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The Cubs absolutely hammered Thor and looked to be on cruise control for a laugher of a victory...only fans weren't laughing by the time the game ended.
The lineup tagged Noah Syndergaard for 10 runs in the first three innings, hitting a trio of 2-run homers en route to a 10-1 lead.
It was the worst outing for a Mets pitcher in nearly a decade:
Syndergaard's 10 runs allowed is the most by a Met since Johan Santana also allowed 10 on May 2, 2010
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) August 29, 2019
It was also the Cubs' best performance against a single pitcher since August 2009:
Noah Syndergaard is the first pitcher to allow 10 or more runs vs #Cubs in over 10 years.
The last had been Charlie Morton of the Pirates on 8/14/2009.
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) August 29, 2019
But the offense was held scoreless from there while the pesky Mets lineup mounted a comeback with a 5-run fifth inning and threatened for more to turn a blowout into a nail-biter for a fanbase that has seen its share of blown leads on the road over the last few months.
Despite dealing for the first few innings, Kyle Hendricks wasn't around long enough to finish the fifth inning and earn the victory. It also meant Joe Maddon was forced to use most of his top relievers (Kyle Ryan, Steve Cishek, Rowan Wick, Craig Kimbrel) to close out a game that saw his team storm out to a huge lead before some New York fans had even settled into their seats.
In the end, the Cubs held on for a 10-7 victory, claiming their first true series win on the road in more than three months. It was also the first time they won back-to-back road games in the same city since April 30 and May 1 when they swept the Mariners in a two-game set in Seattle.
That makes four wins in a row away from Wrigley for the Cubs, including the victories over the Pirates in Pittsburgh and Williamsport earlier this month.
The Cubs lineup managed just three singles after the third inning, but the damage against Syndergaard was particularly impressive given he came into the game with a 1.82 ERA in eight second-half starts.
The offensive output was enough to give the Cubs a +1 run differential on the road this season after all their struggles. (They have a +66 run differential at home.)
With the Cardinals' loss in Milwaukee earlier in the day, the Cubs are now just 2.0 games back in the division and have a chance to sweep the Mets (though they will have to face reigning NL Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom).
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