CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Heyward had a game-ending, pinch-hit single in the 10th after Dan Winkler stranded the bases loaded in the top of the inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 4-3 Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Kris Bryant had two hits and two RBIs and Willson Contreras also drove in a run as Chicago beat the Mets for the seventh straight time dating to June 2019.
Pete Alonso homered for New York, which got a stellar outing from the bullpen until Edwin Díaz let in the automatic runner in the 10th.
Javier Báez, who made the last out in the ninth, started the 10th on second. Díaz (1-1) hit Matt Duffy with the first pitch to put two runners on, and David Bote sacrificed them to second and third. Pinch-hitter Eric Sogard was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Heyward then hit for Winkler and hit a sharp grounder into right field.
The veteran outfielder usually plays every day, but because New York started consecutive left-handers, his 10th inning at-bat was first appearance since Tuesday.
“To get where we want to as a team, we all have to do things out of our comfort zone,” he said. “It was great for me to be able to come through there.”
It was the seventh game-ending hit of Heyward’s career.
“We knew at the back end of their bullpen, he matched up well,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “It’s rare you get to save a guy for that matchup late in the game.”
Winkler (1-0) walked consecutive batters to load the bases with one out in the 10th, but he got Dominic Smith to hit into an inning-ending double play.
“You trust your hitters,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “Then with the bases loaded with one out, you think you’re going to score.
“It was a tough series. We have to go home and regroup and play good baseball.”