Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Mets 14, Cubs 3

NEW YORK — Four games, all Mets. Same story, summer or fall.

Wilmer Flores went 6-for-6 and had two of New York's five home runs, and the Mets capped a four-game sweep of the Cubs by battering Jon Lester in a 14-3 win Sunday. Curtis Granderson homered in his return to the starting lineup, and former Rays Rene Rivera and Kelly Johnson also homered as the Mets set season highs for runs and hits (22).

"Coming into these four games, I think the guys knew that they had a huge challenge ahead of them, and I think they picked up their game," manager Terry Collins said.

The Mets had never hit five home runs in a game at Citi Field, which opened in 2009, before doing it twice in 45 hours against a Cubs staff that began the day with a majors-best 2.97 ERA.

New York swept Chicago in the National League Championship Series in October, then outscored the Cubs 32-11 in winning the first four matchups this year. "It was just a rough weekend. Give the Mets credit," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "They got us this time."

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