How it happened: Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija scattered seven hits over seven innings, but took the loss as the Mets scored on homers by Jordany Valdespin and Ike Davis. Mets starter Dillon Gee also allowed seven hits, but the Cubs scored just one run in his eight innings. David DeJesus drove in Luis Valbuena with a single in the sixth. Anthony Rizzo raised his average to .386, going 2-for-4 with a double.
What it means: The Mets evened the series, but the Cubs can still win their final series in a disappointing first half with a win on Sunday.
Outside the box: Cubs prospect Jae-Hoon Ha, currently at Double-A Tennessee, will play for the World team in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game.