Jose Quintana pitched six shutout innings, Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer and the Chicago Cubs beat the banged-up New York Mets 5-1 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.
Zobrist also doubled and singled in the leadoff spot as the Cubs won for the fourth time in five games. Chicago improved to 2-8 at Citi Field since the 2015 NL Championship Series.
Quintana (6-4) continued his run of strong starts following poor ones. The left-hander allowed three hits and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third when he threw a called third strike past Jose Bautista and retired cleanup man Michael Conforto on a grounder.
Quintana struck out six and walked two. Brandon Morrow, the fourth Chicago reliever, needed only two pitches to earn his 13th save. With two runners aboard, he retired Amed Rosario on a grounder to finish the four-hitter.
Brandon Nimmo hit his career-high sixth home run in the eighth for the Mets, off Brian Duensing.
New York got four scoreless innings from Seth Lugo in his first start of the season. Lugo, who made his first 20 appearances out of the bullpen this year, pitched in place of injured Noah Syndergaard.
The Mets have lost eight of 11 since a four-game winning streak.
Zobrist went deep against Hansel Robles (2-2) with two outs in the fifth. Chicago caught a break earlier in the inning when a foul popup dropped outside third base because the Mets' infield was shifted to the right side.
Javier Baez doubled with two outs in the sixth and scored on Kyle Schwarber's single. Zobrist's double in the seventh set up Jason Heyward's RBI groundout. Willson Contreras added a sacrifice fly in the ninth - just before Baez drew his first unintentional walk in 183 plate.
Cubs RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-4, 4.10 ERA) pitches tonight against RHP Zack Wheeler (2-4, 5.40).