Dillon Gee has been the only Mets starter who has not been pitching particularly well lately. Well, Gee ended his first half on a positive note, going solid eight innings in a win over the Cubs.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second when Jordany Valdespin homered. It was his second homer in the past two games.
In the third Ruben Tejada singled and with two outs Ike Davis slammed a two-run home run off the facade in right to make it 3-0. Davis now joins Scott Hairston and Lucas Duda with 12 homers, tied for the team lead.
The Cubs got on the board in the sixth when a David DeJesus RBI single cut the lead to 3-1.
Gee, who had lost four of his past five starts going into the game, matched the longest outing of his career. He struck out four and did not walk a batter in his eighth innings.
Bobby Parnell came on to pitch the ninth and protect the lead. He allowed a leadoff double to red-hot rookie Anthony Rizzo, but he was then able to nail down the final three outs. Tejada made a sensational over the shoulder catch for the second out that helped save the game.
Mets win 3-1.