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Walker knocks out career high 12 to take Mets 3-2 over Cubs


Taijuan Walker hit a career high of 12, Pete Alonso drove three runs and the rising New York Mets tossed a potential tie in the ninth inning of a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

Walker (6-2) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings and failed for the third time. Walker had previously skipped 11 seven times, all before surgery on Tommy John on April 25, 2018. After signing a three-year $ 23 million contract with the Mets as a free agent, Walker has an ERA of 2.12 and the Mets are unbeaten in his six home starts.

Javier Báez gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead in their third game with his 15th home run and drove a sinker onto the opposite field in the right center. Alonso hit a single with two runs in the lower half and a sacrificial fly in the fifth.

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Seth Lugo scored six outs on his first save since returning from elbow surgery on June 2, and the NL East-leading Mets (34-25) won for the fifth time in six games and moved above .500 for the first time in nine games End of the 2019 season.

Chicago, which started the night with Milwaukee for the lead in NL Central, lost its second straight win against the Mets after winning seven straight wins at Citi Field through 2018.

Sixteen consecutive thugs took off before Willson Contreras’ single, with one falling out in ninth place. Jake Marisnick Pinch ran and Eric Sogard sporadically to midfielder Kevin Pillar. Cub’s third base coach Willie Harris made the questionable decision to send Marisnick, who could easily slip on his head first from catcher James McCann after a quick season of Luis Guillorme.

Lugo went to Jayson Heyward and then fanned out rookie Sergio Alcántara for the Cubs’ 15th strikeout.

Cubs star Kris Bryant was hit by a pitch in the first inning and walked in the middle of the second with an injured right hand, the team said. Bryant initially stayed in the game after being hit by a 93.4 mph sinker on the first incline and then ran at first base.

He played third base for the second time since April 20, having also played the Hot Corner against St. Louis on Saturday. The 29-year-old has mainly played left field this season but has also played nine first base games. In a 6-for-41 slide after a hot start, Bryant beats .292 with 13 homers and 39 RBIs.

Báez, who missed the previous two starts and five of the previous seven with a thumb injury, appeared to have got a hip worse when he fouled on the fifth field.

Alec Mills (2-1) allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. The boys ‘pitchers went six, bringing their total to 14 in the series’ first two games.

New York scored in game three when Jonathan Villar left, Dominic Smith doubled up to get off the end of his racket and through the open hole in the shifted infield, and Alonso slid a slider in the middle for a two-run single.

Alonso added a victim flight from Rex Brothers that scored Villar, who was up against Mills single, who led the fifth lead.

TRAINER ROOM

Mets: 2B Jeff McNeil (strained left hamstring) was 1 for 4 with two strikeouts, playing second base as he was promoted from High-A Brooklyn to Triple-A Syracuse. … RHP Miguel Castro (neck) threw a partial bullpen.

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Mets RHP Jacob DeGrom (6-2) has a goalless streak of 22 innings and an ERA of 0.56, the lowest in Major League history with 10 starts, in his outing on Wednesday against the Cubs and RHP Robert Stock (0 -3, 4.12 for triple.). -A), selected by Triple-A Iowa to play his first Big League game with Boston since last September. DeGrom left his outing against San Diego on Friday with tendinitis of the right flexor.

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