8/31 Look out, September

The Cubs have a goal for the final month of the season: not to lose 100 games. Chicago wrapped up a tough August with a 6-4 victory Friday over the Giants as Alfonso Soriano drove in three runs, including two on his 24th home run, and Anthony Rizzo added a solo home run, his 10th. With the win, the Cubs finished August at 8-21.

“The last month, we want to win,” Rizzo said. “We want to play .500 baseball in September, and everyone in here wants to finish strong. It’s a cliche but we want to build as much momentum in September going into Spring Training and move forward.”

The last Cubs are 51-80, and hoping to avoid being the first team to lose 100 since the 1966 club was 59-103.

“I know [losing 100 games] is something I don’t want to be a part of,” Rizzo said. “I think our magic number is down to 12 wins now. We’re not going to lose 100 games. It’s something we’re all motivated enough to do.”

— Carrie Muskat

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