Result: The Mets fell to the Cubs, 5-4, on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field
Need to Know: After suffering a heartbreaking defeat on Tuesday, Wednesday’s loss via a wild pitch wasn’t much better. The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Daniel Murphy scored on an error, while Lucas Duda drove in two runs with a double. The Cubs responded with two runs in the bottom of the first off of starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. Ruben Tejada added a solo home run in the fourth, pushing the Mets’ lead to 4-2. It was Tejada’s second home run in a week, and marked the first time in his career that Tejada hit more than one home run in a season. The Cubs knocked Matsuzaka out of the game after 4 2/3 innings, turning the ball over to reliever Dana Eveland. The lefty would allow the tying runs to score, though they were charged to Matsuzaka. Later in the inning, after coming into the game to replace Eveland with the bases loaded, Jeurys Familia uncorked a wild pitch that rolled the backstop and allowed the go-ahead run to score. The Mets loaded the bases in the fifth and sixth innings but failed to produce a run.
Game Ball: Murphy led the Mets on Wednesday with three hits and scored the game’s first run.
What’s Next: The Mets will try to avoid being swept by the Cubs on Thursday night in the series finale. Rookie Jacob deGrom looks to pick up his first win, while lefty Travis Wood gets the start for the Cubs.