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Morning Box Score: Miscues Cost Sox; Rizzo Returns Big For Cubs

By Chuck Sudo in News on Sep 16, 2014 2:30PM


Cubs 1, Cincinnati 0
Anthony Rizzo missed the Cubs' previous 18 games with tightness in his lower back but he returned to the lineup in dramatic fashion at Wrigley Field Monday night. Rizzo's ninth-inning home run was the game-winner and the only run in the game. It was Rizzo's 31st of the season, good for second in the National League behind Giancarlo Stanton's 37. Cubs starter Travis Wood pitched well. He allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three in six inning, but earned a no-decision.

Kansas City 4, White Sox 3
As a closer, let's call Jake Petricka a work in progress leaning toward failure at this stage of the season. Petricka threw a wild pitch and the Royals' speed did the rest. Jarrod Dyson, on second base and already committed to stealing third, scored the tying run. Then Nori Aoki and was lifted for pinch-runner Terrance Gore, who scored on Lorenzo Cain's infield single.

Before Petricka's blown save, the Sox were in control for much of the game. John Danks pitched six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out six in that span. Avisail Garcia and Conor Gillaspie drove in runs for the Sox, who stranded 16 runners on base.