Cubs Offense Breaks Tie Late, Win In KC 6-4

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The Chicago Cubs put together just enough small ball with just enough luck on Friday night in Kansas City to take game one of their interleague series against the Royals 6-4.

Ryan Dempster made the start for the Cubs, going six innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. Back-to-back singles by the Royals in the bottom of hte second inning and a sac fly were the first mistakes he made on the night, but most of the damage done by Kansas City came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Dempster gave up a two run home run to Jeff Francoeur as well as an RBI single to Melky Cabrera, which put the Royals up 4-3.

The Cubs would mount a comeback, however. Their first three runs came early in the night off of Bruce Chen, who pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four. Jeff Baker had an RBI triple in the first to score Aramis Ramirez, and Carlos Pena and Lou Montanez had RBI hits in the top of the fourth inning. They would tie the inning off of Blake Wood in the top of the seventh when Carlos Pena led off with a double. He was moved to third on an Alfonso Soriano single, and then scored when Blake DeWitt grounded into a double play.

They then broke the tie in the ninth inning. Tony Campana singled on a bunt, was moved to third by D.J. LeMahieu, and then scored when Kosuke Fukudome reached after a throwing error by Chris Getz. Starlin Castro followed with his 37th RBI of the season, scoring LeMahieu.

Carlos Marmol managed to close out the game with minimal trouble, earning his 16th save of the season.

The second game of the series will take place on Saturday night at 6:10 P.M., CDT.

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Cubs Look To Bounce Back Against Royals

Two days after dropping their crosstown match-up to the White Sox in painful fashion, the Cubs will look to get back on track as they take a short interleague road trip to Kansas City to face the Royals. This will be the first time in more than a decade that the Cubs have played a series at Kauffman Stadium.

Pitching for the Cubs will be Ryan Dempster. With the exception of his first start of the month against St. Louis, Dempster has had a successful June, and is now 5-6 with a 5.46 ERA and 1.48 WHIP on the year. Dempster has started one game against Kansas City before, in which he gave up four runs on six hits over six innings, walking five and striking out one.

The Royals will counter with Bruce Chen, who will be making his first start since going on the DL on May 6th. Prior to his trip to the DL, Chen was 4-1 with a 3.59 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. In his career against the Cubs, Chen is 1-1, across four starts and 11 relief appearances, with a 4.85 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Aramis Ramirez is 6-for-10 against Chen with three doubles.

The weather in Kansas City is expected to be partly cloudy, with a game time temperature in the low 80's. First pitch is at 7:10 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on WGN and FSKC.

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