Recap: The Mets struggled to produce much offensively as they fell to the Cubs, 4-1, to split a four-game series at Citi Field on Monday afternoon.
Need to Know: Making a spot start for Bartolo Colon, who was scratched from Monday’s outing to visit his critically ill mother, Carlos Torres was stellar for the Mets, allowing only three hits and striking out six over five scoreless innings. Cubs rookie starter Kyle Hendricks matched Torres pitch-for-pitch, scattering only three hits over seven innings of one-run ball. Lucas Duda got the scoring started with his team-leading 22nd home run, a solo shot, to put the Mets in front. The Cubs responded with four unanswered runs, including a solo home run from Anthony Rizzo and a two-run blast from Javier Baez, which gave them the lead for good.
Game ball: Torres, who made his first start of the season one night after a relief outing for the Mets.
What’s next: The Mets will send Dillon Gee (4-5, 3.69) to the mound as they travel to Oakland to open up a two-game set with the A’s on Tuesday at 10:05 p.m. Scott Kazmir (13-5, 2.78 ERA) toes the rubber for Oakland.