CUBS HOLD OFF A’S

Javier Baez hit two homers and the bullpen survived a scare as the Chicago Cubs edged the Oakland A’s 6-5 in the first game of their interleague series Monday night at Wrigley Field. The win was the fourth in a row for the Cubs and ran their home record at the friendly confines to 40-18 on the season. Ian Happ and Nicholas Castellanos also connected in the win. It was Castellanos’ first home run since being acquired from Detroit last week. Oakland nearly stole the game in the top of the ninth when they put two on with two out but Marcus Semien just missed hitting his third homer of the game when he flied out to deep left center to end the game. The win increased the Cub lead in the NL Central to 2 game over the St Louis Cardinals. The Cubs did announced that they placed closer Craig Kimbrell on the 10 day IL with right knee inflammation and All-Star catcher Willson Contreras will be lost for four weeks with a Grade 2 right hamstring strain. Game two is Tuesday night with Blake Anderson (9-7) pitching for the A’s and Jon Lester (9-7) for the Cubs. hear all the action on Lite 103 WAKO beginning with the pregame at 6:30 p.m. Central Time 7:30 Eastern.