CHICAGO â€” Kris Bryant snapped out of a slump with a 3-run homer and four RBIs, and Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ added solo shots to power the Chicago Cubs past the New York Mets 8-3 on Tuesday night.
Bryant and Schwarber both went deep for the 26th time, while Happ hit his 22nd home run.
The long balls backed a solid seven-inning effort by Jose Quintana (10-11 overall, 6-3 with the Cubs) and helped first-place Chicago maintain a 2-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. The Milwaukee Brewers, who also won, is 2 Â˝ games back.
Quintana allowed two runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking one. The left-hander helped his cause by driving in Chicagoâ€™s first run with a squeeze bunt.
Ben Zobrist also had an RBI for the Cubs, whose division lead was five games last Thursday before Milwaukee swept a 3-game series at Wrigley Field.
Bryant hadnâ€™t homered or posted an RBI in his last 10 games and entered hitting .176 (6-for-34) in that span. The reigning NL MVP last went deep and drove in a run on Aug. 31 vs. the Atlanta Braves.
Mets starter Robert Gsellman (6-7) lasted four innings, allowing four runs on five hits and five walks. Lack of command elevated the right-handerâ€™s pitch count to 93.