Cedeno's Slam, 5 RBIs Lead Cubs Past Mets

Lilly gets first win of the year in five starts
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 7:29 PM CDT
New York Mets starting pitcher Nelson Figueroa, right, looks down as he listens to catcher Raul Casanova during the fourth inning of a baseball game against Chicago Cubs, on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 ...   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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(Newser) – Ronny Cedeno hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, Ted Lilly won for the first time in five starts, and the surging Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 8-1 Tuesday for their 13th win in 16 games. The Cubs, who were 7-13 at this point a season ago, had 14 hits and improved to 14-6, their best record after 20 games since 1975.

New York was outscored 15-2 in the two-game series and has lost three in a row following a five-game winning streak. Cedeno, starting his second straight game because Ryan Theriot has a bad back, drove in Chicago's first run in a three-run fourth, then hit his first career grand slam in the eighth against Jorge Sosa for a 7-1 lead.