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Cubs explode for 12 runs to avoid sweep from White Sox

The Cubs had everything working on Thursday night, getting a 12-5 win over the White Sox and avoiding a season sweep from their cross-town rival.
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You would be hard-pressed to find a bad moment on Thursday night in the Cubs clubhouse. They got help from practically the entire lineup, as they hammered the White Sox 12-5 on the south side.

Moises Sierra started things off for the White Sox in the bottom of the second, with an RBI single to put his team on the board. Another run would cross moments later on a groundout from Tyler Flowers. But from there, it just went upside down as the Cubs took over.

An RBI single from Luis Valbuena would set the stage for Anthony Rizzo's seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot that would give the Cubs a 3-2 lead. Sox starter Scott Carroll would then find himself on the wrong end of a bases loaded jam, that ended with Nate Schierholtz scoring on a Junior Lake walk.

Carroll's night would give up another two-run homer, this time to Starlin Castro, to end his night. He would depart after being responsible for six runs on a total of 11 hits. He would be charged with the loss on what was a disastrous night on the mound.

The White Sox would put two more on the board in the bottom of the fourth, but the Cubs just continued to seal things down. With the bases loaded yet again in the eighth, Wellington Castillo was hit by a pitch that would send another run to the plate, giving them a 7-4 lead. But seconds later, Mike Olt would make his presence felt with a grand slam to left field. That cleared the bases and gave the Cubs an 11-4 lead.

They put one more on in the ninth, and then the Sox tried one last effort to get back into the game. With two quick outs, they managed four straight base hits that did bring a run across. Dayan Viciedo singled in their fifth run, but their rally would not come to pass. Wesley Wright was brought in to slam the door and pick up the final out.

Jake Arrieta started the game for the Cubs, but was chased out after four innings of work. He allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits in his start. Brian Schlitter would pick up his second win of the season, coming on for a couple of innings and keeping the Sox in check.

With the victory, the Cubs salvage the final game of the series and avoid the season sweep against their cross-town rival. It also snaps a four game skid, after having not won since Saturday against the Cardinals. It was only their fifth win in 15 games away from Wrigley Field this season. While getting swept in the season series last year, the White Sox still lead the Windy City Series 52-46 overall.

Both teams are back in action on Friday, as they begin separate weekend series. The Cubs will travel to Atlanta (7:35 P.M. start time), while the Sox will host the Arizona Diamondbacks for an 8:10 P.M. start.