Cubs strike out 24 times, but beat Mets 7-1 in 14 innings
NEW YORK (AP) — Despite striking out 24 times, the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 7-1 Saturday night when pinch-hitter Javier Baez homered to cap a six-run burst in the 14th inning.
Cubs reliever Luke Farrell (2-2) struck out seven in five scoreless innings, with Brandon Morrow getting the final three outs.
New York starter Jacob deGrom matched a career high by fanning 13, and combined with the bullpen to set a Mets franchise record for strikeouts. Cubs pitchers struck out 15.
Despite all the whiffing, the 39 Ks were nowhere close to the big league record for strikeouts in a game. The Cubs and Yankees combined to fan 48 times in an 18-inning game on May 7, 2017.
The record for strikeouts by a team in a game is 26. It’s been done four times, including the Cubs last year in that extra-long loss to the Yankees.
When all this fan-fest was done at Citi Field — past midnight, after nearly five hours, in the rain — about half the fans from the crowd of 32,817 had stuck around.
Albert Almora Jr. hit a tiebreaking, two-run double off Buddy Baumann (0-2) in the 14th. Ben Zobrist added a two-run double and Baez homered.
Jason Heyward had four hits, and was the only player in Chicago’s starting lineup who didn’t strike out. Tommy La Stella, who had gone 27 plate appearances without fanning, struck out as a pinch-hitter.
The Cubs won for the sixth time in seven games, and moved a season-high nine games over .500.
The Mets have lost eight of 10, including five in a row at home.
Cubs slugger Kris Bryant struck out four times, fanning against rookie Tim Peterson to end the 13th with runners at second and third.
DeGrom exited with an NL-leading 1.49 ERA. He worked around seven hits and two walks in seven innings.
DeGrom has allowed just two runs in his last eight starts. The Mets haven’t scored much for him and despite their ace’s dominance, are just 2-6 in those games.
Mike Montgomery made his second start for the Cubs since Yu Darvish went on the disabled list because of tendinitis in his right triceps. Montgomery blanked Pittsburgh on two hits over 5 2/3 innings earlier this week, and the lefty limited the Mets to two hits in six innings.
Michael Conforto homered in the Mets sixth, tying it at 1. He connected with two outs for his seventh home run this season.
Heyward and Bryant opened the Chicago sixth with singles and Anthony Rizzo hit a single on a 3-0 pitch for his 15th RBI in 15 games.
Cubs: Darvish has remained in Chicago during his recovery. There had been speculation he might join the team during the road trip.
Mets: OF Jay Bruce was scratched from the original lineup. He left Friday night’s game because of discomfort in his lower back and expected to play Saturday, but still felt the effects. He pinch hit in the eighth and struck out.
Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (5-2, 2.71 ERA) is 5-1 in seven career starts against the Mets.
Mets: LHP Steven Matz (2-3, 3.55) exited his start last Tuesday in Atlanta with a mild strain on his left middle finger. He hurt himself while batting.
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