The Mets grabbed an early 2-0 lead when Brandon Nimmo led off the bottom of the first with a walk and Neil Walker followed with a two-run home run, his 15th of the season. That score held until the top of the fourth, when Anthony Rizzo launched a two-run bomb to center that tied the game at 2-2.
The Mets scratched out two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a pop single by Travis d'Arnaud that eluded several fielders, plating Asdrubal Cabrera and, against all odds, Alejandro De Aza.
In the bottom of the seventh, Ben Zobrist laced a solo shot down the right field line off Erik Goeddel to bring the Cubs to within a run at 4-3. Jerry Blevins came on to face the lefty-hitting Jason Heyward, and after getting ahead 0-2 managed to walk Heyward to bring up Kris Bryant as the go-ahead run. Terry Collins swapped in Addison Reed for Blevins, and Reed struck out Bryant to end the inning.
Reed struck out the side in the top of the eighth, and the Mets went quietly in their half. Jeurys Familia came on in the top of the ninth and quickly struck out Javier Baez on a low-outside pitch that drew barks of "That's horrible, man" from Cubs manager Joe Maddon. David Ross then grounded out to short, and Zobrist fouled out to Wilmer Flores at third to end the game.
Bartolo Colon struck out five, walked three, and allowed two runs in six innings of work.
The Mets and Cubs wrap up their series at 1:10 PM Sunday when Noah Syndergaard takes on Jon Lester.
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