Bryant hits 3-run homer as Quintana, Cubs beat Mets 8-3

David Wright Charles Wenzelberg

David Wright Charles Wenzelberg

Similar two-game, home-and-home series will be played against the Tigers with the Cubs hosting the Twins for three at Wrigley Field (June 29-July 1) then traveling to Kansas City to face the Royals for three (August 6-8).

Ironically, the humiliating milestone comes at the site of where they peaked two years ago.

This current Mets roster is not almost as strong as the roster that beat the Cubs in June, but the Mets are coming off a solid week.

And the Mets had gone in a downward spiral.

"There's only one time to really call a team meeting", Joe Maddon said Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

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Formosa Petrochemical Corp, Taiwan's second-biggest oil supplier, said it had prepared to close its supply port if necessary. The railway bureau in Shanghai, north of Zhejiang, said it had stopped selling tickets for hundreds of trains.

The Cardinals trail the Rockies by 3½ games in the race for the second wild-card berth.

Now, he's trying to prove he can start in the big leagues.

On Tuesday, Willson Contreras made his first start since being activated from the disabled list. He issued a season-high four walks, though.

Harvey is coming off a win Thursday over Cincinnati at Citi Field when he tossed five innings and allowed two runs on five hits. The righthander pitched recklessly all night and got burned, hanging a changeup to Bryant in the fourth inning that he crushed into left field.

Braves 8, Nationals 0: Freddie Freeman hit a three-run home run off Gio Gonzalez and Julio Teheran threw seven shutout innings as Atlanta cruised to a victory over Washington, who were fresh off clinching the NL East.

Tom Savage benched in favor of rookie Deshaun Watson
The Baltimore Ravens will play the next four to six weeks without rusher Danny Woodhead , who suffered a hamstring injury. Optimism ran high for a bit, but Watson quickly faded under the pressure the Jaguars defense brought in the backfield.

Red Sox 11, A's 1 • Mookie Betts hit two home runs and a two-run triple, and host Boston rolled past Oakland. Gsellman, once considered a lock for the rotation, needed 93 pitches to get through just four innings. There's no underestimating the mental and physical fatigue these guys must feel after everything that has transpired with this franchise since 2015, from reaching the NL Championship Series that year (and getting swept by the Mets) to reaching the peak in last year's seven-game Fall Classic triumph over the Indians to grinding through this season in which they owned a 43-45 record at the All-Star break, rallied with a 32-16 stretch and entered Tuesday in a 2-6 funk.

The Mets had given the 23-year old a brief 1-0 lead in the fourth.

The defending World Series champions broke out for an 8-3 victory over the Mets in the series opener Tuesday night with Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ homering. He and Jason Heyward scored on Bryant's homer, his 26th of the season.

The Mets cut into the Cubs lead with Nori Aoki scoring on Travis d'Arnaud's sacrifice fly to right in the fifth. Every fan base has issues with the lineup construction and the bullpen decisions and all beat writers get exhausted of listening to the manager's talking points.

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