Result: The Mets bullpen spoiled a strong outing by Zack Wheeler, as the Cubs scored two runs in the final two innings to win, 2-1.
Need to Know: Zack Wheeler built on his strong start last time out to hold the Cubs scoreless over 6 2/3 innings. He allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out seven. Josh Edgin came on in the seventh with a man on and two outs and retired Chicago’s Nate Schierholtz via strikeout, but the lefty surrendered the lead after allowing a solo homer to Chris Coghlan in the bottom of the eighth. Scott Rice earned the loss in the ninth when Nate Schierholtz lined a single to score Anthony Rizzo with the game’s winning run. Curtis Granderson gave the Mets a first-inning lead with a sacrifice fly, plating Matt den Dekker. Granderson had three hits for the Mets, and Lucas Duda also reached base twice with a single and a walk.
Game Ball: Wheeler, who has now allowed just one run in his last 13 innings. Over that time span, the 24-year-old has struck out 16 and walked only two.
What’s Next: The Mets take on the Cubs at Wrigley again Wednesday night, with Daisuke Matsuzaka set to start against Edwin Jackson. The game will begin at 8:05 p.m.