Navarro hits three home runs as Cubs hammer Sox 9-3
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 29, 2013 4:40PM
Updated: May 29, 2013 5:53PM
Dioner Navarro homered three times -- twice from the right side of the plate and once from the left onto Sheffield Avenue -- and Scott Feldman pitched six strong innings to lead the Cubs to a 9-3 victory against the White Sox before 31,279 fans at Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon.
It was the Cubs’ second win in as many games against the Sox this week. The Cubs led Sox ace Chris Sale 2-0 on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field before that game was postponed by rain.
Feldman allowed two runs over six innings to improve to 5-4.
John Danks (0-1) lasted four innings in his second start since coming off the disabled list. The Sox lefty allowed Navarro’s first two homers, a poke into the first row of seats in left-center field and one that landed inside the left-field foul pole. Danks gave up four runs on five hits.
Alejandro De Aza and Adam Dunn drove in the Sox runs, each with a sacrifice fly.
Navarro’s feat was the first three-homer game by a Cubs catcher since George Mitterwald in 1974, and the first by a Cub since Aramis Ramirez against the Astros on July 20, 2010. The last Cub to homer from both sides of the plate was Mark Bellhorn on Aug. 29, 2002 against Milwaukee.
Navarro recorded single-game career highs for homers, runs (four, he also walked and scored) and RBI (six).
Feldman (2.82) is 5-1 with a 2.31 ERA in his last seven starts after starting the season 0-3.
Jeff Keppinger was 3-for-4 for the White Sox, his first three-hit game of the season.