Cubs manager Rick Renteria says he can’t explain it. But something seems to transform the Cubs between the road and home, something night and day – if not Jekyll and Hyde.
Their 7-4 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday night at Wrigley Field gave them a rare series sweep and evened their home record to 13-13 this season – in stark contrast to their 10-21 road record.
“I’m glad we’re improving at home,” Renteria said. “Hopefully, we can take it on the road.”
Until then, they’ll take a three-game sweep of the Mets before taking on the Miami Marlins in weekend home series starting Friday at 3.
It was the Cubs’ first sweep of a three-game series since last July in San Francisco – and their first at home in nearly two calendar years (July 13-15, 2012, against Arizona.
Starting pitcher Travis Wood didn’t get a decision after five decent innings. But he did drive in three runs, including two on a second-inning homer – the eighth of his career.
After the Mets tied the game on Andrew Brown’s two-run homer in the top of the seventh off Justin Grimm, Anthony Rizzo gave the Cubs the lead with a solo shot in the bottom of the inning.
The Cubs added two more in the eighth.