CHICAGO — Jake Fox hit his first career grand slam, Milton Bradley extended his hitting tear and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 11-4 on Saturday.
Fox finished with a career-high five RBIs. His bases-loaded homer finished Mets starter Bobby Parnell (3-7) during a six-run fifth inning, and he added an RBI double off Lance Broadway in the seventh.
Bradley, who was 3 for 3 on Friday, got hits in his first three at-bats Saturday and finished 3 for 4 with a walk. Booed earlier in the week, Bradley is now 11 for 20 with four walks during the first five games of the Cubs' homestand.
Ryan Dempster (8-7) allowed eight hits and four runs over six innings to get the victory.
Trailing 4-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Chicago tied it on Aramis Ramirez's RBI single. After Kosuke Fukudome walked to load the bases, Fox sent an 0-2 pitch into the left-field bleachers, his 10th homer of the season. Koyie Hill's RBI double capped the six-run inning.
Parnell (3-7) gave up nine hits and eight runs in 4 2-3 innings. The right-hander has yielded 22 hits and 22 earned runs over his last three starts, a span of 12 2-3 innings.
Dempster gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases in the fourth before Brian Schneider lined a two-run double into the right-field corner. Fernando Tatis stopped after rounding third, then took off for the plate and was tagged out by Hill after a relay from shortstop Ryan Theriot.
Chicago second baseman Mike Fontenot then made a nice diving stop on Anderson Hernandez's grounder and kept the single from getting through to the outfield, saving another run and holding New York's lead at 4-3.
Jeff Francoeur hit a two-run double in the first after Dempster walked Luis Castillo, and Daniel Murphy singled.
Chicago got one back in the second on Fukudome's single, an infield out and RBI grounder by Fontenot.
In the third, Bradley doubled home Dempster, who drew a leadoff walk. Ramirez, who was supposed to have the day off to rest, put the Cubs ahead with a two-out double over Francoeur's head in right field.
NOTES: Chicago's Jeff Baker was scratched from the starting lineup after hurting a finger while fielding a grounder during batting practice. That's why Ramirez was put in the lineup. X-rays revealed no fracture for Baker. ... Alfonso Soriano had an MRI on his sore left knee and did not play. ... Mets 3B David Wright, on the DL after being beaned Aug. 15, causing a concussion, worked out with the team before the game and hopes to activated Tuesday in Colorado.