Francisco Alvarez hits sixth homer of the season, Kodai Senga throws career-high 106 pitches in 4-2 loss

CHICAGO — Francisco Alvarez did all he would possibly to will his membership to a victory Wednesday evening time at Wrigley Discipline going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer off former Mets right-hander Marcus Stroman. However the Mets’ bats had been as chilly as a result of the virtually 20 MPH winds blowing in from Lake Michigan and the offense produced little else in a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

The Mets, who received right here into the Windy Metropolis driving a five-game profitable streak, dropped the sequence with their second straight loss.

Alvarez’s residence run received right here throughout the excessive of the third. The biting winds that blew in from correct self-discipline made life powerful for right-handed hitters, nevertheless Alvarez drove the ball correct by the use of the thick, icy air sending it once more 390 ft for his sixth residence run of the season. Alvarez put the Mets up nevertheless the lead wouldn’t last prolonged.

The Cubs (22-26) took a 3-2 lead throughout the bottom of the physique.

Kodai Senga (4-3) masterfully obtained out of jams throughout the fourth and fifth innings to rebound from that powerful, three-run third.

Down 3-2 throughout the fourth, Senga walked the No. 8 and 9 hitters to steer off. There had been PitchCom factors that prompted Francisco Lindor to return to the mound and signal his translator, Hiro Fujiwara. Senga appeared rattled and took a step off the mound, getting known as for a balk to advance the runners. The Mets obtained Tommy Hunter throughout the bullpen.

Buck Showalter received right here out to talk to the umpires, clearly agitated, nevertheless Senga settled down from there. He struck out Nico Hoerner, obtained Miles Mastrobuoni to pop as a lot as shallow center self-discipline and Dansby Swanson grounded out to complete the inning.

Senga had two on with two out throughout the fifth after Brett Baty deflected Christopher Morel’s line drive, nevertheless he struck out Matt Mervis to complete the inning and end his evening time at three runs on six hits.

The proper-hander threw a career-high 106 pitches, stranded eight runners and struck out six over 5 innings. However as quickly as as soon as extra, walks had been his downfall. He issued 5 free passes, one amongst which resulted in a run.

Drew Smith gave up a home run to Hoerner throughout the sixth to make it 4-2. Smith has now allowed runs in three straight appearances (4 runs, three earned) after allowing solely two baserunners in his earlier 5.

Stroman (4-4) restricted the Mets to 2 earned runs on 4 hits, walked one and struck out three over eight innings. The Mets threatened throughout the eighth with runners on the corners, nevertheless the Lengthy Island native obtained Alvarez to flooring into an inning-ending double play. Mark Leiter Jr. remodeled the save (two) by retiring the facet in order throughout the ninth.