After a crummy road trip, the Mets got to go home Thursday night, but they had to face the Cubs and their powerhouse lineup. It looked bad early, but in the end it was the Mets offense and bullpen that got the job done.
The game got off to a poor start for Steven Matz and his bone spurs — Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in the first to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead.
They made it 3-0 when Javier Baez led off the sixth with a home run.
Matz was lifted with one out in the sixth after throwing 104 pitches. He allowed three runs on seven hits, with six strikeouts and three walks.
Yoenis Cespedes got the Mets on the board in the bottom of the sixth in a huge way — a monster solo shot into the upper deck in left, the first player ever to hit a home run there.
The Mets finally busted out in the seventh. With one out, Travis d’Arnaud singled. Pinch hitter Alejandro De Aza walked. Brandon Nimmo came through with his first career RBI on a single that scored d’Arnaud and moved De Aza to third. Neil Walker then hit a grounder to second. De Aza scored to tie the game, but Baez decided to throw to third to get Nimmo, but the throw sailed wide and Nimmo scored to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.
But the Cubs would not go away quietly. They got runners to first and second with two outs in the eighth against Addison Reed. Jerry Blevins was called on to face pinch hitter Jason Heyward. He got him on a comebacker to end the inning.
Jeurys Familia came on for the ninth. He walked the leadoff batter. Ben Zobrist doubled over Nimmo’s head in right to put runners on second and third. Familia struck out Bryant for the first out. Anthony Rizzo was intentionally walked to load the bases and create a force at every base. Familia struck out an overmatched Wilson Contreras for the second out. Then it was Baez, who popped out to James Loney to end the game.
Mets win a big one, 4-3.