Pitching
Ryan Dempster
ERA4.33

RyanDempster

SEASON CAREER
W3 115
L3 119
G12 531
IP81.0 2123.0
BB22 962
SO66 1831
Sunday, July 8th 1:10 PM ET
Citi Field, Flushing, New York
 

JonathonNiese

SEASON CAREER
W7 29
L3 26
G16 81
IP96.2 467.0
BB32 155
SO88 403
Pitching
Jonathon Niese
ERA4.18
Chicago Cubs VS. 

Jonathon Niese

Career vs. Chicago
7-3
3.35 ERA
HITTERS AB AVG H HR RBI BB SO OBP OPS SLG
Jeff Baker 6 .667 4 0 0 0 0 .667 1.334 .667
Darwin Barney 3 .667 2 0 2 0 0 .667 1.334 .667
Starlin Castro 6 .333 2 0 2 0 1 .333 1.000 .667
Ryan Dempster 3 .000 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Reed Johnson 4 .500 2 0 2 1 0 .600 1.100 .500
Joe Mather 4 .500 2 0 2 1 0 .600 1.100 .500
Alfonso Soriano 10 .300 3 0 0 1 3 .364 .764 .400
Geovany Soto 5 .400 2 1 2 2 1 .500 1.700 1.200
Ian Stewart 2 .500 1 0 0 0 0 .667 1.167 .500
Randy Wells 3 .667 2 0 0 0 0 .667 1.334 .667
New York Mets VS. 

Ryan Dempster

Career vs. New York
3-3
2.11 ERA
HITTERS AB AVG H HR RBI BB SO OBP OPS SLG
Jason Bay 16 .125 2 0 0 4 4 .300 .425 .125
Ronny Cedeno 17 .353 6 0 2 1 3 .389 .801 .412
Ike Davis 3 .667 2 0 1 0 1 .667 1.334 .667
Lucas Duda 2 .000 0 0 0 1 1 .333 .333 .000
Scott Hairston 5 .200 1 0 0 0 2 .200 .400 .200
Daniel Murphy 5 .400 2 0 0 1 0 .500 1.100 .600
Jonathon Niese 4 .500 2 0 2 0 2 .500 1.000 .500
Bobby Parnell 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ruben Tejada 5 .600 3 0 3 0 0 .500 1.300 .800
Josh Thole 3 .333 1 0 0 0 1 .333 1.000 .667
Andres Torres 13 .154 2 0 0 0 5 .154 .308 .154
Justin Turner 3 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
David Wright 3 .667 2 0 0 3 0 .833 1.500 .667

Dempster runs scoreless streak to 27 in Cubs' win

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ryan Dempster is too busy watching "Swamp People" to see the stories about him being possible trade bait. He's pitching too well, though, to know that he might be in another uniform by the end of the month.

Dempster extended his scoreless innings streak to 27 in his first start in three weeks, Starlin Castro hit a three-run homer and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 7-0 Sunday.

"I don't really notice a lot of the rumors," Dempster said. "I just handle what I can handle and that's going out there and pitching and doing my job. Wherever the cards fall they fall."

Dempster (4-3) was activated from the disabled list then pitched five innings of four-hit ball in his first outing since June 15, when he experienced tightness in a back muscle. His lengthy string of zeros is the Cubs' best for a starter since Ken Holtzman went 27 innings in 1971.

The Cubs made it as comfortable as possible for Dempster, scoring four runs before he even threw a pitch.

Alfonso Soriano had an RBI single, Jeff Baker a run-scoring double with a jam shot to the opposite field and Geovany Soto drove in two runs with a single against Jonathon Niese .

Niese (7-4) had only given up four or more runs in a game five times - 16 starts - this season entering Sunday.

"They came out swinging," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He was trying to get ahead (and) they were hammering the first pitch."

The Cubs finished the first half in the midst of a modest surge, winning nine of 13 to improve to a disappointing 33-52 in Theo Epstein's first year in charge. It's their worst record before the break since 2006 when they were 34-54.

The team has been a little up and down but everybody hustles right now," Castro said. "Let's see in the second half everybody pull a little bit together and win more games."

The Mets had a chance to move a season high-tying eight games above .500 but continued a recent trend of trading wins and losses. They go into the All-Star break 46-40, their best first half since 2010 when they were 48-40. New York finished a homestand against last place teams, Philadelphia and Chicago, 3-3.

Not that the Mets didn't have had their chances Sunday. They put runners in scoring position in each of first three innings and also in the sixth but came up empty.

Dempster put his streak in jeopardy by allowing a one-out triple to Scott Hairston in the second but he got Jordany Valdespin to line out to second and Josh Thole to groundout to shortstop. Niese and Ruben Tejada opened the third with singles but the Nos. 2-3-4 hitters couldn't capitalize.

After Tejada's hit, Dempster retired nine in a row before being lifted.

"He was way more efficient than we thought," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. " Everything went well. He feels great."

The right-hander was scheduled to start the Cubs' first game after the All-Star break on Friday but Sveum said Dempster will start Saturday instead to better fit his throwing program. Paul Maholm will move up from Saturday.

Dempster has won four in a row after an 18-start winless streak dating back to Aug. 11. He struck out four and walked none.

Maholm came on in relief for the first time. He made 201 consecutive starts until he entered in the sixth and gave up two hits. But the Mets failed again with runners on. Ike Davis popped to shortstop and Lucas Duda grounded into a double play.

Manuel Corpas , James Russell and Shawn Camp finished the eight-hitter.

Niese had settled in after the first, allowing only one hit until Luis Valbuena singled with one out in the seventh. Reed Johnson singled with two outs and Castro hit the first pitch for a three-run homer, his seventh long ball this year.

"A little tough the last couple of weeks, but today something good happened," Castro said.

Niese allowed seven runs and nine hits in seven innings.

NOTES: To make room for Dempster on the Cubs roster, Chris Volstad was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Volstad is 0-7 this season. ... Mets prospects RHP Zach Wheeler and 3B Wilmer Flores were scheduled to play in the MLB Futures Game in Kansas City Sunday. ... Valdespin started in center field for first time in his career. ... Game took a crisp 2 hours, 8 minutes. ... Collins said Johan Santana will not start Friday. He'll go Sunday or Monday instead. "We're going to let Johan's ankle have an extra day or so," Collins said. "He's fine. Don't misread anything." Santana twisted his ankle in Friday's start, when he gave up a career high-tying 13 hits.

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