Baez HR, Cubs win 5-3; Alonso sets Mets mark for rookie HRs

CHICAGO (AP) Javier Baez hit a milestone homer to win a game after Pete Alonso went deep once again to set a team record.

Baez cracked the 100th homer of his career, a three-run drive in the eighth inning as the Chicago Cubs overcame another home run by Alonso to beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Sunday.

Alonso hit his 27th home run in the fourth, breaking the Mets record for most by a rookie in an entire season set by Darryl Strawberry in 1983.

With the Mets clinging to a one-run lead, Baez launched his 19th homer of the season with Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo on base and one out. Baez sent an 0-2 pitch from Seth Lugo (3-1) halfway up the right field bleachers.

''He just kind of hanged it out a bit and I got the barrel on it,'' Baez said. ''I think when I get to two strikes, I try to see the ball better and cut down my swing, which is pretty hard for me because I gotta swing hard.''

Baez learned that it was his 100th homer after returning to the dugout and being mobbed my teammates.

''It's really exciting,'' Baez said. ''I thought it was going to be a little bit later on in my career.''

Steve Cishek (2-4) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win in relief of Cole Hamels. Pedro Strop tossed a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. The NL Cy Young Award winner struck out nine and walked none.

DeGrom also drove in a run with a single.

Alonso's solo shot to center came on a soft 0-2 pitch from Hamels in the fourth that Hamels said resulted from a ''mixup'' with catcher Victor Caratini. The 24-year-old had homered on Saturday to set a new mark for NL rookies before the All-Star break.

''Thankfully I saw two of them in the previous at-bat and saw it long enough and put a really good swing on it,'' Alonso said. ''I'm proud of it, but I wish we won today. It was a tough loss.''

Alonso connected in his 77th game while Strawberry hit 26 in 133 games in 1983. The Mets' record for homers in a season is 41, shared by Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley.

Baez said he talked to Alonso during the series and tipped his cap to the rookie.

''He doing something amazing,'' Baez said. ''He's almost got 30 homers and we've still got two more weeks until the All-Star break. I like the way he's playing the game and the way he's hitting the ball.''

Strawberry also took note.

''Congrats to Pete for breaking my record which has stood for a long time,'' Strawberry said in a statement. ''What he's done in a short period of time is most impressive. No goal seems out of reach.''

Alonso is nearing Mark McGwire's major league record for homers by a rookie before the All-Star break, 33 set in 1987.

Tomas Nido also homered for the Mets.

Hamels helped his cause with an RBI single and Rizzo drove in Chicago's other run as the Cubs salvaged a split in the four-game series.

Hamels yielded three runs on seven hits through seven innings.

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

Mets manager Mickey Callaway cursed at Newsday reporter Tim Healey, and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained from charging him during a confrontation in the team's clubhouse after the game.

Reporters asked repeatedly after the game about Callaway's decision to stick with Lugo instead of going to closer Edwin Diaz. After the press conference, Callaway walked past Healey in the clubhouse. Healey told Callaway he would ''see you tomorrow,'' and Callaway responded by calling Healey an obscenity. Callaway walked away and then returned, cursing at Healey again and telling him to leave the clubhouse.

Vargas then stared down Healey and eventually tried to charge him. Players stepped in to restrain the veteran left-hander.

No punches were thrown, and Healey left the clubhouse moments later.

KIMBREL WATCH

RHP Craig Kimbrel is expected to pitch at least one more time for Triple-A Iowa, probably Tuesday, before the Cubs consider recalling the closer, manager Joe Maddon said.

After tossing a scoreless inning Friday, Kimbrel threw again Saturday as an opener for Iowa in a rain-shortened contest. The right-hander allowed a run and got two outs as he pitched in back-to-back games for the first time since finalizing a three-year, $43 million deal with the Cubs on June 7.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: Callaway said before the game he had no timeline on next steps for RHP Noah Syndergaard (right hamstring), who threw a bullpen on Saturday. ''We'll talk to the player and see exactly what we want to do next,'' Callaway said. Syndergaard is eligible to come of the 10-day IL on Wednesday.

Cubs: Chicago activated RHP Tony Barnette (right shoulder inflammation) off the 60-day injured list and optioned RHP Rowan Wick to Triple-A Iowa. Barnette, 35, started the season on the IL. He went 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA in 22 relief appearances for Texas in 2018 before a shoulder strain ended his season in early July.

UP NEXT

Mets: LHP Steven Matz (5-5, 4.28) faces Phillies RHP Zach Eflin (6-7, 2.83) on Monday as the Mets open a four-game series in Philadelphia. Matz is 1-2 with a 5.87 ERA in four starts in June.

Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (6-5, 4.13) takes the mound on Monday against Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (5-5, 3.40) as Chicago opens a four-game series against the NL East-leading Braves.

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  • W: S. Cishek (2-4)L: S. Lugo (3-1)S: P. Strop (9)
  • HR: NYM - T. Nido (3), P. Alonso (27), CHC - J. Baez (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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P. Alonso 1B21111201.276.366.6421.0088.0
J. Davis LF30000022.272.337.457.793-1.0
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T. Frazier 3B40200001.267.357.453.8113.0
R. Gsellman P00000000.0001.000.0001.0000.0
R. Cano 2B40000012.228.276.371.647-0.5
C. Gomez RF-LF40000011.198.278.337.616-0.5
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J. Lagares CF31100011.185.250.267.5172.5
J. deGrom P10110000.235.278.382.6602.0
c- A. Hechavarria PH10000010.236.269.416.685-0.5
S. Lugo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. McNeil 3B00000000.342.407.494.9010.0
  • a-flied out for Davis in the 8th
  • b-lined out for Nido in the 9th
  • c-struck out for deGrom in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF41100020.231.323.467.7901.0
K. Bryant 3B41100011.284.393.535.9282.5
A. Rizzo 1B31110100.276.387.541.9284.0
J. Baez SS41231020.284.323.551.8747.0
J. Heyward RF41300010.264.356.424.7806.5
D. Bote 2B30100101.267.349.476.8256.0
P. Strop P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
V. Caratini C40200024.286.375.429.8041.0
C. Hamels P20110012.107.133.107.2401.5
a- D. Descalso PH10000011.186.287.276.563-0.5
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b- A. Russell PH-2B10000002.227.287.392.6790.0
A. Almora CF30000013.245.286.396.682-0.5
  • a-struck out for Hamels in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Cishek in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Frazier (6), J. Lagares (5)
  • HR - P. Alonso (27), T. Nido (3)
  • SH - A. Rosario (2), J. deGrom
  • RBI - P. Alonso (61), T. Nido (7), J. deGrom (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario, T. Frazier, C. Gomez
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (21), J. Heyward (6)
  • HR - J. Baez (19)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo (54), J. Baez 3 (51), C. Hamels (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rizzo (10), C. Hamels
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Hamels 2 (2), A. Russell 2 (2), A. Almora 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - P. Alonso
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Heyward (5), D. Bote 2 (4)
  • CS - J. Baez (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Davis (2)
  • DP - (Frazier-Cano-Alonso)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Baez-Bote-Rizzo; Baez-Rizzo)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom6.08220903.251.0915.5
S. Lugo (L, 3-1) (BS, 2)1.13331112.871.06-8.5
R. Gsellman0.21001104.831.44-1.5
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom6.0
S. Lugo (L, 3-1) (BS, 2)1.1
R. Gsellman0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels7.07332522.921.1914.5
S. Cishek (W, 2-4)1.00001003.061.119.0
P. Strop (S, 9)1.00000205.171.0911.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels7.0
S. Cishek (W, 2-4)1.0
P. Strop (S, 9)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 97-67, S. Lugo 42-26, R. Gsellman 22-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 5-2, S. Lugo 1-1, R. Gsellman 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 24, S. Lugo 7, R. Gsellman 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 84-55, S. Cishek 18-11, P. Strop 19-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 7-6, S. Cishek 1-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 27, S. Cishek 4, P. Strop 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Rosario SS30100011.257.297.417.7140.5
P. Alonso 1B21111201.276.366.6421.0088.0
J. Davis LF30000022.272.337.457.793-1.0
a- M. Conforto PH-RF10000001.256.374.496.8700.0
T. Frazier 3B40200001.267.357.453.8113.0
R. Gsellman P00000000.0001.000.0001.0000.0
R. Cano 2B40000012.228.276.371.647-0.5
C. Gomez RF-LF40000011.198.278.337.616-0.5
T. Nido C21111100.227.250.379.6297.0
b- D. Smith PH10000000.320.421.515.9370.0
J. Lagares CF31100011.185.250.267.5172.5
J. deGrom P10110000.235.278.382.6602.0
c- A. Hechavarria PH10000010.236.269.416.685-0.5
S. Lugo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. McNeil 3B00000000.342.407.494.9010.0
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  • a-flied out for Davis in the 8th
  • b-lined out for Nido in the 9th
  • c-struck out for deGrom in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF41100020.231.323.467.7901.0
K. Bryant 3B41100011.284.393.535.9282.5
A. Rizzo 1B31110100.276.387.541.9284.0
J. Baez SS41231020.284.323.551.8747.0
J. Heyward RF41300010.264.356.424.7806.5
D. Bote 2B30100101.267.349.476.8256.0
P. Strop P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
V. Caratini C40200024.286.375.429.8041.0
C. Hamels P20110012.107.133.107.2401.5
a- D. Descalso PH10000011.186.287.276.563-0.5
S. Cishek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Russell PH-2B10000002.227.287.392.6790.0
A. Almora CF30000013.245.286.396.682-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Hamels in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Cishek in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Frazier (6), J. Lagares (5)
  • HR - P. Alonso (27), T. Nido (3)
  • SH - A. Rosario (2), J. deGrom
  • RBI - P. Alonso (61), T. Nido (7), J. deGrom (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario, T. Frazier, C. Gomez
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (21), J. Heyward (6)
  • HR - J. Baez (19)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo (54), J. Baez 3 (51), C. Hamels (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rizzo (10), C. Hamels
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Hamels 2 (2), A. Russell 2 (2), A. Almora 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - P. Alonso
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Heyward (5), D. Bote 2 (4)
  • CS - J. Baez (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Davis (2)
  • DP - (Frazier-Cano-Alonso)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Baez-Bote-Rizzo; Baez-Rizzo)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom6.08220903.251.0915.5
S. Lugo (L, 3-1) (BS, 2)1.13331112.871.06-8.5
R. Gsellman0.21001104.831.44-1.5
Total8.012552111---
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom6.0
S. Lugo (L, 3-1) (BS, 2)1.1
R. Gsellman0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels7.07332522.921.1914.5
S. Cishek (W, 2-4)1.00001003.061.119.0
P. Strop (S, 9)1.00000205.171.0911.0
Total9.0733372---
PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels7.0
S. Cishek (W, 2-4)1.0
P. Strop (S, 9)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 97-67, S. Lugo 42-26, R. Gsellman 22-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 5-2, S. Lugo 1-1, R. Gsellman 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 24, S. Lugo 7, R. Gsellman 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 84-55, S. Cishek 18-11, P. Strop 19-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 7-6, S. Cishek 1-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 27, S. Cishek 4, P. Strop 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Baez homered to right center, Schwarber and Rizzo scored35
  • 5TH INNING
    Rizzo singled to deep left, Bryant scored, Rizzo out at second32
    deGrom singled to center, Lagares scored31
    Nido homered to left center21
  • 4TH INNING
    Alonso homered to center11
  • 2ND INNING
    Hamels singled to right, Heyward scored, Bote to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Pedro Strop pitching
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
    • Dominic Smith hit for Tomas Nido
    • D. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Smith lined out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Steve Cishek pitching
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
    • Michael Conforto hit for J.D. Davis
    • M. Conforto: Foul, Ball, Conforto flied out to left
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Frazier flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Schwarber singled to center
    • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Bryant flied out to center
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rizzo walked, Schwarber to second
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez homered to right center, Schwarber and Rizzo scored
    • Robert Gsellman pitching
    • Jeff McNeil at third base
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Heyward doubled to right center
    • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bote walked
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Caratini struck out looking, Heyward stole third, Bote to second
    • Addison Russell hit for Steve Cishek
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Russell grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • T. Nido: Nido flied out to center
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Strike looking, Lagares fouled out to first
    • Adeiny Hechavarria hit for Jacob deGrom
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul tip, Hechavarria struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Seth Lugo pitching
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Caratini singled to center
    • Daniel Descalso hit for Cole Hamels
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Almora grounded into double play third to second to first, Caratini out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Frazier flied out to center
    • R. Cano: Cano lined out to left
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Foul, Gomez popped out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Baez singled to center
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • D. Bote: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bote grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • T. Nido: Ball, Nido homered to left center
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Lagares doubled to deep right
    • J. deGrom: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, deGrom singled to center, Lagares scored
    • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Rosario hit sacrifice bunt to first, deGrom to second
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
    • J. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alonso out at first
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Almora grounded out to third
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant doubled to deep right
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo singled to deep left, Bryant scored, Rizzo out at second
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alonso homered to center
    • J. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Frazier doubled to left center
    • R. Cano: Ball, Cano grounded out to pitcher, Frazier to third
    • C. Gomez: Gomez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Heyward reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • D. Bote: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Bote reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Heyward out at second
    • V. Caratini: Caratini singled to center, Bote to second
    • C. Hamels: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamels struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • T. Nido: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nido walked
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lagares struck out swinging
    • J. deGrom: deGrom hit sacrifice bunt to third, Nido to second
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Frazier singled to left center
    • R. Cano: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cano grounded into double play shortstop to first, Frazier out at second
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Gomez flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward singled to right
    • D. Bote: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bote singled to left, Heyward to third
    • V. Caratini: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Caratini struck out swinging
    • C. Hamels: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bote stole second, Hamels singled to right, Heyward scored, Bote to third
    • A. Almora: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Rosario out at second
    • J. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Davis grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Schwarber popped out to second
    • K. Bryant: Bryant flied out to right
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)