Cubs manager Joe Maddon promised to submit an "interesting line-up" for the series finals on Wednesday against the Mets and left-hander Jason Vargas, and he did not disappoint.
With Kyle Schwarber claiming first place for the first time This season, the Cubs attempted to complete a Mets relay series. Earlier Wednesday, the Cubs stretched their winning streak to seven games with a 2-1 win in 11 innings in the completion of Tuesday's suspended game.
But the boys lost to the Mets 10-3 in the regularly scheduled game when Alec Mills revealed Todd Frazier in the first inning of a grand slam.
The loss broke a season-high seven-profit series for the Cubs (78-54) who start a four-city, 1
The Mets added four Runs in the seventh off-relievers Randy Rosario and Brandon Kintzler added, and they added two more in the ninth position by James Norwood, who was added as the 26th player
three times and went for a walk.
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Mills, makes his second start as part of a temporary six- Man rotation, limits the Mets to two strokes over the next four innings after admitting t he beats to Frazier.
With left-hander Mike Montgomery coming from the 10-day disability list to beat the Braves Thursday night, this might be Mills' latest start.
Javier Baez, Daniel Murphy and Jason Heyward were out of the lineup when Maddon sought peace for many of his regulars with the Cubs in a straight of 23 games without a day off until 9 September.
Kris Bryant will remain in Des Moines for the third game of his minor-league rehab task with Triple-A Iowa. It is possible that Bryant will not join the Cubs until the 25-man rosters can be extended on Saturday.
David Bote started shortstop for the first time and started an inning-end double in the sixth. Bote started 14 games at shortstop for Iowa.
Addison Russell, who is disabled on the 10-day list, and Baez are the only players to have played shortstop for the Cubs this season.
The Cubs scored their only difference from Vargas in the second on a double by Willson Contreras and an infield single by Ian Happ.
Victor Caratini hit a two-run opponent homer left center with two out in the ninth.
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