National League Game Summary - Chicago at New York|
(Sunday, August 17)
Final Score: Chicago 2, New York 1
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Starlin Castro's leadoff home run in the
top of the ninth gave the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets on
Luis Valbuena singled in the Cubs' first run in the fourth, but the Mets tied
it up in the bottom of the eighth on Curtis Granderson's single. Castro sent
the first pitch of the ninth inning into the seats in right field for the go-
Hector Rondon struck out a batter during a perfect ninth inning for Chicago en
route to his 17th save of the season.
Pedro Strop (2-4) gave up one unearned run on two hits in the eighth for the
Cubs, but received the win.
Jenrry Mejia (5-6) took the loss for giving up the homer to Castro in the
ninth. The Mets had won the first two games of the four-game series.
"I tried to throw outside, a two-seam (fastball), but he got it," Mejia said
of Castro's homer. "He made a swing and he got me."
Jake Arrieta struck out nine and allowed only two hits over seven scoreless
innings for Chicago, but received a no-decision for his efforts as the Cubs
ended a three-game skid.
"I just had a good feel for it," Arrieta said of his curveball. "I was able to
throw it in multiple counts for strikes below the zone. It was there for me
when I needed it."
Rafael Montero was in search of his first major-league win, but also did not
factor in the decision, conceding just one run in 7 1/3 innings for the Mets.
The Mets threatened in the third, but couldn't get anyone across. Ruben Tejada
singled and moved to second on a wild pitch, then Granderson reached on a
throwing error by first baseman Anthony Rizzo, but Juan Lagares grounded into
an inning-ending double play.
Javier Baez picked up his first major-league walk to open the away fourth.
After Rizzo flied out, Castro moved Baez to second with a ground out and
Valbuena hit a line drive into right field to score Baez.
The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the eighth, but Mets
reliever Carlos Torres struck out Rizzo to end the inning.
Tejada singled in the home eighth and pinch-runner Eric Young Jr. advanced to
second on a passed ball before Granderson hit a line drive into center field
to tie the game.
The Cubs out-hit the Mets 7-4. New York has four hits in each of its past
three games ... The Mets were a mere 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position,
while Chicago was 1-for-3 ... Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur made his major-
league debut pinch-running for Ryan Sweeney in the eighth. He played right
field for the remainder of the game and grounded into a fielder's choice in
his one at-bat in the ninth.
08/17 19:18:47 ET