The Mets somehow beat the Cubs by a final score of 2-1.
YANKEES 2, ORIOLES 1: Alex Rodriguez hit his 696th career homer, Ivan Nova persevered through six innings and the Yankees' bullpen trio closed up shop for the second straight game in the Yankees' victory over Baltimore at NY. Rene Rivera gave the Mets the lead in the top of the inning, but the Cubs loaded the bases against Jeurys Familia with no one out. Matt Szczur hit a grounder to first baseman James Loney, and Loney threw out Russell at the plate.
"I noticed the ratio of strikes to balls was pretty good", said Arrieta, who threw 63 of his 85 pitches for strikes across seven innings. "That's why I think he's as good as there is in baseball".
"He told me yesterday that he wanted to give me two in a row", Zobrist said. Like the Cy Young moment in the offseason, it feels like I finally got to where I knew I was going.
Rivera collected his third hit of the night when he lined an opposite field single off Cubs' closer Hector Rondon (L, 1-2) to give the Mets their first lead of the night.
Hansel Robles (4-3) pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the win.
Tuesday's game was originally touted as a showdown between two aces - Mets starter Noah Syndergaard and Cubs counterpart Jake Arrieta.
In the third, the Mets had runners on first and third with two outs, but Yoenis Cespedes lined to short as Lester escaped unscathed. He allowed one run and struck out eight in seven innings.
"That was a little more like it", Arrieta said.
NY put runners on first and second with none out in the second, but Asdrubal Cabrera grounded to third to start a double play and Juan Laggers bounced out to shortstop Addison Russell to end the inning. He struck out eight before being replaced by Jerry Blevins after throwing 105 pitches.
Pirates rookie Jameson Taillon pitched six innings in his return from the disabled list, narrowly avoiding serious injury after taking a line drive off his head in the second (see full recap).
Noah Syndergaard may be the modern-day equivalent of Jenkins-Gibson, a recurring duel of aces that began May 12, 2015, continued in Game 2 of last year's National League Championship Series and reignited Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
"It was great to come in here and squeeze out a win against their ace", Syndergaard said.
"Even though I thought he threw the ball fine, he didn't have his real Grade-A stuff", Collins said.
New York's Michael Conforto made his first start, in right field, since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday and went 0 for 3. Arrieta's baserunning would play a role when he would get thrown out at the plate in the fourth to keep it a one run game. Down 6-0 at the start of the inning, Detroit scored twice and loaded the bases with one out. "He gets his swing back and comes up and the first thing that hits him in the face is to play center field". "I understand we needed to talk about it. But I'm not sure exactly where I'm at in the league, but I'm sure it's in the top 10".
Maddon called out the split against Syndergaard as "enormously different". Rivera entered the day with a. 190 batting average, but tied a career-high with three hits. Against Arrieta, righties were hitting.182, lefties were at.215.
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The Mets closer extended his stretch of consecutive saves converted to 49, tied with John Axford for the fourth-longest streak since the save rule was enacted in 1969.
The Cubs' starting rotation, which produced a 6.04 ERA during a 6-15 slide into the break, is 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA, averaging seven innings a start through one turn since the break.