- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Starlin Castro is working hard to overcome the perception that he doesn’t care.

After making an error that led to three unearned runs in the first inning, the Chicago Cubs shortstop was determined to atone for the mistake.

“I just wanted to try and pick up my teammates,” Castro said. “It’s my fault that I made an error.”

Castro went 3 for 4 with three RBIs to offset his miscue and help the Cubs outlast the New York Mets for a 5-4 win in a mistake-filled game that featured a combined 13 pitchers and 15 walks.

“Starlin had a couple of nice at-bats making up,” Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. “He was really upset that he wasn’t able to make the play. He thought he should have made the play.”

Anthony Rizzo went 1 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored for the Cubs.

Lucas Duda had a two-run double to lead a Mets offense that again failed to get the clutch hit. New York loaded the bases in the fifth and sixth innings without scoring.

The Mets have dropped two straight after winning three in a row and are 8-18 in one-run games.

Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (4-5) was victimized by his defense and his own lack of command, but managed to get through five innings, giving up five hits and five walks. Just one of the four runs he surrendered was earned.

Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.

Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka didn’t make it through the fifth, allowing four runs on four hits and five walks in 4 1-3 innings. Reliever Dana Eveland (0-1) gave up a run in 2-3 of an inning to take the loss.

“We got off to a good start,” New York manager Terry Collins said. “We just haven’t been able to add on. We’ve had opportunities to put games away. We had the bases loaded several times and we’re getting guys on so it’s not like we’re not getting on base. We’re just not hitting with guys on base, which has been the tune thus far the way we started the season.”

The Mets scored three unearned runs in the first inning thanks to Castro’s error. With two on and two out, Bobby Abreu hit a sharp grounder up the middle. Castro was playing behind second base in the shift, but booted the ball to allow a run to score.

Duda then compounded the Cubs’ woes by doubling to left field to drive in two runs for a 3-0 lead.

The Cubs answered in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs. Castro plated the first with a run-scoring single and the next batter, Nate Schierholtz, drove in the other with a groundout to first.

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