CHICAGO — Catcher Rene Rivera usually leaves enough of an imprint on games with his defensive prowess, but his bat let the Mets steal a win Tuesday night.
The former Ray had the go-ahead single in the ninth and also made a nice play at the plate to help New York to a 2-1 win over the Cubs. Rivera went 3-for-4 and laced his winning hit with two outs well after Noah Syndergaard labored through 52/3 innings.
Jeurys Familia loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth but escaped to record his 33rd straight save this season and 49th in a row in the regular season.
Syndergaard allowed one unearned run in his matchup with Jake Arrieta, and the Mets will try to take the series in this afternoon's finale.
This was Syndergaard's first start of the second half and first since leaving his last start before the All-Star break with fatigue in his right arm. Syndergaard, who didn't pitch in the All-Star Game, said Friday he was fine after the four-day break and felt as if he had a new arm.
Syndergaard pitched out of the stretch for most of the night but squashed almost all of the Cubs' rallies.