Rizzo leads off, goes long; Happ hits slam as Cubs rout Mets

Jon Lester (4-4) earned his 150th win and matched a season high with 10 strikeouts. For now, it means one thing.

The Mets were getting used to that before Tuesday, when Wheeler's poor start snapped a six-game stretch in which NY went 5-1 thanks to its starting pitchers, who compiled an 0.86 ERA (four earned runs in 41 2/3 innings). "Not afraid to let that fastball go, because there was no discomfort", Collins said. Cubs teammate John Lackey ranks third with 180, and Atlanta's Bartolo Colon is first with 235.

Lester tied Jered Weaver in seventh place for wins among active pitchers. "That's really good company".

Joe Maddon had a big idea to turn around his slumping Chicago Cubs.

"It just worked out perfectly", Maddon said. "Just speaks for his consistency". Lester, who entered Tuesday with a.066 career batting average, jump-started the rally with an opposite-field two-out single off Mets starter Zack Wheeler.

Josh Smoker filled in with a valiant effort, throwing 60 pitches over four innings in his longest major league outing this season, giving up three earned runs on six hits. "He couldn't get him out and that changed the whole outcome of the game". After the Mets took the first game of the three-game set on Monday evening at Citi Field, the aforementioned Maddon has wasted no time in tweaking his lineup for game No. 2. He allowed a run and five hits over seven innings.

"They all looked better", Maddon said. "He was not over-amped".

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant hits a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in New York. The failed Kyle Schwarber experiment at the leadoff position has more than likely ended as Rizzo will get his shot at leading off games. "I also say I can pitch and play the outfield, too".

As for Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets left fielder appeared fine, going 2-for-2 with a RBI double but the Mets announced he was removed from the game after the fifth inning "due to the game situation".

WHITE SOX 6, ORIOLES 1: At Chicago, Matt Davidson hit his first career grand slam, Derek Holland allowed eight hits in six innings and the White Sox beat Baltimore. Wheeler gave up just eight runs in his previous four starts, a span of 24 1/3 innings. "That's unfortunate. I put us in a hole early".

Conforto: Outfielder Michael Conforto sat out his second game in a row with a stiff back.

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