Mets' Jacob deGrom: Goes the distance in dominating fashion versus Cubs

Series preview: Cubs at Mets

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The Mets used three homers and a complete game by Jacob deGrom (5-3) to defeat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 in the first game of a three-game series on Monday night at Citi Field.

Just days after ending a six-week DL stint, Mets star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is hobbling yet again, although the slugger isn't so concerned about his latest injury. He had been out with a strained hamstring and thigh trouble. NY starters are 19-19 and rank 23rd in the major leagues with a 4.73 ERA.

Lugo (1-0) came back from right elbow inflammation that sidelined him all season, helping Mets starters post a 0.83 ERA over the last five games.

Padres 8, Reds 3 • Franchy Cordero hit his first major-league home run and Austin Hedges had three hits and three RBIs as San Diego romped at home.

DeGrom bounced back from the worst two-start stretch of his career, in which he allowed 15 runs over eight innings.

He gave up six runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings.

DeGrom (5-3) was at 106 pitches after eight innings, but when the Mets tacked on two runs, he was left in to bat before throwing just 10 pitches in a flawless ninth.

Cabrera got off to an ominous start with his 11th error, four more than the usually sure-handed shortstop made all of past year.

A fan ran on the field in the eighth inning while the Cubs made a pitching change. Jason Heyward opened the Cubs second with a routine popup and Cabrera bumped into third baseman Jose Reyes as they settled under it, with the ball glancing off Cabrera's glove and falling to the ground. Lackey has surrendered 16 home runs in 12 starts this season, including eight in his last five turns.

The Mets defeated the Braves, 2-1, at SunTrust Park yesterday, winning their third straight contest, and finishing up their six-game road trip with a mark of 4-2.

Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (3-4, 4.12 ERA) is 0-3 with 7.11 ERA in five road starts this year. He also made a fine play in the hole to get Javier Baez, who was out at first on a replay reversal. Bruce finished with three hits.

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-5) didn't allow a run over 14 innings of his last two starts, lowering his ERA from 4.44 to 3.48.

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