• Final Score: Mets 9 (30-34), Cubs 4 (32-33)
  • W: Jerry Blevins (4-0)
  • L: Carl Edwards Jr. (2-1)
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  • Citi Field, Queens, NY

Matt Harvey’s night ended early, but the New York Mets made up for it with five runs on two homers in the eighth inning to beat the Cubs.

The New York Mets clinched a huge series win against the Cubs tonight, banging out nine runs and 13 hits against Chicago pitching.

Curtis Granderson gave the lineup the lead in the bottom half of the eighth with a solo shot to right, while Lucas Duda extended that lead with a three-run home run of his own.

After Matt Harvey labored through the first four innings, Paul Sewald, Fernando Salas and Jerry Blevins performed admirably, although closer Addison Reed struggled a bit, but got the job done.

The Grandy-Man Can!

Granderson hit his 300th career home run at the most opportune time — he hit a line drive to the right field corner that just got over the wall against reliever Carl Edwards Jr.

It was Grandy’s seventh homer of the season, and that might help him get going a bit.

Dark Knight Ended Early

Harvey’s inconsistent season continued as he just lasted four innings, giving up four runs, four hits and three homers. His velocity on all of his pitches was way down as well, a major concern for manager Terry Collins.

The Injuries Continue

The Mets can’t catch a break, as second baseman Neil Walker left tonight’s game in the third inning with an apparent leg injury. Walker grabbed the bottom of his hamstring when he bunted Juan Lagares over to second base.

Walker had been playing very well the last month or so, as he raised his average to .270, while notching nine homers and knocking in 33 RBIs.

It was reported that Gavin Cecchini did not play in Las Vegas tonight, so he seems most likely to come up in Walker’s absence. However, there’s only so much time general manager Sandy Alderson can hold off on bringing up the Mets’ shortstop of the future, Amed Rosario.

Additionally, reliever Josh Smoker was placed on the DL with a left shoulder strain.

What Else To Know

Blevins has been the best Mets relief pitcher this year by far, and he came through tonight throwing 1.1 innings, striking out three.

With Jeurys Familia out and Reed struggling a bit, and while the rest of the bullpen is an unknown, Blevins has been the one reliable pitcher for Collins to use.

Up Next

The Mets will look to gain ground in the NL East, when they host the first game of a four-game series tomorrow night against the Nationals. Gio Gonzalez is on the bump for the Nats, while Steven Matz will make his second start this season.

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