Jake Arrieta pitched eight sparkling innings, Kris Bryant homered for the second straight day and the Chicago Cubs spoiled Noah Syndergaard anticipated debut with a 6-1 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
Arrieta (4-3) had a season-high 10 strikeouts and allowed one run and three hits. The right-hander had dropped each his last two starts.
Bryant had three hits, including his first major league triple. The rookie star belted a leadoff shot against Hansel Robles in the eighth, sending a towering shot to the back of the bleachers in left.
Showing off his electric fastball and big curve, Syndergaard (0-1) had moments where he looked ready to join Matt Harvey on top of a fearsome rotation for New York. But the 6-foot-6 right-hander faded in the sixth and was charged with three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Chris Coghlan hit a two-run homer for Chicago, which finished with 11 hits. Starlin Castro doubled twice and drove in a run.
Kevin Plawecki drove in New York's lone run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.