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Bryant breaks slump

Sports Xchange

CHICAGO — 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 ½ 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 Chicago’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 hadn’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-hander’s pitch count to 93.


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