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It ended more than 17 ½ hours after it had started, but Ben Zobrist made the long wait pay off on Wednesday when he hit the winning run in the bottom of the 11 th as the Cubs hit the Mets 2 Home -1 in a game of rain exposed Tuesday night.
The Cubs extended their longest winning streak of the year to seven games and their leadership in the division to 4½ games over second place St. Louis – to be played with another game against the Mets on Wednesday afternoon.
The game resumed after the teams played nine innings Tuesday on a night that began pitchers Jacob deGrom and Cole Hamels to live their tent settlement.
Hamels threw five goalless innings before being picked up when Albert Almora Jr. lowered the bottom of the fifth with a single and lowered his ERA in six starts as a Cub to .69
DeGrom, the league's ERA leader and a Cy Young front runner, hit eight innings, allowing only one run on David Bote's sacrificial flight in the seventh. He also drove the Mets' only run, with a sharp grounder deep in the hole for an RBI single in the top of the seventh.
The winning rally opens with a rare walk leading to Javy Baez. Victor Caratini then bunkered the pitcher Paul Sewald, who crashed first base as the runners finished second and third.
Kyle Schwarber was purposely led to load the bases, and Sewald defeated Albert Almora Jr. for the first time.
With the change to the Zobrist, the Mets brought left-hander Daniel Zamora out of the Bullpen to turn around Zobrist. And Zobrist turned it into the Cubs' seventh walk-off win.