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National League Game Summary - Chicago at New York



(Saturday, August 16)

Final Score: New York 7, Chicago 3

Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Juan Lagares drove in two runs and scored once, while Jon Niese tossed six solid innings to help the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs, 7-3, in the second installment of a four-game series.

Niese (7-8) gave up three runs, struck out six and scattered seven hits in his second straight win after losing four starts in a row since returning from the disabled list.

Wilmer Flores also finished with two RBI, while Niese and Matt den Dekker each knocked in a run for the Mets, who have won two in a row after snapping a three-game losing streak on Friday.

David Wright was hit by a pitch in sixth inning. He stayed in the game to run the bases, eventually scoring, but was replaced by Eric Campbell at third to start the seventh.

Welington Castillo and Justin Ruggiano both homered and Ryan Sweeney singled in a run in a pinch-hit appearance for Chicago, which has dropped three in a row.

Dan Straily (0-1) took the loss in his first game for the Cubs since being acquired from Oakland in July. He gave up seven runs -- five earned -- on just four hits, while walking three over 5 1/3 innings.

"I was able to keep them off balance until I couldn't find the strike zone in the sixth," said Straily.

New York struck first with three runs in the second. Lucas Duda walked to lead off the inning. Travis d'Arnaud grounded into a fielder's choice, but den Dekker followed with a single to right. Lagares hit a fly ball that took one hop before going over the wall in right field for a ground-rule double, scoring d'Arnaud. Flores' line drive into center pushed den Dekker and Lagares across.

Castillo's lead-off homer in the fifth put the Cubs on the board, but Niese settled down to retire six straight from there.

After letting in the three runs, Straily retired the next 12 batters he faced until hitting Wright with a fastball in the sixth. He followed that with a walk to Duda and d'Arnaud hit a line drive into left to load the bases. Straily conceded a run by walking den Dekker before being removed.

Kyuji Fujikawa took over on the mound and Lagares greeted him with a line drive to right center, where Arismendy Alcantara had the ball bounce off his glove for an error. Duda and d'Arnaud scored on the play, with Lagares ending up at second. Fujikawa intentionally walked Flores to load the bases again. Rizzo fielded a ground ball by Niese at first, tagged the bag and threw home, but den Dekker slid in safely to make it 7-1. Wesley Wright replaced Fujikawa and got Curtis Granderson to ground out to end the inning.

Ruggiano hit a towering shot to center to lead off the away seventh. Alcantara, Castillo and Chris Valaika followed with three consecutive singles, loading the bases before Sweeney hit a line drive that deflected off of Niese for single that scored Alcantara.

Niese didn't appear to be injured on the play, however, he was replaced by Vic Black, who retired the next three batters to end the inning.

"The job he's done to come in with guys on base is truly amazing," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Black."He has not flinched. His command is 10 times better when there are guys on. I don't know if he's so focused that he has to get outs, but he's pitched brilliantly."

Game Notes

Straily made his first start since May 7 with Oakland ... Starlin Castro went 0-for-4 and had his hitting streak end at 14 games ... The Cubs outhit the Mets 7-3, but were just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position in the loss. The Mets were 3-for-5 with RISP.

08/17 00:14:47 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CAR 1
MIN 3
 
4th
CHA 97
TOR 81
 
Final
STL 5
HOU 2
 
Final
BOS 3
MIA 5
 
Final
TAM 2
MIN 1
 
Final
PHI 1
NYY 4
 
Final
ATL 8
WAS 9
 
Final
TOR 5
BAL 4
 
Final
NYM 5
DET 4
Final
SDP 5
CWS 0
 
Final
CHC 2
CIN 5
 
Final
CLE 9
KAN 11
 
Final
MIL 1
LOS 10
 
Final
TEX 3
SFG 12
 
Final
LOS 7
SEA 4
 
Final
ANA 3
COL 0
 
Final
ARI 2
OAK 7
 
7th
NYY 0
PIT 3
 
4th
IND 87
CHI 76
 
4th
WAS 96
MIA 89
 
4th
ORL 108
SAC 105
 
4th
CHA 97
TOR 81
 
4th
PHI 63
UTA 75
 
3rd
ATL 65
CLE 66
 
Half
NOP 47
BOS 47
 
Half
HOU 54
DET 46
 
Half
MEM 43
LAL 46
 
Half
BRK 46
PHO 50
 
2nd
SAN 32
DEN 31
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
DAL
Final
MVSU 75
ARKPB 94
 
Final
CSOU 60
LONG 68
 
Final
WICHS 56
SILL 45
Final
RAD 66
WINT 67
 
Final
ILLST 71
EVAN 67
Final
HIGH 71
GWEBB 72
 
Final
UNCG 81
SAMF 76
 
Final
ELON 74
TOWS 69
 
2nd
KSU 77
AKR 77
 
2nd
BUF 71
BGU 73
 
Final
DART 75
BRO 69
 
2nd
WMICH 67
CMICH 57
 
2nd
PENN 52
CLMB 46
 
Final
PRIN 66
CORN 53
 
Final
OU 69
ILLCH 72
 
Final
OHIO 95
UMO 65
 
2nd
BST 52
NILL 56
 
Final
EMICH 85
TOL 59
 
Final
NIOWA 71
BRAD 46
 
2nd
MURST 57
MORE 62
 
2nd
HARV 21
YALE 31
 
1st
DREX 15
COC 10
 
1st
CITA 20
FUR 29
 
1st
CCAR 13
UNCA 11
 
1st
USF 3
PAC 8
 
1st
BAY 0
TTU 0
 
9:30pm Tonight
EKENT
BEL
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CLST
DET
9:35pm Tonight
INDST
LOYC
11:30pm Tonight
SCU
LMU
3rd
NJD 1
CLB 3
 
3rd
CAR 1
MIN 3
 
2nd Intermission
OTT 1
BUF 2
 
2nd Intermission
DET 2
CAL 3
 
1st
CHI 0
EDM 1
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
PIT