start from him,” David Ross said. “Mixed his pitches well. We played some really good defense and then he settled in. Looked like he really took off once we got the lead. Pounding the zone and mixing his pitches really well. … That was a really nice performance.”

The offense tacked on huge insurance runs late as they took advantage of a fielding miscue in the 8th. Kris Bryant reached on a throwing error with 2 outs and came around to score on Báez’s single. A few pitches later, Contreras added another single to bring home Rizzo and give the Cubs bullpen more of a cushion.

Then in the top of the 9th, they added a couple more. Ian Happ led off with a double and two batters later, Victor Caratini drove him home with a single. Caratini scored all the way from first when Bryant drove a hit into the gap and Royals center fielder Whit Merrifield bobbled the ball.

“I’m really proud of our guys for capitalizing on mistakes,” Ross said. “It’s something that a good team does.”

The Cubs go for the sweep Thursday night in Kansas City with a 6:15 p.m. game.

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