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Cubs have scored one run in five straight games

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The Cubs have lost three games in a row, and some ground to the Cardinals in the standings in the process, but what they’ve done over the past five games is a heck of a thing: they’ve scored exactly one run in each game.

What’s more, they’ve scored one run in the exact same way in each game: via a solo homer. The rundown:

Thursday: Cubs 1, Pirates 0 — Ian Happ solo shot
Friday: Cubs 1, Pirates 0 — Kyle Schwarber solo shot
Saturday: Pirates 3, Cubs 1 — Ben Zobrist solo shot
Sunday: Pirates 2-, Cubs 1 — Kyle Schwarber solo shot
Tuesday: Tigers 2, Cubs 1 — Anthony Rizzo solo shot

It’s a tribute to Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and the Cubs’ pen that they won two of those contests, but boy howdy, is scoring one run a game not a great way to go through life, son. Nor is going 0-for-22 with runners in scoring position, which is what Chicago has done over its last five games.

Daniel Murphy will join the club today. He’s been hot lately. They could use him.

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.