Harvey is 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA in three career starts against the Cubs, including a no-decision June 14 - his last start before heading for the DL - when he allowed four runs in four innings.
While a given for a couple weeks now, Tuesday night's loss mathematically guarantees that the Mets will not have a winning season for the fifth time in the last seven years.
The three-run blast was Bryant's 26th and the Cubs' 200th home run of the season. Lester has a 4.60 ERA in 16 home starts. He gave up six hits and issued one walk to go along with his seven punchouts. He walked a career-high five and struck out four.
Not sure if Rizzo had a specific tweet, headline or talk show in mind - or what someone from his entourage might have heard - but the Cubs have spent each of the last 48 days atop the NL Central and the overall theme of the coverage has been saying this franchise could become a dynasty and waiting for this team to finally take control of a weak division.
Bryant hadn't homered or posted an RBI in his last 10 games and entered hitting.176 (6-for-34) in that span. "You just can't keep letting leadoff hitters on and beat a team like that". The right-hander walked five and was charged with four runs and five hits. "It happened to be a home run". The first baseman was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts Tuesday, and he has nine hits in his past 40-at bats with no homers and six RBIs. Contreras went on the DL on August 11 due to a right hamstring strain.
He ends the night with a 6-7 record and a 5.58 ERA and a lot to prove in the little time the Mets have left this season.
Royals 4, White Sox 3: Brandon Moss hit a grand slam in the first inning for his third consecutive game with a homer, powering Kansas City.
In his first outing after the injury September 2, Harvey was hammered for seven runs in two innings at Houston.
New York's Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits, including a double. He was selected by NY in the eighth round of the 2012 draft.