Dempster’s scoreless inning streak reaches 27

Chicago scores four runs before Dempster throws first pitch
Dempster’s scoreless inning streak reaches 27

Ryan Dempster extended his scoreless innings streak to 27 in his first start in three weeks, Starlin Castro hit a three-run homer, and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 7-0 Sunday.

Dempster (4-3) was activated from the disabled list then pitched five innings of four-hit ball in his first outing since June 15, when he experienced tightness in a back muscle. His lengthy string of zeros is the Cubs’ best for a starter since Ken Holtzman went 27 innings in 1971.

The Cubs made it as comfortable as possible for Dempster, scoring four runs before he even threw a pitch.

Alfonso Soriano had an RBI single, Jeff Baker a run-scoring double, and Geovany Soto drove in two runs with a single against Jonathon Niese (7-4).