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

NEW YORK (AP) Joe Maddon had a big idea to turn around his slumping Chicago Cubs.

How big? About 240 pounds, right at the top of the batting order.

Anthony Rizzo began the game with a long home run after a surprising move to the leadoff spot, rookie Ian Happ hit his first career grand slam and the Cubs trounced the New York Mets 14-3 on Tuesday night.

''It just worked out perfectly,'' Maddon said.

Backed by a season-best seven-run second inning, the World Series champs snapped a nine-game skid on the road and moved back to .500 through 64 games. The Cubs had lost five of six overall.

Jon Lester (4-4) earned his 150th win and matched a season high with 10 strikeouts. He allowed a run and five hits over seven innings.

Rizzo, batting leadoff for the first time in his career, had two hits, three RBIs and a bases-loaded walk. He's reached safely in 21 of his last 36 plate appearances.

''The thing is, he's not impacted by that,'' Maddon said of moving Rizzo around the lineup. ''He kind of has fun with it. He doesn't look at it in any other ways except it's going to be fun.''

Rizzo got the Cubs rolling with a 462-foot shot to center field off Zack Wheeler (3-4). Chicago then batted around in the second, and the biggest blow came when Happ went the opposite way with the bases loaded for his sixth homer.

Every starter for the Cubs had at least one hit by the fourth inning, including Lester, who also drew a walk in the sixth. Jason Heyward, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez also went deep for Chicago, which matched a season high for runs and had 15 hits. Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and a walk.

''They all looked better,'' Maddon said.

Rizzo became the seventh Cubs player to bat leadoff this season, getting the nod from Maddon because Ben Zobrist is nursing a left wrist injury, and Kyle Schwarber and Happ have been struggling.

Except for his thick frame, Rizzo looked the part of a traditional leadoff man in his second plate appearance. After falling behind 0-2, he choked way up the bat and battled back for a bases-loaded, two-out walk. Happ's slam came in the next at-bat against Wheeler.

''He sets a great example of how to work an at-bat,'' Maddon said of Rizzo.

Rizzo also legged out an RBI double in the third.

Rizzo entered Tuesday with a .390 on-base percentage this season, while Chicago had a .306 OBP from the leadoff spot - which ranked 24th in the majors. Dexter Fowler was a regular atop the lineup when the Cubs won the World Series last year, but he signed a free agent contract with St. Louis in the offseason.

Maddon plans to keep Rizzo in the leadoff spot Wednesday against New York, and he's ready for an extended stay up there.

''You know what? Let's go on a run now,'' Rizzo said. ''That'd be great. Just keep winning, no matter what.''

WHEELS OFF

Wheeler threw 46 pitches in the second and set career worsts with eight earned runs allowed in 1 2/3 innings.

''I don't know,'' he said. ''I just didn't feel it tonight. That's unfortunate. I put us in a hole early.''

Mets starters had given up one run or fewer in six straight games, the team's best run since 2010, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. New York had won four straight and five of six.

SPECIAL COMPANY

Lester tied Jered Weaver in seventh place for wins among active pitchers. Cubs teammate John Lackey ranks third with 180, and Atlanta's Bartolo Colon is first with 235.

What does the accomplishment mean to Lester?

''It means I'm old,'' he said.

ALL OR NOTHING

Happ also struck out four times, dropping his average to .207.

YO ALL GOOD?

Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes was back in the lineup a day after being lifted with a sore left heel. He was replaced in left field after five innings by Curtis Granderson because of the ''game situation,'' the team announced. New York trailed 9-1 at the time. Cespedes was 2 for 2 with an RBI double.

ONE SAVED

Mets right fielder Jay Bruce jumped and reached over the wall to rob Schwarber of a leadoff home run in the eighth.

FINISH STRONG

Neil Walker and Lucas Duda hit back-to-back solo homers for New York in the ninth.

CATCHING ON

Schwarber moved to catcher for the final two innings, his third appearance behind the plate this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (hand tendinitis) felt more discomfort throwing on the side, dashing hopes that he might start this weekend in Pittsburgh. Hendricks might have further tests, including an MRI.

Mets: SS Asdrubal Cabrera was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain. It's the same injury that landed him on the DL last month. Manager Terry Collins said he did not discuss calling up shortstop prospect Amed Rosario from Triple-A to fill in. INF T.J. Rivera was recalled instead. ... OF Michael Conforto was held out of the lineup for a second straight day with a stiff back.

UP NEXT

Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (0-3, 2.43 ERA) makes his second start since replacing Hendricks in the rotation.

Mets: RHP Matt Harvey (4-3, 5.02) pitched five scoreless innings against Atlanta last time out.

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MetsNYM29-34
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  • W: J. Lester (4-4)L: Z. Wheeler (3-4)
  • HR: CHC - J. Heyward (6), A. Rizzo (14), J. Baez (10), K. Bryant (15), I. Happ (6), NYM - N. Walker (9), L. Duda (11)
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J. Baez 3B11121000.251.290.480.7697.0
I. Happ 2B51141142.207.310.494.8048.0
K. Bryant 3B33211210.273.403.542.94512.5
J. Grimm P10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
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J. Heyward RF52221123.262.319.406.7259.0
A. Russell SS50120011.215.295.369.6643.5
K. Schwarber C40100111.176.300.382.6821.5
W. Contreras 1B42100122.240.308.383.6915.0
J. Lester P31100112.111.167.148.3152.5
a- J. Jay LF10000010.284.368.367.735-0.5
A. Almora CF42300102.286.341.412.7537.0
  • a-struck out for Lester in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Lagares CF41100030.264.319.391.7102.5
W. Flores 3B40000001.317.340.493.8330.0
Y. Cespedes LF20210000.297.384.6491.0324.0
C. Granderson LF20000000.208.299.386.6850.0
J. Bruce RF40000022.263.331.542.873-1.0
N. Walker 2B31111100.271.353.471.8247.0
L. Duda 1B41111022.248.347.545.8925.0
T. d'Arnaud C40100000.229.298.486.7842.0
J. Reyes SS40100020.189.261.292.5530.0
Z. Wheeler P0000-000.095.136.143.000-
J. Smoker P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
N. Ramirez P10000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Edgin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Rizzo (13), A. Russell (9), A. Almora (6)
    • HR - A. Rizzo (14), J. Baez (10), I. Happ (6), K. Bryant (15), J. Heyward (6)
    • RBI - A. Rizzo 3 (40), J. Baez 2 (28), I. Happ 4 (14), K. Bryant (28), J. Heyward 2 (29), A. Russell 2 (23)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Rizzo (19), I. Happ 4 (10), K. Bryant (7), A. Russell 2 (10)
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Cespedes (5), T. d'Arnaud (5)
    • HR - N. Walker (9), L. Duda (11)
    • RBI - Y. Cespedes (15), N. Walker (33), L. Duda (23)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - K. Bryant (5), W. Contreras
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Lagares (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - J. Reyes, W. Flores, N. Walker, L. Duda
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lester (W, 4-4)7.051111003.891.3029.0
    J. Grimm1.00000105.061.313.5
    F. Pena1.02220125.731.82-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lester (W, 4-4)7.0
    J. Grimm1.0
    F. Pena1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Wheeler (L, 3-4)1.26883324.481.46-17.5
    J. Smoker4.06334517.451.861.5
    N. Ramirez2.11111416.751.685.0
    J. Edgin1.02221113.081.29-1.5
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Wheeler (L, 3-4)1.2
    J. Smoker4.0
    N. Ramirez2.1
    J. Edgin1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 106-70, J. Grimm 10-6, F. Pena 16-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 3-8, F. Pena 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Lester 27, J. Grimm 3, F. Pena 5
    PITCHING
    • IBB - J. Smoker (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 62-35, J. Smoker 81-50, N. Ramirez 32-19, J. Edgin 21-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 1-1, J. Smoker 4-2, J. Edgin 1-0
    • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 14, J. Smoker 21, N. Ramirez 9, J. Edgin 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    MetsNYM29-34
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Rizzo 1B42231101.253.394.489.88312.0
    J. Baez 3B11121000.251.290.480.7697.0
    I. Happ 2B51141142.207.310.494.8048.0
    K. Bryant 3B33211210.273.403.542.94512.5
    J. Grimm P10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
    F. Pena P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
    J. Heyward RF52221123.262.319.406.7259.0
    A. Russell SS50120011.215.295.369.6643.5
    K. Schwarber C40100111.176.300.382.6821.5
    W. Contreras 1B42100122.240.308.383.6915.0
    J. Lester P31100112.111.167.148.3152.5
    a- J. Jay LF10000010.284.368.367.735-0.5
    A. Almora CF42300102.286.341.412.7537.0
    Total40141514591315-----
    • a-struck out for Lester in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Lagares CF41100030.264.319.391.7102.5
    W. Flores 3B40000001.317.340.493.8330.0
    Y. Cespedes LF20210000.297.384.6491.0324.0
    C. Granderson LF20000000.208.299.386.6850.0
    J. Bruce RF40000022.263.331.542.873-1.0
    N. Walker 2B31111100.271.353.471.8247.0
    L. Duda 1B41111022.248.347.545.8925.0
    T. d'Arnaud C40100000.229.298.486.7842.0
    J. Reyes SS40100020.189.261.292.5530.0
    Z. Wheeler P0000-000.095.136.143.000-
    J. Smoker P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
    N. Ramirez P10000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
    J. Edgin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total3437321127-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Rizzo (13), A. Russell (9), A. Almora (6)
      • HR - A. Rizzo (14), J. Baez (10), I. Happ (6), K. Bryant (15), J. Heyward (6)
      • RBI - A. Rizzo 3 (40), J. Baez 2 (28), I. Happ 4 (14), K. Bryant (28), J. Heyward 2 (29), A. Russell 2 (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Rizzo (19), I. Happ 4 (10), K. Bryant (7), A. Russell 2 (10)
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Cespedes (5), T. d'Arnaud (5)
      • HR - N. Walker (9), L. Duda (11)
      • RBI - Y. Cespedes (15), N. Walker (33), L. Duda (23)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Bryant (5), W. Contreras
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Lagares (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - J. Reyes, W. Flores, N. Walker, L. Duda
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lester (W, 4-4)7.051111003.891.3029.0
      J. Grimm1.00000105.061.313.5
      F. Pena1.02220125.731.82-0.5
      Total9.07331122---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lester (W, 4-4)7.0
      J. Grimm1.0
      F. Pena1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Wheeler (L, 3-4)1.26883324.481.46-17.5
      J. Smoker4.06334517.451.861.5
      N. Ramirez2.11111416.751.685.0
      J. Edgin1.02221113.081.29-1.5
      Total9.01514149135---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Wheeler (L, 3-4)1.2
      J. Smoker4.0
      N. Ramirez2.1
      J. Edgin1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 106-70, J. Grimm 10-6, F. Pena 16-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 3-8, F. Pena 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Lester 27, J. Grimm 3, F. Pena 5
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Smoker (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 62-35, J. Smoker 81-50, N. Ramirez 32-19, J. Edgin 21-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 1-1, J. Smoker 4-2, J. Edgin 1-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 14, J. Smoker 21, N. Ramirez 9, J. Edgin 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Duda homered to right center143
        Walker homered to center142
        Baez homered to left center, Almora scored141
      • 7TH INNING
        Bryant homered to left121
      • 6TH INNING
        Heyward homered to right, Bryant scored111
      • 3RD INNING
        Rizzo doubled to right, Contreras scored, Almora to third91
      • 2ND INNING
        Russell doubled to deep left, Bryant and Heyward scored81
        Happ homered to left center, Lester, Almora and Rizzo scored61
        Rizzo walked, Contreras scored, Lester to third, Almora to second21
      • 1ST INNING
        Cespedes doubled to left, Lagares scored11
        Rizzo homered to center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Edgin Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Almora doubled to deep left
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Baez homered to left center, Almora scored
        • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Happ walked
        • J. Grimm: Grimm grounded into double play third to second to first, Happ out at second
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Felix Pena relieved Justin Grimm
        • J. Bruce: Strike swinging, Bruce grounded out to third
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Walker homered to center
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Foul, Duda homered to right center
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud lined out to first
        • J. Reyes: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber flied out to deep right
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Contreras struck out on foul tip
        • Jon Jay hit for Jon Lester
        • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jon Jay in left
        • Justin Grimm pitching
        • Javier Baez at third
        • J. Lagares: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Lagares struck out swinging
        • W. Flores: lined out to right, In play
      • 7TH INNING
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Rizzo lined out to center
        • I. Happ: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Foul, Bryant homered to left
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heyward walked
        • A. Russell: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Walker fouled out to first
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
        • T. d'Arnaud: Foul, d'Arnaud doubled to deep left
        • J. Reyes: Ball, Reyes singled to left, d'Arnaud to third
        • N. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Curtis Granderson in left
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bryant walked
        • J. Heyward: Heyward homered to right, Bryant scored
        • A. Russell: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Russell grounded out to third
        • K. Schwarber: Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber flied out to center
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked
        • J. Lester: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lester walked, Contreras to second
        • Neil Ramirez relieved Josh Smoker
        • A. Almora: Ball, Almora lined out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • W. Flores: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Flores grounded out to third
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Granderson flied out to center
        • J. Bruce: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Bruce flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Smoker Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Almora singled to right
        • A. Rizzo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rizzo grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Almora out at second
        • I. Happ: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • J. Reyes: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Reyes flied out to right
        • J. Smoker: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smoker struck out swinging
        • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lagares struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Smoker Pitching:
        • A. Russell: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Russell popped out to second
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schwarber reached on an infield single to second
        • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
        • J. Lester: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Lester reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Schwarber out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Walker flied out to center
        • L. Duda: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Duda grounded out to pitcher
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, d'Arnaud lined out to catcher
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Smoker Pitching:
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Contreras singled to left
        • J. Lester: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Lester struck out looking
        • A. Almora: Foul, Ball, Contreras stole second, Ball, Foul, Almora singled to left, Contreras to third
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo doubled to right, Contreras scored, Almora to third
        • I. Happ: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Happ struck out on foul tip
        • K. Bryant: Bryant intentionally walked
        • J. Heyward: Foul, Heyward grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Lagares struck out looking
        • W. Flores: Foul, Flores lined out to center
        • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Cespedes singled to left
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Russell lined out to second
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked
        • W. Contreras: Contreras reached on fielder's choice to third, Schwarber out at second
        • J. Lester: Lester singled to left, Contreras to second
        • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Almora walked, Contreras to third, Lester to second
        • A. Rizzo: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo walked, Contreras scored, Lester to third, Almora to second
        • I. Happ: Happ homered to left center, Lester, Almora and Rizzo scored
        • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bryant singled to center
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bryant stole second, Foul, Foul, Heyward reached on an infield single to shortstop, Bryant to third
        • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Russell doubled to deep left, Bryant and Heyward scored
        • Josh Smoker relieved Zack Wheeler
        • K. Schwarber: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (7 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Strike looking, d'Arnaud flied out to center
        • J. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
        • J. Smoker: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoker struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Rizzo homered to center
        • I. Happ: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
        • K. Bryant: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Heyward struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • J. Lagares: Lagares singled to left
        • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lagares stole second, Strike looking, Flores grounded out to second, Lagares to third
        • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Foul, Cespedes doubled to left, Lagares scored
        • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bruce struck out looking
        • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Walker walked
        • L. Duda: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)