Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Cubs 3

May, 19, 2013
5/19/13
4:58
PM CT
By Sahadev Sharma
Special to ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 4-3 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday at Wrigley Field.

How it happened: After falling behind 3-1, the Mets used the long ball to overtake the Cubs. Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares hit his first career major league home run, a two-run shot, to tie the game at three. Then in the eighth, the Mets scored for the third consecutive inning, as Daniel Murphy hit a solo shot for the game-winner. Murphy is hitting .500/.517/.857 with two home runs -- both of which came in this weekend's series against the Cubs -- in his last seven games. The Cubs started the scoring in the fifth when starter Travis Wood helped his own cause by hitting a home two-run homer off Mets starter Dillon Gee to give his team a 2-0 lead. Ryan Sweeney, who went 2-for-3 on the day, led off the bottom half of the sixth with a home run to push the Cubs’ lead back to two at 3-1 after the Mets had scratched one across in the top half of the inning.

What it means: The Cubs failed in their attempt to win three straight series as they try to claw their way back to the .500 mark. It won't get any easier as they face two of the hotter teams in baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds, on the road in their next six games.

Outside the box: The Cubs have four home runs and 16 RBIs from the ninth spot in their lineup. In comparison, the clean-up spot has delivered five home runs and and only 15 RBIs. Anthony Rizzo ended his no-strikeout streak at 40 plate appearances when he went down swinging in the first. He added two more strikeouts in the fifth and the eighth on a 0-for-4 day.

Up next: After a day off Monday, the Cubs take on the Pirates in Pittsburgh with Matt Garza being activated off the disabled list to make his first start of the season. He'll face lefty Wandy Rodriguez (4-2, 3.25) at 6:05 p.m. at PNC Park.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Anthony Rizzo
BA HR RBI R
.283 25 55 67
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 25
RBIA. Rizzo 55
RA. Rizzo 67
OPSA. Rizzo .924
WJ. Hammel 8
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOJ. Hammel 104