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FLUSHING, Queens — Kyle Hendricks flummoxed the Mets for six innings to win his career-best seventh straight start, Javier Báez hit a two-run homer in the first off Marcus Stroman and the Chicago Cubs beat New York 2-0 to avoid a four-game series sweep.

Hendricks struck out seven and walked two, retiring his last eight batters after consecutive walks in the fourth.

He improved to 4-0 against the Mets.

Andrew Chafin, Ryan Tepera and Craig Kimbrel finished with hitless relief in the combined two-hitter.

Kimbrel tied for the big league lead with his 19th save.