Bryant, Quintana help Cubs beat Mets — Roundup

Oh, and while Harvey left in the fourth with no runs allowed (sadly, meaning we didn't get to see the.066/.066/.066 slash line on the Wrigley Field scoreboard), he left with the bases loaded. The defending World Series champions had Monday off after playing for 20 consecutive days, and they responded with three homers and 11 hits overall in the opener of a three-game set against New York. That's rather more satanic (it's not quite there, but close) than nice, but that summarizes the year for Harvey (previously seen allegedly being drunk at 4 a.m. over Adriana Lima being seen with Julian Edelman) and the Mets (where to even start?).

As a matter of fact, 10 of Chicago's final 18 games are against its chief competition for the NL Central championship in the Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, with eight of those games coming consecutively on the road. Louis and Milwaukee also won Tuesday night, so the Cubs remained two games ahead of the Cardinals and 2 1/2 games better than the third-place Brewers.

Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits for New York, but Robert Gsellman (6-7) lasted just four innings.

Almora's bases-clearing triple then scored Zobrist, Bryant and Rizzo to make it 16-5.

Quintana took a hard-luck defeat in his lone start against the Mets on May 30, 2016, when he gave up one run over seven innings in the White Sox's 1-0 loss.

Harvey entered Wednesday having struck out just four batters in seven innings since returning, but he walked only one batter in his two starts.

"It happens to every team at some point", Maddon said "It's contagious to hit as well as it is contagious to not hit". It marks the 13th time in the last 17 seasons that the Cubs have opened the season away from home.

Kris Bryant picked the right time to rediscover his long-ball swing. Listen to the game in New York on ESPN Deportes or 710 WOR, and 670 The Score in Chicago.

The happy couple had gifts pouring in from fans, and damn it must be nice to be famous.

Seth Lugo (6-4, 4.64) starts for the Mets.

Bryant snapped his slump in a big way with his 26th homer, a three-run drive, and a sacrifice fly on Tuesday night. Reyes's first inning home run tied Darryl Strawberry (469) for second-most career extra-base hits in Mets history.

In his stead, Montgomery will continue to find an opportunity in the starting rotation. The throw went to third and Happ was gunned down.

Included in the calculus from the team standpoint is whether Harvey, who is arbitration eligible, should be tendered a contract, coming off two straight seasons curtailed by injuries. Only 10 players on New York's active roster were on the team in 2015. Tseng is scheduled to start Thursday's series finale against Mets RHP Seth Lugo (6-4, 4.64 ERA).

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