Seiya Suzuki's strength on base helps the Cubs win

Seiya Suzuki reached base four times and scored three runs, laying the foundation for the Chicago Cubs in a 10-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday that ended a three-game losing streak.

With the Cubs trailing 2-0 in the fourth at Chicago's Wrigley Field, Suzuki's no-out single put two men on base before Ian Happ hit the first of two three-run home runs. Happ repeated the trick when Suzuki got back on base in the fifth, putting the Cubs up 8-2.

Seiya Suzuki of the Chicago Cubs reaches first base after hitting an infield single in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 4, 2024. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Suzuki walked and stole his eighth base in the second inning. He also walked and scored another run in the seventh inning.

“I'm glad I contributed to the win,” said Suzuki. “We're stuck in a losing streak now and I suppose even our fans want to boo us. But if they do, it will be drowned out by the cheers.”

In Minneapolis, Kenta Maeda (2-5) lost to his former team in his old home stadium, allowing nine runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Minnesota Twins crushed the Detroit Tigers 12-3.

Shohei Ohtani went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 9-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ohtani's 103rd stolen base in Major League Baseball moved him ahead of Kazuo Matsui for the second-most stolen bases among Japanese players.

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