Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets

CHC
4
NYM
1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CHC 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 4 9 0
NYM 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0

Home Runs: CHC - Javier Baez (5) , Anthony Rizzo (28)
NYM - Lucas Duda (22)


Game Information
Location: Citi Field, Flushing, New York
Attendance: 23,271

NEW YORK (AP) On days Kyle Hendricks is on the mound, he can count on Javier Baez, his buddy from the minor leagues, for plenty of run support.

It's a combo beleaguered Cubs' fans can get excited about.

Hendricks and two relievers held New York to four or fewer hits for the fifth straight game, Baez and Anthony Rizzo homered, and Chicago rallied for a 4-1 victory over the Mets on Monday.

"When he's pitching and he got a good game, I got a good game, too," Baez said.

Teammates at Triple-A Iowa for much of the season, Baez hit two homers in his third career game to help make Hendricks a winner in his fifth career start - on Aug. 7. This time, Baez's mammoth two-run shot into the second deck in left field off Mets closer Jenrry Mejia put Chicago up 4-1.

"That's typical right there," Hendricks said of the homer. "Not really shocking for us."

Hendricks (5-1) gave up three hits in seven innings, allowing only Lucas Duda's home run in the fourth. The right-hander won his fourth straight start - yielding four earned runs over 29 1-3 innings.

"I wasn't that sharp but then made that mistake to Duda and it kind of locked me in after that," Hendricks said.

Neil Ramirez struck out two in a perfect eighth and Hector Rondon allowed a leadoff double but finished the four-hitter for his 18th save.

The Cubs came back once Carlos Torres, making a spot start for Bartolo Colon, was done after five innings.

Luis Valbuena, who had three hits, had a tying single in the sixth. Rizzo connected off Buddy Carlyle (1-1) in the eighth for his 28th homer.

The Mets had only 16 hits but split the four-game series with the Cubs. The five-game run matches the club's longest streak of games with no more than four hits. They also went five straight in 2004 and 1963.

The only time since 1914 the Cubs gave up four or fewer hits in four straight games was in 1983.

"Maybe they're swinging too much," manager Terry Collins said. "It's trying not to do too much, just try to put the barrel on the baseball."

The 41-year-old Colon had to return to the Dominican Republic, where his mother was sick, forcing the durable Torres to make his first start since Sept. 27. He yielded three hits.

Colon's winter ball team, the Cibao Eagles, confirmed later Monday Colon's mother died.

The Mets will place Colon on the bereavement list and recall right-hander Gonzalez Germen from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Torres became the first pitcher to start on no days' rest since the Angels' Billy Buckner did it June 25, 26 of last year. Torres threw nine pitches in facing two batters in the Mets' 2-1 loss Sunday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: OF Chris Coghlan was out of the starting lineup. "We've been pushing him pretty hard," manager Rick Renteria said. Coghlan has been playing with a sore left big toe. As a pinch hitter, he grounded out with the bases loaded in the eight.

Mets: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka could be activated from the DL to replace Colon. Matsuzaka (elbow inflammation) made a rehab start Saturday, allowing one run and three hits over six innings for Double-A Binghamton.

UP NEXT

Cubs: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2-1) will make his seventh big league start when Cubs host the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

Mets: RHP Dillon Gee (4-5) is set for his first start at the Oakland Coliseum. He gave up four runs in four innings vs. the A's at Citi Field on June 21, 2011.

QUICK REVIEW

Renteria challenged two plays, winning one and losing one. The total time for the two reviews was 1 minute, 23 seconds. Umpires needed 55 seconds to overturn a safe call on Matt den Dekker's attempted steal in the fourth. It only took 28 seconds to uphold an out call at first base in the fifth.

GETTING BETTER

The Cubs improved to 9-8 this month. Last year they were 8-20 in August.

ZERO SUM

Torres is first pitcher to strike out six on zero rest since the Cubs' Steve Wilson struck out 10 on Sept. 10, 1989. He also is the first to throw at least five shutout innings on no rest since Philadelphia's Bruce Ruffin went eight scoreless on June 21, 1991.

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AP freelancer Dionisio Soldevila in the Dominican Republic contributed to this report.

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Pitcher Matchup
Kyle Hendricks
Innings Pitched:7 (Win)
H 3, R 1, 1.48 ERA
Buddy Carlyle
(Loss) Innings Pitched:2
H 2, R 1, 0.98 ERA

Hector Rondon
Innings Pitched:1  (Save)
H 1, R 0, 2.98 ERA
 

New York batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Curtis Granderson RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .221
Daniel Murphy 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .297
David Wright 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .270
Lucas Duda 1B 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 .255
Travis d'Arnaud C 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .227
Matt den Dekker LF 2 0 1 0 1 1 1 .200
Vic Black P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Jenrry Mejia P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Juan Lagares CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .272
Wilmer Flores SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .228
Jonathon Niese P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .050
Carlos Torres P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Dana Eveland P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Buddy Carlyle P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .233

Chicago batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Arismendy Alcantara CF 4 0 0 0 1 2 1 .208
Javier Baez 2B 5 1 1 2 0 2 1 .233
Anthony Rizzo 1B 4 2 2 1 1 1 0 .276
Starlin Castro SS 4 0 1 0 1 1 2 .285
Luis Valbuena 3B 4 0 3 1 0 0 1 .238
Justin Ruggiano RF 4 0 1 0 0 2 4 .279
Welington Castillo C 3 0 0 0 1 1 5 .238
Matt Szczur RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Chris Coghlan LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .276
Neil Ramirez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Kyle Hendricks P 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .143
Ryan Sweeney CF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .262
Hector Rondon P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -

New York pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Carlos Torres 5 3 0 0 2 6 86-48 3.43
Buddy Carlyle 2 2 1 1 1 3 36-22 0.98
Jenrry Mejia 1 2 2 2 0 0 18-13 4.04
Vic Black 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 14-7 2.01
Dana Eveland 0.1 2 1 1 0 1 13-7 3.09

Chicago pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Kyle Hendricks 7 3 1 1 2 3 94-59 1.48
Neil Ramirez 1 0 0 0 0 2 12-8 1.17
Hector Rondon 1 1 0 0 0 2 22-14 2.98