The Mets did not have an answer for Victor Caratini, whose two home runs were the difference in a 4-1 loss to the Cubs on Thursday night at Citi Field. >> Box score
Five takeaways from Thursday's game
1) Jacob deGrom was brilliant against the entire Cubs lineup, save for Caratini. He retired 15 batters in a row after allowing a home run to Caratini in the second inning and did not pitch from the stretch until an infield hit by Kris Bryant in the seventh inning. But later in the seventh, Caratini came up once again with runners on first and second and kept deGrom's slider inside the right-field foul pole to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead that they did not relinquish.
2) J.D. Davis got the Mets on the board early with a mammoth blast to center field in the bottom of the first, sailing over the Apple and nearly hitting the back wall of the batter's eye. The first two batters of the inning were retired, but Davis' 18th homer of the season gave the Mets a quick 1-0 lead.
3) But that was all the offense the Mets could muster against Jon Lester and a trio of Mets relievers. Amed Rosario and Jeff McNeil combined to go 0-for-7 with a walk at the top of the order, unable to set the table for the rest of the Mets lineup.
4) After deGrom's night ended after seven innings, Seth Lugo came on to face the Cubs in the eighth and made quick work of the three batters he faced, setting them down 1-2-3 with a pair of strikeouts. Since his disasterous outing on Aug. 14, Lugo has thrown six straight scoreless innings over four appearances.
5) With a broken-bat single in the first, Wilson Ramos extended his hitting-streak to a Major League-leading 22 games. The streak is also the eighth-longest in franchise history. Moises Alou's 30-game hitting streak in 2007 is the longest the Mets have ever had. He's also two games away from the longest hitting streak by a Mets catcher, held by Mike Piazza.
The Mets begin their six-game road trip in the division Friday when they head to Citizens Bank Park and battle the Philadelphia Phillies (69-63, 10.5 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB for second Wild Card) at 7:05 p.m. on SNY. RHP Zack Wheeler (9-7, 4.46 ERA) take the mound for the Mets against Phillies ace RHP Aaron Nola (12-4, 3.53 ERA).