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Mets hold off Cubs after Edwin Díaz’s ejection for foreign substance

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  • Kyle Evans 

The New York Mets (37-39) picked up a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs (37-41) on Sunday night at Wrigley Field and took two of three in the series but lost their closer for the next 10 games.

With New York holding a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, manager Carlos Mendoza called on his closer, Edwin Díaz, to get the final three outs, but before he could even take the mound, he was tossed from the game for having a foreign substance on his hand.

Díaz is automatically suspended for 10 games for the ejection and the Mets can not replace him on the roster.

Francisco Lindor, Brandon Nimmo, and Mark Vientos homered in the win.

Luis Severino tossed six shutout innings while allowing just three hits and striking out 10.

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The Mets will get the day off Monday before they host the Yankees for two games at Citi Field, starting Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.