Brandon Nimmo provided the Mets with an early lead and Zack Wheeler allowed two runs in six-plus innings, but the Cubs scored five runs against New York's bullpen and went on to win, 7-4.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Brandon Nimmo gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a two-run homer, his seventh of the season. But Mets bats were otherwise quiet against Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood, who limited the rest of the Mets' lineup to three hits in 5.1 innings. The Mets started the game 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position until Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run single in the eighth to cut the Cubs' lead in half.
2) Zack Wheeler kept the Cubs off the board for the first six innings, but ran into trouble in the seventh when he allowed back-to-back base hits to lead off the inning. After Wheeler was replaced by Paul Sewald, both of those runs came across to score on a sacrifice fly and an RBI double. He finished the night with four strikeouts and two walks while throwing 103 pitches.
3) Kyle Schwarber hit a pinch-hit three-run homer off Sewald, who allowed four runs on five hits in 1.2 innings. Jeurys Familia allowed a run on four hits in the ninth inning. Familia allowed back-to-back hits before getting an out, then gave up an RBI single for the Cubs' seventh run. The Mets' bullpen was responsible for allowing five of the Cubs' seven runs, all of which came in the seventh inning or later.
News and Notes...
The Mets dipped below .500 for the first time in 2018 with Friday's loss. The Mets has lost seven of nine overall and four straight at Citi Field.
The Mets' bullpen has allowed 34 runs in 36.1 innings -- an 8.42 ERA -- in the last nine games.
Brandon Nimmo, who has three homers in five games, has gone deep in back-to-back games for the first time in his career... Nimmo is hitting .390 over the course of his last 11 games and has hit safely in five consecutive games.
Adrian Gonzalez is batting .333 with six RBI in his last five games... Gonzalez provided a two-run single in the eighth, which brings the team's eighth-inning run total to 40 this season -- the second-most in the majors.
The Mets (27-28) continue their four-game set with the Cubs (31-23) at Citi Field on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. on FOX.
RHP Jacob deGrom (1.52 ERA/2.13 FIP, 1.010 WHIP in 11 starts) will look to continue his successful 2018 campaign on Saturday night. In his last start, deGrom limited the Braves to just one run despite enduring a rain delay. He threw a season-high 115 pitches in seven innings. He has pitched seven innings and at least 100 pitches in three consecutive starts.
RHP Jon Lester (2.71 ERA/4.30, 1.206 WHIP in 11 starts) will pitch for Chicago. Lester allowed a season-high four runs on eight hits against the Pirates on May 29 after allowing two runs or fewer in five consecutive outings.