Cubs look to get well vs. struggling Mets

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Lester is 4-1 with a 3.97 ERA in six career starts vs. the Mets, including a 14-3 victory in NY on June 13 when he struck out 10 and allowed one run in seven innings.

Just look at the injured Mets out for the season - Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler - and it became a good time to play this card before an 8-3 win that held off the St. Louis Cardinals (2 games out) and Brewers (2.5 games back) for another night. Gsellman has struggled to a 2-3 record and a 7.44 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) on the road this season.

Notes: Catcher Willson Contreras (hamstring) returned to the starting lineup and as scripted was lifted after catching seven innings. "I think you enjoy the pennant race", Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters.

Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ homered against Mets relievers to complete the onslaught on a night Gsellman (6-7) was finished after four innings.

"You got to just keep working your way through it". Overall, Smith, who went 0-for-4, is hitting.202 with five homers and 16 RBIs.

Dominic Smith's debut month with the Mets was hardly anything special, but the rookie first baseman is pushing for a respectable finish. Bryant had last homered August 31 - a two-run shot that produced his previous two RBIs.

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"It's about approach and I've found a couple holes", Smith said. "It happened to be a home run".

Anthony Rizzo did that on Tuesday afternoon, sending a message through the reporters crowded around his locker inside the Wrigley Field clubhouse. Gsellman has never faced the Cubs.

Royals 4, White Sox 3: Brandon Moss hit a grand slam in the first inning for his third consecutive game with a homer, powering Kansas City. He hit in the cleanup spot and went 0-for-1 with three walks. Matt Harvey gets the ball, and he is 5-4 with a 5.82 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. This start will be his third season returning from the DL.

Blue Jays 3, Orioles 2 • Richard Urena singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning as host Toronto rallied to beat Baltimore to hand the slumping Orioles their sixth straight loss. He missed six weeks because of a stress injury in his right shoulder blade.

Schwarber changed his walk-up music to play songs such as "Born in the USA" as a delayed tribute to those lost in the 9-11 attacks and those who served the country. In the bottom half of the inning, another lead-off batter, Kyle Schwarber this time, reached via a walk, and opened the floodgates to a four-run inning, capped off by a Kris Bryant three-run dong.

Erik Goeddel was scheduled to be examined in NY for blurry vision, according to a medical update provided by the team. The 23-year-old Nido hit.232 with eight homers and 60 RBIs in 102 games with Binghamton. He was being examined in NY after experiencing dizziness and blurred vision.

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