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CHICAGO -- Joe Mather hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and the Chicago Cubs took advantage of three errors by the New York Mets in the seventh inning to come away with a 6-0 victory at Wrigley Field on Monday.

The victory snapped a four-game losing streak by the Cubs and sent the Mets to their third straight loss.

Cubs left-hander Travis Wood worked seven shutout innings, giving up five hits to earn his second straight victory. He outdueled Mets left-hander Johan Santana, who gave up five hits and two runs in six innings.

After Santana gave up Mather's homer, the Mets were victimized by sloppy play in the seventh, when the Cubs broke it open with four runs.

Pinch hitter Adrian Cardenas led off the inning by hitting a popup in front of the plate. Third baseman David Wright came down the line to make the catch, but the ball hit off his glove and rolled behind the plate, allowing Cardenas to go all the way to third base.

After Reed Johnson struck out, Darwin Barney hit a flyball to right. Lucas Duda tried to make a sliding catch, but the ball bounced off his body. Barney wound up at third base, and Cardenas scored. Starlin Castro then reached on second baseman Ronny Cedeno's fielding error to score Barney. After Alfonso Soriano walked, Jeff Baker hit an RBI single, and Geovany Soto followed with a run-scoring groundout.

On a cool, breezy night with the wind blowing in, neither side scored until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Mather connected for a two-run homer off Santana.

Soto walked with two outs, and Mather followed by lining a 1-1 pitch under the wind and into the bleachers in left-center field for his fourth homer of the season. Mather, a utility player, was in the lineup because Cubs manager Dale Sveum stacked his lineup with right-handed hitters against Santana.

Wood, who won his second straight start, was sharp early on. He struck out four over the first five innings and got help when right fielder Johnson made a nice sliding catch.

The Mets came to Chicago a tired bunch, having played the Yankees Sunday night and having their flight out of New York delayed. They didn't hit town until well after 4 a.m. Monday.

NOTES: The Cubs will call up highly touted first-base prospect Anthony Rizzo from their Class AAA Iowa club in time to start Tuesday night's game. Rizzo, 22, was batting .342 with 23 home runs and 62 RBI at Iowa. The Cubs obtained Rizzo on Jan. 6 in a trade with San Diego, sending reliever Andrew Cashner to the Padres in the deal. "It's obviously an exciting day for us as well the organization to get him in the lineup and see what happens," said Sveum, who said Rizzo would be the everyday first baseman, with current first baseman Bryan LaHair moving to right field ... The Mets designated outfielder Vinny Rottino for assignment and selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Justin Hampson from Class AAA Buffalo. The 32-year-old Hampson has not pitched in the big leagues since 2008. He gives the Mets a second lefty in the pen, along with Tim Byrdak. Right-hander Bobby Parnell will be the closer, with Frank Francisco having gone on the disabled list Saturday with a left-oblique strain ... Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster threw off flat ground Monday as he recovers from a right-lat strain that landed him on the DL June 18, retroactive to June 16. Dempster is likely to come back and start late next week.
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