Anthony Rizzo homers in first at-bat as Cubs leadoff hitter

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Rookie Ian Happ had a chance in the lead off spot for a while, but he's hitting.207 going into Tuesday's game.

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes who was pulled out in Monday's 6-1 win against the Cubs with a sore left heel is still doubtful of play.

Schwarber is in the Cubs' lineup Tuesday but won't hit ninth - where he's been hitting lately - because Maddon doesn't want to stack lefties back-t0-back in Schwarber and Rizzo.

The Mets built a run in the bottom of the inning when Juan Lagares led off with a double, stole second, went to third on a Wilmer Flores groundout and scored on Cespedes' double. On Tuesday, the Cubs racked up eight runs against Zack Wheeler, the Mets' most consistent pitcher this season, in just 1 2/3 innings. Montgomery didn't factor into the decision in his first start last Friday, when he allowed two runs over four innings as the Cubs fell to the Colorado Rockies. 5-3.

Josh Smoker filled in with a valiant effort, throwing 60 pitches over four innings in his longest major league outing this season, giving up three earned runs on six hits.

Every starter for the Cubs had at least one hit by the fourth inning, including Lester, who also drew a walk in the sixth.

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MARLINS 8, ATHLETICS 1: At Miami, Giancarlo Stanton returned to the Marlins' starting lineup after recovering from a bruised wrist and hit a two-run homer to help beat Oakland. Now, of course, the Cubs didn't score 14 runs because Anthony Rizzo led off, but they'll roll with it because why the hell not? He has thrown has completed six innings just once in April 3rd week.

"I just didn't feel it tonight", Wheeler said. "I really support what we have right here".

Neil Walker and Lucas Duda hit back-to-back solo homers for NY in the ninth.

Mets: SS Asdrubal Cabrera was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain.

The Cubs have lost nine in a row on the road and are 31-32, sitting in second place in the NL Central, 1.5 games behind the Brewers.

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (hand tendinitis) felt more discomfort throwing on the side, dashing hopes that he might start this weekend in Pittsburgh.

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