Rapid Reaction: Mets Score Five in Eighth to Win 9-4

The New York Mets (30-34) won the rubber game of their series with the Chicago Cubs (32-33) with a 9-4 victory on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Pitching

Matt Harvey (4-3, 5.02 ERA) toed the rubber for the Mets on Wednesday. He was greeted with back-to-back home runs by Anthony Rizzo and Ian Happ to start the game. He rebounded to retire 10 of the next 11 Cubs before giving up two more runs in the fourth on a Jon Jay single and a Kyle Schwarber home run.

Overall on the night Harvey went four innings and gave up four runs, four hits, and one walk while striking out five. With the three home runs he allowed in this game, he has now allowed 16 homers in 70 1/3 innings.

Paul Sewald delivered two scoreless innings in relief.

Fernando Salas and Jerry Blevins combined to fire a scoreless seventh inning. Blevins then stayed on for the eighth and pitched a perfect frame.

Addison Reed was able to get out of a bases-loaded situation in the ninth to close the game out in a non-save situation.

Offense

The Mets faced Mike Montgomery (0-3, 2.43 ERA) who made his second start of the season. The Mets put their first run on the board in the second due to a fielding error by Kris Bryant which scored Jay Bruce.

The Mets scored two more runs in the fourth. With the bases loaded and the bench depleted due to an injury to Neil Walker, Steven Matz was called upon to pinch hit. He ran out an infield single which scored T.J. Rivera. Juan Lagares followed with a sac fly to put the Mets within one run of the Cubs.

Lagares helped the Mets again in the sixth as he hit a RBI triple to tie the game.

Curtis Granderson hit a go-ahead home run to give the Mets a 5-4 lead. The home run was the 300th of his career. Later in the inning Lucas Duda gave the Mets some insurance runs with a three-run homer. Rivera capped off the inning with a RBI single to make it a 9-4 Mets lead.

The Mets had 13 hits and four walks on the night. Granderson, Lagares, Rivera and Bruce each had multi-hit games.

On Deck

The Mets will host the first-place Washington Nationals at Citi Field for a four-game series starting Thursday. Robert Gsellman (5-3, 4.95 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets against Gio Gonzalez (5-1, 2.91 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.

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