Báez hits 2 HRs, Cubs beat Tigers for 11,000th franchise win

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez celebrates after the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. The Cubs won 9-3. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT – Javier Báez hit two home runs and the Chicago Cubs became the second franchise in major league history to post 11,000 wins, beating the Detroit Tigers 9-3 on Monday night.

Only the Giants have won more, with 11,179 victories after starting in New York in 1883 and later moving to San Francisco.

The Cubs, who earned their first victory in 1876, improved to 11,000-10,414. The Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers are close behind with 10,996 wins.

David Bote homered and drove in four runs for the NL Central-leading Cubs.

“We hit a lot of balls the other way tonight and you love to see that,” Bote said. “That means you are on it longer and you are seeing it a little deeper. That's what lets you drive it.”

Báez had three RBIs.

“This felt really, really good,” said Báez, who came into the game hitting .122 in his past 12 games. “I've been struggling, but I never stopped working. Today, I finally got the results and so did the team."

Cubs starter Alec Mills (3-2) got the win, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out seven.