CHICAGO — Javier Baez homered and had four hits, Albert Almora Jr. drove in six runs, and the Chicago Cubs routed the Mets, 17-5, on Wednesday night.
The Cubs matched a season high for runs after pouring on 12 over their final three at-bats. They have outscored the Mets by 25-8 the past two games.
It is just what the Cubs, who lead the National League Central, needed after managing only three runs in a weekend sweep by Milwaukee that tightened the division race. Chicago remained two and a half games ahead of the Brewers and moved three up on St. Louis.
Kris Bryant had three hits and scored four runs. Ben Zobrist also scored four times.
Mets starter Matt Harvey (5-5) lasted only three and one-third innings in his third start back from a right shoulder injury. He allowed five runs and seven hits.