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The Mets stretched the lead to 4-2 in the fourth when Ruben Tejada drilled a 2-0 pitch from Jackson six rows into the left-field bleachers. The solo shot was Tejada’s second home run in less than a week. He homered Saturday in Philadelphia to snap a streak of 552 homerless at-bats, the longest active streak in the major leagues at the time. The Mets had a chance to tack on runs in the fifth after loading the bases with two out, but Anthony Recker popped out to first base to end the threat.

Jackson threw 110 pitches and was happy that he was allowed to finish the fifth.

“When the coaches have an opportunity to come pull you out and the bullpen is ready and they leave you out there,” he said, “you feel like you kind of owe it to them - whatever the situation - to get through it.”

The Cubs then pushed across three runs in the bottom of the inning for a 5-4 lead. Fittingly, the winning run scored on a wild pitch from reliever Jeurys Familia.

The Cubs’ bullpen then made it hold up as six relievers combined to keep the Mets scoreless in the final four innings.

NOTES: After the game, the Mets designated RHP Buddy Carlyle for assignment. OF Andrew Brown arrived in Chicago on Wednesday and will be activated on Thursday. . Renteria was ejected in the third inning by home plate umpire Todd Tichenor for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout. It was Renteria’s fourth ejection of the season.