Throwing Lefty, Spieth tosses out first pitch at Cubs game

The Chicago Cubs celebrate the team's 17-5 win over the New York Mets in a baseball game Wednesday Sept. 13 2017 in Chicago

The Cubs will try to bolster their advantage when they host the struggling New York Mets for a three-game series starting Tuesday.

During the bottom fourth, Quintana brought Kyle Schwarber in with a ideal sacrifice bunt and Kris Bryant delivered the big blow to put the Cubs up 4-1. Quintana got another bunt down in the sixth, sending Javier Baez to third ahead of Ben Zobrist's RBI single. Heading into Tuesday's action, the Cubs led the Cardinals by two games and the Brewers by 2 ½, and all three trailed the Rockies for the NL's second wild card (the Cubs by a game and a half), making this a potential old-school contest without a safety net.

Tampa Bay has split the first two games of the set held at the home of the Mets.

Bryant snapped his slump in a big way with his 26th homer, a three-run drive, and a sacrifice fly on Tuesday night.

"We were really just looking to do something special on the actual anniversary date, and it's really a gift to the community, a gift to our fan base to say thank you for 50 awesome years", A's COO Chris Giles said.

"Today I had too many walks, too many stressful innings", Gsellman said. The Chicago Cubs have lost six of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs.

"Obviously, the mistake to Bryant killed him", Mets manager Terry Collins said about Gsellman.

"You got to just keep working your way through it". Schwarber went 3 for 3 and scored twice in his first start since going 0 for 3 in Thursday's 8-2 win at Pittsburgh. Lester has had his bumps as well this season, but he's been far more consistent and is coming off a game in which he allowed just one run in six innings against the Pirates.

NOTES: Cubs C Willson Contreras made his first start since being activated from the disabled list on Sunday and went 0-for-1 with three walks hitting in the cleanup spot. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's 3-1 loss to Milwaukee.

Nido, 23, hit.232 with eight homers and 60 RBIs in 102 games with Binghamton.

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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