New York at Chicago

New York
W: H. Rondon (1-1) L: S. Rice (1-2)
HR: NYM - None   CHC - C. Coghlan (1)

Mets 2, Cubs 1 wire reports

CHICAGO -- Nate Schierholtz was one of the few dependable hitters in Cubs lineup a season ago. Now, he is starting to show signs he can shake out of an early season rut.

Schierholtz hit a two-out game-ending RBI single, after Chris Coghlan hit a home run to tie it in the eighth, and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 2-1 on Tuesday night.

It was the first game-ending hit for the Cubs this season.

Curtis Granderson had three hits for the Mets and drove in their run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. The Mets failed to win a season-high four consecutive games.

Cubs reliever Hector Rondon (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth.

Anthony Rizzo led off the bottom of the ninth with a single off Mets reliever Scott Rice (1-2). After New York third baseman David Wright was unable to turn a hard-hit grounder into a double play, Schierholtz pulled a liner into the right-field corner against the left-handed Rice to win it.

"I know I'm a better player than I showed the first few months. That wasn't me. I knew it was going to come around. It took longer than I hoped, obviously I still have a lot to do in the next four months, but I'm confident and that's all that matters," said Schierholtz, who was 3 for 4 to move his average up to .224 from .212.

Schierholtz hit .251 with home 21 home runs last season for the Cubs.

The Mets squandered an opportunity in the third when they had bases loaded and failed to score.

"We gave this away," Wright said. "Obviously, not being able to get that lead runner in the ninth and then we had numerous chances to put that team away. We couldn't do it. Any time you put that many runners in scoring position and you only come away with one, that kind of gets the momentum back on their side and they were able to take advantage of it late."

Mets starter Zack Wheeler pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and was in line for the victory until Josh Edgin gave up a leadoff home run to Coghlan to tie the game and snap a 15-inning scoreless streak for Chicago. It was the lefty-swinging hitting Coghlan's first home run against a lefty pitcher since 2010.

After only giving up one run in 6 1/3 innings to the Phillies on Thursday, Wheeler gave the Mets another strong outing. He had little trouble going against an overmatched Chicago offense. He allowed two hits, while striking out seven and only allowing two walks. The 24-year old right-hander did not allow a runner past first base.

"I thought he did a real good job. I thought his location was outstanding. He didn't have his best stuff, but he moved the ball around and I was very impressed with the way he pitched," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

The struggles continued for Rizzo, who was ejected after striking out in his first at-bat on Sunday. He struck out three times against Wheeler and dropped a routine pop up in the eighth.

Matt den Dekker led off the game with a single. He stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch then scored on Granderson's sacrifice fly.

The Mets had the bases loaded in the third with no outs, but failed to score. Chris Young hit a sharp grounder to Rizzo. Rizzo threw home to get the force. Lucas Duda popped out to Starlin Castro at shortstop and Wilmer Flores lined out to starter Jake Arrieta.

"In some big situations I was able to make a lot of big pitches, too, keep it to one run and obviously things kind of led to what happened in the ninth, which is pretty awesome," said Arrieta.

Arrieta allowed one run on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked three.

Arrieta's night ended early with a high pitch count. Cubs manager Rick Renteria was forced to pull the 28-year old right-hander after he walked Duda with two outs in the fifth on his 105th pitch.


Mets RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to make his second start of the season on Wednesday. Left-handed batters are hitting just .093 (4-for-43) against Matsuzaka. ... Cubs top minor prospect Javier Baez is hitting .219 with seven home runs and 25 RBI for Triple-A Iowa. He is in a 1 for 12 slump. ... Cubs 3B prospect Kris Bryant is batting .351 with 18 home runs and 49 RBI for Double-A Tennessee. ...Cubs placed C Welington Castillo on the 15-day disabled list because of a rib injury and designated relief pitcher Jose Veras for assignment.

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Players of the Game

N. Schierholtz
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
New York

C. Granderson
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Daniel Murphy, 2B5010003 .292
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Curtis Granderson, RF3031000 .212
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Lucas Duda, 1B3010103 .242
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Travis d'Arnaud, C4010002 .190
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   Scott Rice, P0000000 .000
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SF - Curtis Granderson (3)
SH - Zack Wheeler 2 (5)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (27)
SB - Matt den Dekker (1, 2nd base off Arrieta/Baker), Curtis Granderson (3, 2nd base off Arrieta/Baker)
Team LOB - 10
New York (N.L.) Mets
Zack Wheeler 6.2200270 3.89
Josh Edgin (BS,1) 0.2111021 2.84
Vic Black 0.2100020 0.00
Scott Rice (L,1-2) 0.2211010 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Wheeler 107-67, Josh Edgin 11-9, Vic Black 14-8, Scott Rice 16-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Wheeler 7-5, Scott Rice 1-0
Batters Faced - Zack Wheeler 23, Josh Edgin 3, Vic Black 3, Scott Rice 4
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B3010100 .270
Junior Lake, CF4000022 .244
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4110030 .267
Starlin Castro, SS4000010 .267
Luis Valbuena, 3B3000111 .257
Nate Schierholtz, RF4031011 .224
Chris Coghlan, LF3111011 .154
John Baker, C3000010 .154
Jake Arrieta, P1000010 .222
   Brian Schlitter, P00000001.000
   a-Darwin Barney, PH1000000 .177
   James Russell, P0000000 .000
   Neil Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   b-Justin Ruggiano, PH1000010 .234
   Hector Rondon, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Schlitter in the 6th
b-struck out for Ramirez in the 8th
HR - Chris Coghlan (1, Edgin)
RBI - Nate Schierholtz (17), Chris Coghlan (2)
2-OUT RBI - Nate Schierholtz (3)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (13, 2nd base off Black/d'Arnaud)
CS - Nate Schierholtz (4, 2nd base by Wheeler/d'Arnaud)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Bonifacio-Castro-Rizzo
E - Anthony Rizzo (3, Dropped fly)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
Jake Arrieta 4.2711320 3.00
Brian Schlitter 1.1000010 2.10
James Russell 1.1100010 3.14
Neil Ramirez 0.2000010 0.73
Hector Rondon (W,1-1) 1100000 1.52
WP - Jake Arrieta (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Arrieta 105-64, Brian Schlitter 14-8, James Russell 28-21, Neil Ramirez 9-6, Hector Rondon 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Arrieta 4-8, Brian Schlitter 2-1, James Russell 2-1, Hector Rondon 2-0
Batters Faced - Jake Arrieta 24, Brian Schlitter 4, James Russell 5, Neil Ramirez 2, Hector Rondon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34697
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Clint Fagan, Third Base - Tim Timmons