CHICAGO (AP) – Jake Arrieta pitched five effective innings, Craig Kimbrel escaped a jam in the ninth, and the Chicago3-1 on Tuesday. Arrieta allowed one run and three hits, struck out four, and walked three. sleeves on a fantastic, clear night – the game-time temperature was 36 degrees – Arrieta (3-1) also contributed to two runs at the plate.
Eric Sogard had two hits,, and drove in a run to help Chicago rebound from Sunday’s 13-4 loss to Atlanta. Sogard was inserted into the lineup when David Bote was scratched with an upset stomach.
Hampered by early offensive trouble, the Cubs have won just three of their last nine games.
Second-year Mets manager Luis Rojas also was thrown out by Libka after Michael Conforto struck out looking in the sixth. It was the first career ejection for Rojas.
After Arrieta departed, Rex Brothers, Brandon Workman, and Andrew Chafin combined for three innings before Kimbrel worked a shaky ninth for his fourth save.
With one out and the bases loaded, Kimbrel struck out Brandon Nimmo and retired Francisco Lindor on a bouncer to first. Sogard used his legs to get Chicago on the board in the third. He reached on a leadoff.
Willson Contreras hit a two-out grounder to Davis at third, and he skipped his throw across the diamond. Sogard kept running and scored without a throw when the ball got away from first baseman Pete Alonso.
The Cubs tacked on two more afterthe first two batters in the fourth. Jason Heyward singled, swiped second, and scored on Sogard’s liner to center. Three consecutive walks, including one to Arrieta, produced another and chased Walker.
The Mets challenged Heyward’s first steal of the season, but the close call was upheld.
The Mets tweaked their rotation for this, giving Jacob deGrom an extra day of rest. The 32-year-old deGrom was slated to start Thursday against the Cubs, but the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was . Left-hander Joey Lucchesi pitches Thursday after working three innings in New York’s 7-2 loss at Colorado during a doubleheader on Saturday.
Cubs: First-base coach Craig Driver returned to his usual duties. He had been out following a.
Mets left-hander David Peterson (1-1, 6.30 ERA) and Cubs right-hander Zach Davies (1-2, 10.32) pitch. Peterson is coming off a strong performance against Philadelphia, striking out ten over six innings in a 5-1 victory. Davies has dropped his last two starts, allowing 11 runs in 5 2/3 innings.
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