Alonso shines and Mets sweep doubleheader in Chicago

CHICAGO — Pete Alonso was hit in the 10th inning by a pitch from Mycgal Givens with the bases loaded, and the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Saturday to sweep a doubleheader.

Led by Alonso and Eduardo Escobar, the New Yorkers extended their winning streak to four straight and opened a lead in the NL East, 2 1/2 games ahead of second-place Atlanta.

The Cubs, meanwhile, have lost nine straight.

Chicago loaded the bases in the 10th of Game 2, but Frank Schwindel passed the ball to third baseman Escobar to start a game-ending double play. An excited Escobar celebrated after completing the pitch to first base.

Cuban Yoan López (1-0) took his first victory, while Givens (5-2) took the loss.

In the first, Alonso hit an 11th-inning sacrifice fly after Adam Ottavino got out of a jam, helping the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Saturday in the first of a doubleheader. .

The Cubs lost their eighth straight game.

Alonso, who also drove in New York’s first run in the fourth, had runners on the corner with no outs on the board in the 11th inning. He flied out to right off Mychal Givens (5-1), and Luis Guillorme ran in to score the winning run.

Closer Edwin Diaz got all three outs to earn his 20th save for the NL East leaders.

Chicago had five hits, one more than the Mets. The Cubs had a chance to take the game in the 10th, but Ottavino (4-2) retired all three batters he faced after pinch-runner Nelson Velazquez stole third.

For the Mets, the Venezuelans Guillorme 5-0 with a run scored; Eduardo Escobar 4-0. Puerto Rican Francisco Lindor 3-1 with a run scored.

For the Cubs, the Venezuelans Rafael Ortega 4-0; Willson Contreras 5-0. Dominican Christopher Morel 4-1.

For the Mets, the Dominican Starling Marte 4-1. Puerto Ricans Francisco Lindor 4-1 with a run scored and an RBI; Tomas Nido 4-1. Venezuelan Eduardo Escobar 5-3 with one run scored and one produced.

For the Cubs, the Venezuelan Rafael Ortega 2-0. Puerto Rican Nelson Velázquez 2-0. Dominican Christopher Morel 3-1 with an RBI.

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Alonso shines and Mets sweep doubleheader in Chicago