The Cubs Time To Win Is Now, New York Mets Series Preview

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Looks as though the rest helped.

In the case of the Cubs, Tuesday night's win provided some optimism after a weekend that saw them score only three runs in getting swept in a three-game series by the Brewers that cut their five-game lead. Quintana got another bunt down in the sixth, sending Javier Baez to third ahead of Ben Zobrist's RBI single. "So it's nice to win a game after three not-so-good games".

This week's series hosting the Mets is an all-important one because the weekend to come brings a familiar rival trending decisively up as the Cubs' fingers are slipping closer and closer off the edge.

The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs meet Wednesday in Major League Baseball action at Wrigley Field.

Behind a trio of homers, the Cubs earned a much-needed 8-3 win against the Mets at Wrigley Field, snapping a three-game losing streak and keeping their NL Central lead at two games over the Cardinals and 2.5 games over the Brewers.

Maybe Rizzo just senses the cynicism as someone who planted roots in Chicago and remains the only player left from the 97-loss team in 2012, or Year 1 for the Theo Epstein administration.

"I like the fact that it's hard right now, and I think that we should learn something about ourselves moving forward. So there's nothing wrong with a solid pennant race". "Now we got to figure out how to do it". Gsellman managed to dance out of trouble in the first three innings in spite of four walks and three hits, but his luck ran out in the fourth. He allowed five hits and issued a career-high five walks with his ERA rising to 5.58. "A lot of times when you get here you have to perform or you're going to be back", Smith said. (So) right now, you need to trust your guys more than anything.

Pitcher Jose Quintana (6-3 with the Cubs) drove in the first run by bunting Kyle Schwarber home from third base, and Kris Bryant drove in three with his 26th homer of the season.

Nobody has to remind Mets manager Terry Collins.

"You got to just keep working your way through it".

Schwarber and Ian Happ also homered before Bryant tacked on a deep sacrifice fly in the eighth.

He pinch-hit Sunday (0-for-1) and will make his first start behind the plate since August 8.

Red Sox 11, A's 1 • Mookie Betts hit two home runs and a two-run triple, and host Boston rolled past Oakland.

"It was a really good night for us", he said.

Actually, most media members have been documenting every day that the Cubs are in first place. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's 3-1 loss to Milwaukee.

Nido, 23, hit.232 with eight homers and 60 RBIs in 102 games with Binghamton.

"It doesn't change anything", said Schwarber, who is batting.337 with eight home runs since being recalled from Triple-A Iowa on July 9. He was being examined in NY after experiencing dizziness and blurred vision.

Cubs: RHP Jake Arrieta (right hamstring) threw on flat ground before the game, but there is no timetable for his return.

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