Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Olt's first career grand slam was one
of three home runs hit by the Chicago Cubs as they avoided getting swept in
the Windy City showdown with a 12-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox on
Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro each clubbed two-run homers for the Cubs, who
snapped a four-game losing streak with a 15-hit attack. They had been held to
four hits in each of the first three games of this four-game home-and-home
Rizzo finished 3-for-5 with a walk and scored three runs, while Olt, Ryan
Kalish, Nate Schierholtz and Junior Lake all had two hits.
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta labored in his second outing after beginning the
season on the disabled list, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on nine
hits in four innings.
"I'm still not happy with it and I won't be until I get out there the next go
round," Arrieta said. "Just need to make some adjustments. Be better
commanding the ball down in the zone."
Relievers Brian Schlitter (2-0), Zac Rosscup, Neil Ramirez, Justin Grimm
and Wesley Wright combined to limit the White Sox to a run and four hits in
the final five frames.
Alexei Ramirez collected four hits and Tyler Flowers knocked in two runs for
the White Sox, who had their season-high winning streak come to an end at four
Scott Carroll (1-2) struggled for the White Sox as he was tagged for six runs
and 11 hits in four-plus innings. He had allowed just one earned run in his
first two career starts.
The Cubs erased a 2-0 deficit with a four-run third. Kalish led off with a
triple and scored on Luis Valbuena's single up the middle. Rizzo followed with
a smash over the center-field wall, and Lake later forced in a run with a
Castro made it 6-2 with a drive to left-center field in the fourth, but the
White Sox trimmed their deficit in the bottom of the inning on RBI singles by
Flowers and Conor Gillaspie.
The Cubs pulled away later in the game as Olt's homer highlighted a five-run
"It just seemed like every inning they had a lot of guys on and they were
knocking them in. They were swinging the bats tonight," said White Sox manager
The Cubs' 12 runs were a season high, and they tied a season high for hits in
a game ... The Cubs have never gone winless in a season series against the
White Sox ... Castro has reached base safely in all 12 games played at U.S.
Cellular Field ... Every play in the Cubs lineup had at least one hit ... The
White Sox bullpen had its scoreless streak ended at 23 2/3 innings ... The
Cubs were 5-for-20 with runners in scoring position, while the White Sox
finished 5-for-12 ... The game lasted 4 hours and 7 minutes.