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    CHICAGO -- Ryan Sweeney credited his teammates with helping him have one of his best days at the ballpark. Ricky Jean-Francois Jersey . Sweeney had a career-high six RBIs, including a three-run homer, and the Chicago Cubs routed the Houston Astros 14-6 on Sunday. The centre fielder drove in runs in each of his first four at-bats, capping the stretch with his longball to right-centre. He also had two doubles and a run-scoring grounder in the second inning. "Anytime youre scoring 14 runs with 16 hits, its contagious," said Sweeney, who started in place of the injured David DeJesus. "Everybody hit the ball great today and it was fun to watch." Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo added a two-run home run and finished 3 for 3 with four runs scored and four RBIs. Chicago scored its most runs and had its most hits (16) this season. All nine starters reached base for the Cubs. "We have to give ourselves opportunities and eventually, somebody is going to come through," Rizzo said. "So we just have to keep giving ourselves opportunities." The Cubs outburst helped erase a pair of errors from shortstop Starlin Castro, who now leads the majors with 14 errors this season. Castro has also struggled at the plate, with just 13 hits in his last 98 at-bats. "The whole thing is not going real well right now so hopefully this day off can recharge him and get things going in Milwaukee," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said about Castro. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (5-7) won his second straight, with five strikeouts and no walks. It was his first start without yielding a walk this season. "Anytime I dont walk somebody, usually the outcome is in the positive side of things," Samardzija said. "I attacked the zone, had a couple of three-ball counts, just wanted to stay there and not give any freebies up and just let our defence work." Houston pitcher Jordan Lyles (4-2) lost for the first time since May 12. "We got him to throw a lot of pitches and his velocity started going down," Sweeney said. "We made him throw more and get away from his strength (the fastball) and make him throw more off-speed pitches and we hit him." Houston first baseman Chris Carter finished with a career-high three doubles among his four hits. He drove in two runs and scored twice. "It was good to see him drive the ball the other way," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "Hes been doing that this last week or so and its coming together." Chicago pulled away in the fifth inning with consecutive hits by Alfonso Soriano, Rizzo and Sweeney. Each scored to give Chicago an 8-3 lead. Soriano hit his first triple of the season and Rizzo then hit a looping single to shallow centre field. Sweeneys double sent Houston centre fielder Justin Maxwell sprinting toward the warning track and the ball bounced off his glove. Rizzo beat the relay throw to home plate. Second baseman Darwin Barney added a two-out RBI single to score Sweeney. Jose Altuve tried sparking an Astros rally for the second straight day, this time leading off the fourth with a single. Jason Castro followed with a double and Altuve scored on J.D. Martinezs groundout. Carter had a run-scoring double to centre field and Castro scored on Starlin Castros first error, a wild throw on a routine grounder by Matt Dominguez. Chicago jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Samardzija started the inning with a single and the Cubs loaded the bases on an error by shortstop Marwin Gonzalez and a walk. Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run single to get the scoring started. Rizzo followed with a sacrifice fly to right field and Sweeney doubled in two more runs. NOTES: The Cubs are expected to make a roster move, possibly adding a position player, before Tuesdays game against the Brewers. The Cubs currently have 13 pitchers in the majors. . Sveum watched the Chicago Blackhawks victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday night. He said if he could live another life he would be a hockey player. "Its such a true sport," Sveum said. "You cant do anything but play hard the whole game. Its OK to be physical. Its OK to fight." . Houston centre fielder Maxwell hit in the leadoff position for the first time this season. Geronimo Allison Jersey ., and Rudi Swiegers of Kipling, Sask., took sixth spot on Saturday in pairs at the NHK Trophy ISU Grand Prix figure skating competition. Ty Montgomery Jersey . A statement from the worlds top-ranked player says all checks "were satisfactory and showed positive evolution" regarding the injury, which contributed to his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the final in Melbourne. ;. The mixed zone is not a place to make friends. FORT WORTH, Texas -- When Gary Patterson coaches his school-record 202nd game for TCU, he can easily put in perspective what that means by looking at Bill Snyder on the other side of the field.Snyder will be going for his 201st win with Kansas State when the two bowl-bound teams play Saturday.I saw what Coach Snyder said on his 200th win, not his 200th game, just a lot of people that have made a lot of sacrifices, Patterson said. The guy sitting in my chair takes a lot of grief but also gets probably too much credit some time for what they did and how they do it.Patterson is already TCUs winningest coach with 149 wins in his 16 seasons, and will break a tie with Dutch Meyer for the most games as head coach when the Horned Frogs (6-5, 4-4 Big 12) face his alma mater. A Kansas native, Patterson played at K-State and was a graduate assistant for the Wildcats before Snyder got there.Kansas State (7-4, 5-3), which plays its 307th game in 25 seasons under Snyder, will finish no worse than a tie for fourth in the Big 12 after being picked eighth in the preseason poll. Snyders 200th victory came last week in a win over instate rival Kansas.It is about possessing the commitment to reach the highest capabilities that you have and improve toward that end as an individual, day in and day out, Snyder said about his team, which has won four of its last five games. When you do that, then collectively you are going to make some progress.Some things to know when Kansas State and TCU play:BOWL DESTINATIONSA trip to the Texas Bowl in Houston to face an SEC team could be next for the winner of Saturdays game. The Texas Bowl gets the fourth pick from available Big 12 teams. The loser is likely headed to the Liberty Bowl to play an SEC team in Memphis or the Cactus Bowl against a Pac-12 team in Phoenix. The Wildcats will be going to a bowl for the seventh season in a row and 19th timee under Snyder. Clay Matthews Jersey. TCU will be in a bowl for the 14th time in Pattersons 16 full seasons.RUNNING CATSKansas State has rushed for 924 yards and 14 touchdowns in its last three games, and the Wildcats have five consecutive 200-yard games -- their longest Big 12 streak since 2003. Banged-up quarterback Jesse Ertz is their leading rusher (71 yards per game) and redshirt freshman running back Alex Barnes has back-to-back 100-yard games. If we have the capacity to run the football, then we will do that, Snyder said.RECEIVING RUNNERKyle Hicks can run and catch for TCU. He leads the team with 894 yards rushing and 40 receptions, putting him on pace to be the first TCU player to lead the team in both categories since Basil Mitchell in 1996.SO SIMILARIn Big 12 games this season, Kansas State is averaging 30.6 points a game, and TCU 30.5. On defense, the Wildcats are giving up 27.2 points per game, just less than Pattersons defense allowing 27.9 points per game.UNEXPECTED FINISHWe were picked eighth in the conference and everything that we have accomplished so far was not expected from us, Kansas State junior linebacker Trent Tanking said. We could go from the team that was considered young and inexperienced to the team that can finish strong with eight wins in the regular season. I think having a 6-3 record in a conference would be a great accomplishment.ANOTHER COOL, WET FINALE?TCUs regular-season finale at home last season, a double-overtime win over Baylor, was played in a steady rain with temperatures in the 30s. I was cold, but ... It was awesome, Patterson said. The forecast this week calls for rain, heavy at times, with temperatures in the 40s.---More AP college football: and href="">Cheap Jerseys 2018 Wholesale NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
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