New York Mets News

Mets blow early 3-0 lead, fall to Cubs 5-4

By Danny Abriano

In the second game of their three-game set at Wrigley Field, the Mets fell to the Cubs by the score of 5-4.

May 13, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (16) pitches against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. The Mets defeated the Yankees 12-7. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Game Recap:

The Mets took advantage of a Starlin Castro miscue to plate three runs in the first inning, but couldn’t muster much the rest of the way.

Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed two runs in the bottom of the first as the Cubs cut the lead to 3-2.

Ruben Tejada hit a solo homer in the fourth to extend New York’s lead to 4-2, but the Cubs erased that deficit in the fifth when they plated two runs against Matsuzaka.

After Matsuzaka was lifted in the bottom of the fifth, Jeurys Familia uncorked a wild pitch that allowed the Cubs to take a 5-4 lead.

That was all Chicago needed as the Mets stranded the bases loaded in the sixth and went down meekly the rest of the way.


  • Daisuke Matsuzaka made his first start since entering the rotation in place of Rafael Montero, and gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched.

Next Up:

The Mets will look to avoid a three-game sweep on Thursday in Chicago. Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Travis Wood for the Cubs.