Seth Lugo spoiled Jacob deGrom's strong outing by giving up three runs in the eighth inning as the Mets lost the series finale to the Cubs 5-3 on Sunday at Wrigley Field. >> Box score
Five things to know from Sunday's game
1) Lugo surrendered a go-ahead three-run home run to Javy Baez in the bottom of the eighth inning that turned a 3-2 lead into a two-run deficit as the Mets failed to win their third straight game. Lugo gave up a leadoff single to Kyle Schwarber and then allowed a one-out walk to Anthony Rizzo to bring up Baez, who launched an 0-2 slider over the right-field fence for a 374-foot home run.
2) Lugo, who was removed from the game after 42 pitches, spoiled what was a strong game from deGrom, who struck out nine batters and allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. DeGrom allowed one run in the second and one in the fifth, but pitched out of two-on, two-out jams in the second and fourth innings.
3) Pete Alonso broke Darryl Strawberry's franchise rookie record for home runs when he hit his 27th homer of the season in the fourth inning off Cole Hamels.
4) Tomas Nido added a solo homer in the fifth inning and deGrom hit an RBI single in the top of the fifth, however the Mets went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left four runners on base. Thirteen of the last 14 Mets to step to the plate were retired.
5) Hamels allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings for the Cubs, who salvage a four-game series split.
Steven Matz (5-5, 4.28 ERA) and the Mets face Jake Arrieta (6-6, 4.12 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m.