Faced with the task of trying to hold off the Cardinals and Brewers in a tightening National League Central, the Cubs scored four times in the fourth inning and have pulled away to a 7-2 lead over the Mets entering the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday at breezy Wrigley Field.
The Cubs’ offense, which scored only three times in a three-game sweep by the Brewers last weekend, broke out during a four-run fourth in which Kris Bryant smacked a three-run home run.
But Kyle Schwarber, who didn’t start in any of the games against the Brewers, had three hits and reached base in all four of his plate appearances.
Right fielder Jason Heyward battled the win before making a catch of a drive by Dominic Smith and falling to his knees at the warning track.
vs. Mets at Wrigley Field, Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. LH Jon Lester vs. RH Matt Harvey
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