The St. Louis Cardinals’ grip on the second National League wild-card spot weakened Friday with a 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs on David DeJesus’ walk-off single in the 11th inning.
The outburst was stunning, considering that the Mets spent the early part of the week in some sort of offensive trance.
The Mets have lost four straight games, including two in a row to the Cubs, who improved their record to 26-48 but maintained the worst record in the major leagues.
For a few drowsy hours, they flailed their bats about, floating baseballs harmlessly into the blustery air above Wrigley Field, bowling others softly through the stadiumÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s checkered grass. They snapped their gloves at balls that eluded them like butterflies.
Justin Verlander got his first win in a month in a 5-3 victory, pitching eight solid innings and helping himself with a pair of sacrifices as Detroit capped an encouraging 4-2 interleague road trip through Cincinnati and Chicago.