Bryant snapped out of a slump with a three-run homer and four RBIs, and Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ added solo shots to power the Cubs past the New York Mets 8-3 on Tuesday night.
Blue Jays 3, Orioles 2 • Richard Urena singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning as host Toronto rallied to beat Baltimore to hand the slumping Orioles their sixth straight loss.
The Mets paid him $5.127 million this year and they will have to offer something similar or better going into his final year of arbitration.
The Cubs have scored at least 13 runs in a game seven times since Aug. 1, and have scored 17 in a game three times in that span. Chicago remained 2 1/2 games ahead of the Brewers and moved three up on St. Louis. But Bryant read it perfectly on second base and never hesitated in speeding around third and scoring an extra run on the play. Ben Zobrist was 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and an RBI. "I think you enjoy the pennant race", Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters.
Next year will be the first time the Cubs open a season at Miami since 1998, when the Marlins played in the football stadium.
If fans win the opportunity to purchase tickets, they will be able to use the $50 deposit toward those tickets, according to the team. "That's all you can say about tonight".
Mets starter Matt Harvey (5-5) lasted only three and one-third innings in his third start back from a right shoulder injury. Except, buried within a parade of baserunners was the fact that Harvey's fastball regularly touched 95 mph, up a tick from his previous outings.
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Harvey, who allowed seven hits and four walks, was removed with it 2-2 in the fourth and watched Hansel Robles walk in a run before Willson Contreras delivered a two-run single.
Winker, the Reds rookie right fielder, opened the game with his fifth homer of the season.
It was the kind of night where announcers fill time by saying things like, "Well, that wasn't an oil painting but it got the job done". Then, things took a turn for the worse. The left-hander gave up two runs and six hits.
Interleague games will be against the AL Central in 2018, including a 2016 World Series rematch against the Indians coming first at Progressive Field (April 22 &23) and then Wrigley Field (May 22 and 23). New York has hit a franchise-record 114 homers on the road and leads the National League with 209.
With Harvey tentatively slated to make just three starts before the season ends, time is running out for him to build confidence heading into 2018. "So it's nice to win a game after three not-so-good games". But that's still OK because the Cubs had the lead, right? Tseng is scheduled to start Thursday's series finale against Mets RHP Seth Lugo (6-4, 4.64 ERA).