The Mets fell behind early and couldn't complete the comeback in their 10-7 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday. >> Box score
Five takeaways from Wednesday's game
1) Noah Syndergaard had perhaps the worst outing of his Major League career on Wednesday night, allowing a career-high 10 runs (nine earned) on nine hits in just three innings. Syndergaard allowed three home runs in a start for the first time in his career, allowing long balls to Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber, and Nick Castellanos. On a night where the Mets needed Syndergaard at his best, he exited with the team trailing 10-1.
2) Kyle Hendricks, starting opposite of Syndergaard, was his typical efficient self through the first four innings. The righty worked his way through the first four with just one run allowed, but he found himself in trouble in the fifth, as the Mets started their comeback effort.
With the Mets trailing 10-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Todd Frazier drilled a double off the very top of the wall in left. Next up, Jeff McNeil crushed a two-run home run to right, breaking an 0-for-9 slump. J.D. Davis then took one the other way for a solo shot. The back-to-back homers brought the Mets back within six runs at 10-4. The Mets then kept the rally going, and with two away, Joe Panik dunked a single into left, bringing the Mets within five. Amed Rosario added another RBI hit before the inning came to an end, shrinking the Cubs' lead to just four.
3) As the Mets continued to fight back, their bullpen did a tremondous job of keeping them in the game. Paul Sewald, Brad Brach, Edwin Diaz, and Luis Avilan combined to hold the Cubs scoreless over the final six innings. Diaz had a very impressive eighth inning, striking out the side.
4) In the bottom of the fourth, Wilson Ramos lined an opposite-field single to right field off of Hendricks, extending his league-best hitting streak to 21 games. The longest hitting streak in Mets history belongs to Moises Alou, who hit safely in 30 straight games in 2007.
5) The Mets kept chipping away in the eighth. With runners on second and third and one away, Michael Conforto grounded out to make it a 10-7 game. In the bottom of the ninth, Ramos led off with a single up the middle, followed by a walk from pinch-hitter Rajai Davis. Rosario grounded into a force out, bringing Juan Lagares to the plate as the tying run. Lageres went down looking, bringing up Frazier as the Mets' last chance, but he flew out to right to end the game.
The Mets and Cubs will close out their three-game series on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.
Jacob deGrom (8-7, 2.56 ERA) will go for the Mets against Cubs lefty Jon Lester (10-9, 4.49 ERA).