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July 1, 2013

Cubs hold off late Mariners' comeback for 7-6 win

SEATTLE (AP) — It didn't matter the Chicago Cubs nearly blew a six-run lead against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

As far as starting pitcher Edwin Jackson is concerned, the only important part was that the Cubs hung on for a 7-6 victory.

"An ugly win is better than a pretty loss any day," Jackson said. "We were fortunate enough that we had a lot of runs so when they did come back and score there we were still winning. That's the most important thing, when you come out of the inning that you're still winning, regardless of how they came back."

Chicago led 7-1 after four innings. The Mariners comeback started against Jackson (4-10), who pitched into the seventh inning, allowing three runs and seven hits and striking out six. But it really got going once the game was turned over to the Cubs' bullpen, which has blown 16 save chances this season and gave up three runs in the eighth against Seattle.

"It looked real easy for a while, but we all know that's why we play nine innings," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

It was jokingly suggested to Sveum the Cubs might prefer only playing seven innings to cut out the late-inning issues with the bullpen.

"No kidding," Sveum said, laughing. "If we go back to Little League days, we'd be OK."

The Cubs tied a season high by hitting six doubles, including two each by Alfonso Soriano and Darwin Barney. Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs for Chicago, which took two out of three in the series against Seattle.

Kevin Gregg pitched a hitless ninth for his 13th save, a day after blowing his first save chance of the season.

"I want to pitch every day," Gregg said. "Coming off a blown save yesterday, I want to get right back out there. I don't want to sit on it at all."

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