Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/27/12

CHICAGO -- Neither Anthony Rizzo nor his manager could have asked for much more Tuesday night.

Making his Cubs debut, Rizzo went 2-for-4 and broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI double in the fourth inning as Chicago beat the New York Mets 5-3 at Wrigley Field.

The 22-year-old Rizzo, called up from the minor leagues earlier in the day, legged out a double to left-center field to send the Cubs to their second consecutive victory in the three-game series. The Mets have dropped four in a row.

The Cubs added an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth. Reliever Scott Maine earned his first major league victory, and Carlos Marmol notched the 100th save of his career and his fifth this season.

Rizzo, whom the Cubs obtained from San Diego in a January trade, had an infield single in the first inning. He grounded out in the third and flied out in the seventh.

The Cubs, who improved to 26-48, are looking for some added offense from Rizzo, who played in 49 games for the Padres last season, batting .141.

"It was awesome," Rizzo said. "Coming in here today, the guys welcomed me with open arms. Lot of fun today."

At Class AAA Iowa, Rizzo batted .342 with 23 home runs and 62 RBI. Manager Dale Sveum inserted Rizzo into the No. 3 spot in the batting order.

"There were all kinds of lineups we were trying to figure out," Sveum said. "We just decided that was the best one. He is what he is. He's a third or fourth hitter."

Afterward, Sveum sounded duly impressed.

"He didn't act like much of a kid tonight, that's for sure," Sveum said. "That was pretty impressive. You can't teach the way he is at first base, the mannerisms he has and all that. It was pretty impressive. You can't teach 'no panic.'"

The Mets broke out on top against Cubs starting pitcher Randy Wells with two runs in the top of the second inning.

With two outs and nobody on base, Scott Hairston singled to left field and went to second on Daniel Murphy's single to right. No. 8 hitter Josh Thole drove Hairston home with a single to right, and pitcher Dillon Gee's single to center scored Murphy.

The Cubs went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the third. David DeJesus led off with a walk, and Starlin Castro walked. Rizzo grounded out to first base, advancing the runners. A broken-bat groundout by Alfonso Soriano scored DeJesus and sent Castro to third.

After Bryan LaHair walked, Luis Valbuena doubled off the right field wall to score Castro. Darwin Barney ended the inning by singling up the middle to score LaHair, but Valbuena was caught rounding third base too far on the infield hit and was tagged out.

The Mets chased Wells with a run in the fourth before Rizzo put the Cubs ahead.

New York left 12 runners stranded. Gee (5-6) worked five innings, giving up nine hits and four runs.

"I haven't the faintest idea," Mets manager Terry Collins said when asked the root of his team's struggles. "I don't know if it's fatigue. I don't know what it is. We didn't run the bases, we didn't play good defense, we didn't drive in runs we need to drive in. It was a combination of a lot of things. We didn't pitch very good. It's the worst Dillon's pitched in a while. Nothing was working. He battled through it, got us five innings. I was happy with that.

"We've played two bad baseball games here, and we're a better team than what we've played."

Mets first baseman Ike Davis was ejected from the game in the bottom of the eighth for arguing with first base umpire Manny Gonzalez on a pickoff play.

"I think he said my glove touched him, that's probably why he (ejected) me," Davis said. "I didn't say anything too revolting. I obviously didn't mean to touch him, I was just using my hands as a gesture. I didn't say anything crazy."

NOTES: Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart said his sore left wrist isn't getting much better. Stewart has been bothered by the ailment since last season, when he was with Colorado. He received a cortisone injection last week, along with a second opinion in Cleveland. Stewart said he is hoping to avoid surgery, but an operation may be the only option left if the wrist does not improve. He has been on the disabled list since June 14. He hit off a tee Monday and took some soft-toss swings ... The Cubs optioned infielder Adrian Cardenas to Class AAA Iowa to make room for Rizzo ... Collins said there is no timetable for injured outfielder Jason Bay to return. Bay has been on the DL since June 16 because of a concussion. "It's too early," Collins said. "He just started riding a bike today." ... Marmol became the fourth Cubs reliever to reach at least 100 saves, joining Lee Smith, Bruce Sutter and Randy Myers. ... Mets third baseman David Wright went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and a walk, snapping his hitting streak at 15 games.


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