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Mets 11-1 Cubs (June 22, 2024) Game Recap

CHICAGO — — JD Martinez, Francisco Alvarez and Brandon Nimmo homered against Shota Imanaga, and the New York Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Friday.

Francisco Lindor had three hits and scored twice as New York won for the eighth time in nine games. Jose Iglesias went 4-for-5 with three RBI.

The Mets became the first team to get a second look at Imanaga (7-2) during his impressive transition to the major leagues, tapping the Japanese southpaw for 10 runs and 11 hits in over three innings. Imanaga pitched seven innings with three hits in a 1-0 victory in New York on May 1.

This time, the Mets scored three times before Imanaga recorded his first out. Lindor hit a leadoff double and Nimmo walked before Martinez hit a 400-foot drive to center for his ninth homer.

Alvarez led off the second with his second homer. With two outs and Iglesias on first, Nimmo made it 6-1 when he hit an opposite-field shot for his tenth of the season.

Imanaga crossed his arms over his chest after Nimmo’s homer reached the left field bleachers.

New York added four more in the fourth. Martinez chased Imanaga with an RBI single, and Iglesias capped the outburst with a two-run single off Hayden Wesneski.

Imanaga’s ERA rose from 1.89 to 2.96 after his shortest appearance yet with Chicago. He surrendered two earned runs or fewer in 12 of his first 13 Major League starts.

New York left-hander Jose Quintana (3-5) threw four-hit ball over 6 1/3 innings in his second straight win. He allowed one unearned run, struck out eight and walked one against one of his former teams.

The Cubs fell to 3-4 after a nine-game homestand. Cody Bellinger had two of Chicago’s six hits.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: Manager Carlos Mendoza said RHP Dedniel Núñez was feeling better. He was unavailable for Wednesday night’s 5-3 loss at Texas due to a sinus infection.

Cubs: RHP Ben Brown (neck strain) has started catching, but hasn’t gotten to the point where he can throw off a mound yet. “We’re just going to increase activity as long as there are no symptoms,” manager Craig Counsell said. “This could happen quite quickly here, but we will also be careful about recreating symptoms.”

NEXT ONE

Right-handers Tylor Megill (2-3, 3.52 ERA) and Jameson Taillon (3-3, 3.08 ERA) will start Saturday. Megill threw five two-run innings in New York’s 11-6 win against San Diego last weekend. Taillon is 0-3 with a 4.34 ERA in his last seven starts for Chicago.

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