Cubs beat Rays 3-2 in 12 innings to avoid sweep

Written By ASSOCIATED PRESS Posted: 08/10/2014, 05:54pm
Array Tampa Bay Rays' Curt Casali, right, celebrates with teammates after scored scores on a single hit by Desmond Jennings during the fifth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Anthony Rizzo hit a game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday at Wrigley Field to avoid a three-game sweep.

The last-place Cubs struck out 17 times, running their total to 44 for the weekend series, but Rizzo and touted rookie Javier Baez had two hits apiece to key a 13-hit attack. Carlos Villanueva (5-6) pitched a scoreless inning to earn the victory.

Baez struck out in the 12th, but reached on a wild pitch that moved Ryan Sweeney to third. Baez moved to second on another wild pitch by Cesar Ramos (2-4) before Rizzo lined a single to right-center field.

The Rays lost for only the fifth time in their last 23 road games.

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