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Cubs can't dig out after Mets strike early

Mills settles down after first-inning grand slam, but Chicago's winning streak ends at 7
August 29, 2018

CHICAGO -- The Cubs had little time to celebrate their walk-off win in the suspended game they completed Wednesday afternoon. Less than an hour later, they were already in a four-run hole.That start dictated the rest of the game, as the Cubs fell flat and dropped the series finale against

CHICAGO -- The Cubs had little time to celebrate their walk-off win in the suspended game they completed Wednesday afternoon. Less than an hour later, they were already in a four-run hole.
That start dictated the rest of the game, as the Cubs fell flat and dropped the series finale against the Mets, 10-3, at Wrigley Field. The loss snapped their seven-game winning streak, and it was the Mets' first win against the Cubs since June 14 of last season. Chicago had won the previous nine matchups between the two teams.
"This afternoon was a tough game," said Benjamin Zobrist, who had the walk-off single in the suspended contest. "We knew one of those was coming eventually, but we'll turn the page quickly and get back to playing good."

As was the case against Jacob deGrom the night before, the Cubs' offense was limited to just one run against a New York starter. This time, though, it was not against a National League Cy Young Award contender. Left-hander Jason Vargas entered play Wednesday with a 6.96 ERA, the worst of any Major Leaguer with at least 60 innings pitched.
Nine games into a stretch of 23 games in as many days -- and just before an 11-game road trip -- manager Joe Maddon made a point to give several position players much-needed rest days. Javier Baez, Daniel Murphy and Jason Heyward all had the game off following the completion of Tuesday night's suspended game.
"I don't feel fatigued, and I don't think the guys do either," Maddon said. "That was the whole point, to not feel fatigue going into this stretch."

Right-hander Alec Mills -- making his sixth Major League appearance and second start -- left a 2-0 fastball up to Todd Frazier, which he sent into the left-field bleachers for a two-out grand slam in the first inning. It was the first home run Mills has allowed in his short big league career.
"It's just processing the moment," Maddon said. "Bases loaded, 2-0 count against a guy that can do that. Don't just have to throw a fastball."
Mills settled in after the rough start, completing five innings and keeping the Mets off the scoreboard after their four-run first.

The Mets added four more runs in the seventh off the Cubs' bullpen. Amed Rosario flipped a two-out RBI single to left off lefty Randy Rosario. After a walk, Brandon Kintzler relieved Rosario and gave up an RBI single to Austin Jackson. Pinch-hitting, Jose Reyes lifted a long two-run triple in the right-center-field gap to extend the Mets' lead to 8-1.
Ian Happ drove in the Cubs' first run on a dribbling infield single to second base. Remarkably, Happ's hit had an exit velocity of 49.3 mph, more than 55 mph slower than Frazier's grand slam (104.4 mph), according to Statcast™. Willson Contreras scored on the play after leading off the second with a double into the left-center-field gap.
Victor Caratini smacked his first homer of the season, a two-run blast with two outs in the ninth inning.

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Albert Almora Jr. recorded all three putouts for the Cubs in the fifth, the first of which was a stellar diving snag on a Rosario line drive. Almora had to travel 49 feet in 3.4 seconds to complete the four-star play, which had a 32-percent hit probability, according to Statcast™.

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The Cubs caught a break in the third. After two batters reached with two outs, Frazier stepped in to face Mills. Contreras fired down to first base after a called strike and picked off Michael Conforto, who was initially ruled safe. However, the Cubs challenged the play, and the call was overturned to end the inning.

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Left-hander Mike Montgomery will return from the disabled list to start against the Braves in a makeup game on Thursday at SunTrust Park. Montgomery is 4-3 with a 3.08 ERA in his 13 starts this season. This will be the first of an 11-game road trip in 11 days for the Cubs. Righty Mike Foltynewicz starts for Atlanta, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. CT.

Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.