Cubs 2, Mets 1: Nate Schierholtz knocked in the winning run with two outs in the ninth as host Chicago rallied to win the opener of a three-game series against New York.
Schierholtz went 3-for-4 and roped the game-winning single into the right-field corner and Chris Coghlan hit a game-tying home run for the Cubs. Hector Rondon (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win as four Chicago relievers combined to limit the Mets to two hits over the final 4 1/3 innings.
Curtis Granderson was 3-for-3 and drove in the lone run for the Mets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped and lost for only the second time in eight contests. Scott Rice (1-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing a leadoff single in the ninth to Anthony Rizzo, who moved up on Starlin Castro's groundout and scored on Schierholtz's game-winner.
Granderson's sacrifice fly in the first gave the Mets the lead but they couldn't add on, going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranding 10 runners. Coghlan's solo homer in the eighth against Josh Edgin spoiled a stellar outing from Mets starter Zack Wheeler, who struck out seven and allowed two hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings.
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta labored through 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and three walks but limiting the damage to a single run. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the third and got some help from reliever Brian Schlitter, who stranded two inherited runners in the fifth.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Cubs designated RHP Jose Veras for assignment and activated Rondon from the paternity leave list before the game, along with placing C Welington Castillo (ribs) on the 15-day disabled list and recalling C Eli Whiteside from Triple-A Iowa. … Mets 1B Lucas Duda went 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to seven games. … The Cubs improved to 1-28 when trailing entering the eighth inning.