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Flores leads Niese and Mets to 7-3 win over Cubs

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 16, 2014 at 11:35 pm •  Published: August 16, 2014
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Niese had an RBI groundout in a four-run sixth, when the only Mets hit was a single by Travis d'Arnaud. Niese has won consecutive starts after dropping four in a row immediately following his return from the disabled list July 21.

Called up from Triple-A Iowa to make a spot start, Straily (0-1) retired 12 straight before suddenly losing his command in the sixth. He was charged with seven runs — five earned — and four hits over 5 1-3 innings in his Cubs debut.

"I think it went pretty well until I hit Wright and then it kind of unraveled for me," Straily said. "It's something that just can't happen."

After the game, Chicago sent Straily back down and recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from its top farm club.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: Rookie RHP Jacob deGrom (rotator cuff tendinitis) threw on flat ground and said he felt no pain. There is a good chance he'll throw a bullpen Sunday, Collins said. ... RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow inflammation) allowed one run and three hits over six innings in a rehab start for Double-A Binghamton. ... Collins said the Mets are concerned about all the punishment C Travis d'Arnaud is taking behind the plate on foul balls and backswings, especially since d'Arnaud has already had three concussions in his career.

UP NEXT

Mets rookie Rafael Montero (0-3, 6.12 ERA) tries again for his first major league win Sunday when he faces RHP Jake Arrieta (6-4, 2.77) and the Cubs. Montero has served up eight homers in 25 innings, the most in club history through five big league outings. He gave up four home runs in 75 innings at Triple-A Las Vegas this year.

MAKING THEM COUNT

New York has won consecutive games with four hits or fewer for the fourth time in team history, and first since 1989.

STREAK STOPPED

Chicago SS Starlin Castro went 0 for 4, ending his 14-game hitting streak. The last Cubs player to reach 15 was Aramis Ramirez, who had a 16-game run in August 2011.

SWING AND A MISS

The Cubs struck out 10 times to give them 40 Ks in the past three games and 101 in the last nine, six of them losses.