Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - A four-run first inning was all the support
Ryan Dempster needed in his return from the disabled list, as the Cubs blanked
the Mets, 7-0, on Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Dempster (4-3), who landed on the DL June 18, gave up four hits and didn't
issue a walk over five frames, extending his scoreless inning streak to 27 in
the process. He has now won four straight games since snapping an 18-start
winless streak on June 5.
Geovany Soto singled home a pair during the first-inning burst and Starlin
Castro added a three-run homer in the seventh for the Cubs, who head into the
All-Star break having won nine of their last 13 games.
Jon Niese (7-4) took the loss, allowing all seven runs on nine hits over seven
Despite the setback, the Mets have still won seven of 11 heading into the
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