The New York Mets were defeated by the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. The game took place at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois and the final score was 5-1. Steven Matz started for the Mets and he pitched ok. Wilmer Flores led the offense with two hits.
Matz pitched five innings and he gave up four runs on eight hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Matz lost his sixth game of the season. Seth Lugo pitched two perfect innings with a strikeout and Erik Goeddel pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run with two strikeouts.
Jon Lester won his 10th game of the season pitching 7 2/3 innings giving up four hits and a run with three walks and three strikeouts. Pedro Strop pitched to one batter and struck him out, Carl Edwards Jr. pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up two hits and Hector Rondon pitched 2/3 of an inning and saved his 16th game of the season.
Jose Reyes had a hit, Curtis Granderson had a hit and Neil Walker drew a walk. Flores had two hits and an RBI, Asdrubal Cabrera had a hit and Michael Conforto had a hit. Travis d'Arnaud drew a walk, Matz drew a walk and Flores hit a homerun. The Mets were 0-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Cespedes committed an error and he had an outfield assist.
Javier Baez had two hits, Kris Bryant had a hit and Anthony Rizzo had a hit and three RBI. Willson Contreras had a hit, Addison Russell had a hit and Matt Szczur had three hits. Albert Almora Jr. had a hit and an RBI, David Ross had an RBI and drew a walk and Contreras hit a double. Szczur hit two doubles and Rizzo hit a homerun. The Cubs were 3-10 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Baez and Bryant each had a stolen base.
In the third Rizzo hit a three run homerun to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead. In the sixth Ross hit a sac fly to push the lead to 4-0. Flores hit a solo homerun in the seventh to cut the lead to 4-1 and in the eighth Almora hit an RBI single to make it 5-1 which would be the final score.
The two teams will play game two on Tuesday night and then finish the series on Wednesday afternoon.