Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Seth Lugo was unable to hold leads of 3-0 and 5-3, and ultimately allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts in three-plus innings.
2) Dominic Smith (2-for-3) homered for the second straight game, going back-to-back with Travis d'Arnaud in the third inning. Brandon Nimmo (2-for-5) hit an RBI double and Jose Reyes had a run-scoring single to give the Mets a 3-0 lead in the second. Asdrubal Cabrera opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first. Tomas Nido collected his first big league hit and RBI with a single in the ninth.
3) Amed Rosario left the game after grounding out to end the top of the fifth with a right hip flexor strain. Travis d'Arnaud also left the game with after twisting his right knee in the same inning.
News and notes...
The Mets lost their fourth consecutive game overall and seventh straight on the road. New York has dropped 13 of its last 17 games away from Citi Field. The Cubs outscored the Mets 39-14 in the three-game sweep.
The Mets' starters have a 5.20 ERA this season, which would be the worst mark by the rotation in club history. New York has surrendered 10 or more runs 17 times in 2017 after doing so 14 times from 2014-2016. Since taking a 5-2 lead into the seventh inning during last Sunday's game against the Reds, the Mets have allowed 49 runs in 27 innings.
Rosario and Reyes each stole a base, giving the Mets 16 steals in their last 20 games. They swiped 32 bags in their first 126 games this season.
Smith has hit four of his seven home runs this month and three in his last four games. He has recorded multi-hit efforts four times in 13 September games after doing so once in his first 20 contests.
The three-inning start was the shortest for Lugo (6-5) while the eight runs allowed were a career high. The 27-year-old has one win and a 6.95 ERA in his last seven starts dating to July 25. He's surrendered 45 hits, 10 walks and five home runs in 33 2/3 innings in that span.
Highlights from the game...
The Mets (63-83) continue their road trip against the Braves (66-79) at SunTrust Park on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. on SNY.
Rafael Montero (5-9, 5.05 ERA, 1.69 WHIP) opens the series looking for a fourth consecutive win and a sixth in seven decisions. The right-hander allowed one run in five innings to defeat the Reds despite walking five batters for a second straight start. Montero surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief in a loss to the Braves on April 5.
Sean Newcomb (2-8, 4.38 ERA 1.61 WHIP) takes the mound looking for his second win in 13 starts. The rookie left-hander allowed three runs in five innings of a no-decision against the Marlins last Thursday. Newcomb suffered a loss to the Mets in his Major League debut on June 7 despite surrendering an unearned run in six innings.