Wrap up: #Cubs 6, White Sox 5
Chris Coghlan hit two home runs and Anthony Rizzo hit a tie-breaking solo shot to lift the Cubs to a 6-5 Interleague victory over their crosstown rivals, the White Sox. It was the Cubs’ 14th win in their last 15 games. Coghlan hit a three-run homer in the third and a solo shot with two outs in the fifth that tied the game. Rizzo followed Coghlan’s second shot with his 23rd home run.
Kyle Hendricks started and gave up five runs over 3 1/3 innings. After the game, the right-hander said the problem was 100 percent mechanics.
“Mechanically, right now I’m terrible,” Hendricks said. “It’s just not there. We have to find the answer. This is not fun — not fun for me. At least the hitters and the bullpen showed up. Me, personally, absolutely terrible. I just have to get better on my end.”
Clayton Richard was the hero. The lefty threw two scoreless innings and set up the rest of the bullpen. He was followed by Justin Grimm, a demonstrative Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon.
“Clayton was huge,” Joe Maddon said. “We hit the home runs, we had some good at-bats. What Clayton did coming in, he really defined the game at that point. He permitted Grimm to Strop to Rondon with the lead.”
In the White Sox eighth, Alexei Ramirez singled and one out later, Geovany Soto walked. Strop and Ramirez had a little exchange, with the shortstop wagging his finger at the Cubs pitcher. Strop then struck out the next two batters.
“He kind of stole my attention a little bit on that inside move, when he gave me that ‘no, no, no,'” Strop said. “I felt he was kind of showing me up. I put in my mind, ‘I don’t have to get you out, I can get the guy at the plate.’ That got me a little pumped up, but nothing personal.”
With the win, the Cubs have won a season high eight in a row. The two teams meet again Saturday at 6:10 p.m. CT at U.S. Cellular Field when Jake Arrieta will face lefty Jose Quintana.
— Carrie Muskat