Kris Bryant hit a three-run homer, Jose Quintana pitched seven effective innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 8-3 on Tuesday night for a sorely needed victory.
Quintana (10-11) also helped himself at the plate with a pair of sacrifices, including a perfectly placed safety squeeze that drove in Kyle Schwarber in the fourth.
Travis Taijeron's run-scoring grounder put the Mets in front in the fourth, but the Cubs went ahead to stay with four runs in the bottom of the inning.
Cubs catcher Willson Contreras walked three times and grounded out in his first start since he strained his right hamstring during a 3-1 loss at San Francisco on Aug. 9.
The Mets also announced they had acquired minor league right-hander Eric Hanhold from Milwaukee as the player to be named in the Neil Walker trade.
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