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deGrom can’t break Mets slump as Cubs to sweep

Victor Caratini let go of the bat abruptly at the end of his swing. Then the Cubs catcher took a moment to watch the ball in flight, soaking in what was a groan-inducing home run for the Mets faithful at Citi Field.

At a time when every win carries October-fueled weight for the Cubs, Caratini’s go-ahead three-run blast off New York ace Jacob deGrom in the seventh inning on Thursday eased the tension that had existed all evening. It was his second shot of the night, helping power the Cubs to a 4-1 win that completed a three-game brooming of the Mets.