Marcus Stroman goes eight innings, pitches Cubs past Mets

Marcus Stroman allowed two runs over a season-high eight innings for the Chicago Cubs, who beat the visiting New York Mets 4-2 on Wednesday.Chicago’s Mike Tauchman had two hits, including a tiebreaking single that highlighted a three-run third inning.Stroman (4-4) allowed only Francisco Alvarez’s two-run homer in the third and New York’s three other hits. He struck out only three batters but recorded 17 outs on ground balls and walked just two batters over 88 pitches.Stroman’s ninth quality start of the season helped the Cubs earn a second straight win to start the three-game set following a dismal 2-7 road trip.Nico Hoerner clubbed a solo homer in the sixth inning for Chicago. Mark Leiter Jr. pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his second save of the season.New York’s Kodai Senga (4-3) endured his fourth straight tough road start, allowing three runs on six hits and five walks while striking out six over five innings. He threw a season-high 106 pitches.The Mets, who entered the series on a five-game winning streak, have lost 11 of their past 14 road contests.