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Yu Darvish, Cubs bats spark 6-1 win over Royals

Starting pitcher Yu Darvish led the Chicago Cubs to their six consecutive win Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo. Photo by Kyle Rivas/UPI
Starting pitcher Yu Darvish led the Chicago Cubs to their six consecutive win Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo. Photo by Kyle Rivas/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Pitcher Yu Darvish allowed just five hits and one run in seven innings and the top of the Chicago Cubs batting order came alive to spark a lopsided win Wednesday night against the Kansas City Royals.

The Cubs (10-2) remain tied with the Minnesota Twins for the best record in Major League Baseball after the 6-1 triumph at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Chicago is on a six-game winning streak.

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Darvish kept the Royals at bay before the Cubs bullpen closed out the victory with two no-hit innings. The Cubs overcame an early 1-0 deficit with six unanswered runs to earn the win.

Whit Merrifield gave the Royals their initial edge with a ground out into a double play in the third inning. Maikel Franco came around to score on the play.

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The Cubs answered with a Javier Baez RBI single in the top of the fourth frame. Willson Contreras then gave Chicago a 2-1 lead when he plated Anthony Rizzo as he grounded into a double play in the same inning.

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Baez and Contreras each recorded RBI singles in the eighth frame to push the Cubs lead to 4-1. Victor Caratini then hit another RBI single in the ninth inning before the Cubs scored their final run on a Royals error during a Kris Bryant single.

Bryant, Rizzo, Baez and Caratini each had two hits in the win. Baez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Royals starter Kris Bubic allowed just four hits and two runs in six innings, but took his second loss of 2020.

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The Cubs next face the Royals (3-10) in the final game of the series at 7:07 p.m. EDT Thursday at Kauffman Stadium.

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