10:45 p.m. Mets lose 9-3.
10:37 p.m. Many Mets fans are streaming toward the exits -- the score is 9-3, after Byrd drove in two more Cubbies with a single to right.
10:34 p.m. The Mets' bullpen is having an off night as well. Hisanori Takahashi has just walked in a run with the bases loaded. 7-3 Cubs.
10:20 p.m. Ike strikes out swinging. We go to the ninth.
10:17 p.m. Francouer also retired -- big spot for Ike, runner on third, two outs, trailing 6-3. Another pitching change, John Grabow in.
10:16 p.m. Bay hits a hard shot to third -- Aramis Ramirez can't handle it at first, but then scoops it up and gets Bay, barely.
10:11 p.m. Wright singles to center, scoring Castillo. 6-3. Bay's turn. And Lou Piniella is making a pitching change. Here comes Justin Berg.
10:10 p.m. A sign of life from the Mets' O. Luis Castillo triples, scoring Reyes. 6-2. Can Wright and Bay do something now?
10:05 p.m. No cycle -- Soriano flies out to right. Going to the bottom of the eighth.
10:04 p.m. Soriano's up, looking for a double for the cycle.
10:01 p.m. Mets couldn't follow up on Ike's hit. We head to the eighth, still 6-1 Cubs.
9:53 p.m. Ike has been stepping to the plate to the tune "Start Me Up" by the Stones. And the rook starts things off in the bottom of the seventh with a single to right field.
9:51 p.m. Mets get out of the top of the seventh, still trail 6-1. Can the dormant bats wake up in a big way? Sean Marshall is now pitching for the Cubs. Silva went six innings, gave up just 1 run on 2 hits.
9:46 p.m. Cubs lead 6-1, Theriot knocks one in with a single.
9:44 p.m. The Cubs have the bases loaded, one out, with the top of the lineup coming around. The wheels could fall off here.
9:36 p.m. Acosta out, Valdes in.
9:33 p.m. Alfonso Soriano is having a fantastic night. He just hit a two-run homer to left off Acosta, 5-1 Cubs. Soriano now needs only a double to hit for the cycle, in the city he once called home.
9:26 p.m. Francouer flies out to end the inning. 3-1 Cubs, heading to the seventh.
9:25 p.m. Wright strikes out, more boos. But then Bay singles to left. The Mets' second hit of game.
9:20 p.m. Acosta gives up a single, but strikes out the side in the sixth, including Derrek Lee to finish it off. Impressive.
9:13 p.m. Acosta was claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Braves on March 30.
9:10 p.m. Coming into the game to pitch for the Mets -- Manny Acosta. Acosta was just called up today from Buffalo to replace the injured Igarahsi on the roster.
9:08 p.m. More boos as Matthews Jr. strikes out. Mets do have only one hit through five innings, the Barajas home run. Guess Mets fans are getting a little tired of the lack of offense.
9:04 p.m. I was wrong. Perez out -- Gary Matthews Jr. pinch-hitting for him with one out in the fifth.
9:00 p.m. First pitch, Perez gets Colvin to pop-up to end the top of the fifth. Still, a lot of pitches through five innings. We'll see if Perez comes back for the sixth. Guessing he'll at least start the inning.
8:59 p.m. Perez hears some boos after walking Soto. Runners on first and second, two outs in the fifth. Raul Valdes warming up in the bullpen. Perez up to 96 pitches.
8:57 p.m. Soriano strikes again -- this time he drives in Marlon Byrd with a line-drive single. Cubs lead, 3-1. Perez up to 90 pitches already in fifth.
8:50 p.m. Wright redeems himself in the field by making a very nice play on a hot-shot grounder hit by Derek Lee.
8:46 p.m. Ike grounds out to first in his second at-bat of the night, 0-for-2. Cubs still lead 2-1, heading to the fifth.
8:41 p.m. Perez survives the fourth without giving up another run, but he wasted a whole lot of pitches in doing so, after walking Silva.
8:33 p.m. Two outs, no one on, and Perez walks the pitcher. Not good.
8:30 p.m. Cubs take the lead -- Alfonso Soriano with a leadoff triple, comes home on a Geovany Soto single (Soto was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double). Cubs lead, 2-1.
8:25 p.m. Wow -- the crowd lets Jason Bay hear it, after he strikes out with Wright on second base to end the third inning. Bay is really struggling though. He came into the game batting just .235 with 0 homers and 3 RBI.
8:16 p.m. Cubs capitalize on the error -- Ryan Theriot, who reached on the error, eventually scored on a sac fly. Game is tied at 1.
8:11 p.m. David Wright's been struggling at the plate, and now he just made an error in the field -- not an easy play, but one he needs to make, especially with Perez on the mound.
8:06 p.m. Rod Barajas scorches a line-drive home run into the second deck in left field. Mets take a 1-0 lead. Third homer of the year for Barajas.
8:04 p.m. Ike Davis still getting a lot of love from Mets fans when he comes to the plate. Skied a fly ball to center field in his first at-bat tonight.
8:01 p.m. Perez works out of trouble in the second. First and third, one out, Perez strikes out Tyler Colvin, and then the pitcher, Silva.
7:51 p.m. With two aboard, Jeff Francouer cracked a ball to deep left-center -- but not deep enough. Cubs get out of the first.
7:47 p.m. Mets fans, hold your breath -- David Wright just got drilled on the left wrist by Carlos Silva in the bottom of the first. Trainer checked him, he looks OK though, staying in the game.
7:38 p.m. Don't forget, Ike Davis is a very good fielder, too. He just made an outstanding play on a Jeff Baker pop-up by the Mets dugout -- he extended his body over the railing to make the play, and flipped his body practically upside-down in the process. Well done.
7:36 p.m. Let's see if Oliver Perez can put back-to-back good starts together. Last time out, he went 6 1/3 innings against the Cardinals, giving up only one run, and got a no-decision. Amazingly, he only pitched as deep as 6 1/3 innings once all of last season, on Aug. 7.
7:33 p.m. The Mets take the field, 23 minutes after the scheduled first pitch -- not bad. We're just about ready for baseball.
7:11 p.m. Cubs lineup, by the way:
Ryan Theriot, SS
Jeff Baker, 2B
Derrek Lee, 1B
Marlon Byrd, CF
Aramis Ramirez, 3B
Alfonso Soriano, LF
Geovany Soto, C
Tyler Colvin, RF
Carlos Silva, RHP
6:55 p.m. Igarashi had an MRI earlier today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, which confirmed his injury. He was in the Mets clubhouse before the game, and said (through an interpreter) that he suffered a similar injury two years ago, missing a month of action. But he doesn't think this injury is quite as severe.
Igarashi had appeared in seven games so far this season, pitching 6 2/3 innings, giving up 3 hits and 1 run. "I started to feel that I was pitching [well], things were starting to come together for the team," Igarashi said through his interpreter. "So of course, there is some frustration."
6:43 p.m. As reported earlier today, Mets reliever Ryota Igarashi has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with what's being called "a moderate injury to his left hamstring" suffered in last night's game.
Manuel said earlier today that Fernando Nieve and Pedro Feliciano would be the guys primarily used in the eighth inning in Igarashi's absence. But he also indicated 20-year-old Jenrry Mejia could be called on in that role as well.
"I wouldn't hesitate to use [Mejia] in any situation," Manuel said. "I feel that he has become somewhat confident at this level and comfortable at this level, that a little bit more responsibility would help the maturation and the development process."
6:17 p.m. People are still buzzing about the performance of Mike Pelfrey -- both last night, and on the season so far. Last night, he pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up only three hits. On the season, he is 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA -- plus he earned a save in the 20-inning marathon against the Cardinals.
Manuel spoke about Pelfrey earlier today -- about his 10-12, 5.03 ERA performance a year ago, and his hot start this year.
"As painful as it was for [Pelfrey] last year to go through what he went through, [he] probably had never tasted failure to that degree," Manuel said. "And I think it built some character. When he left, when he left last winter, he had his mind made up that, 'I'm gonna be a different pitcher when I come back. You're gonna really see me, you haven't seen me yet. And he came in, obviously very light [in weight], and he came in with a determined mind. ... He has stepped up, he has stepped up big-time.
5:51 p.m. Just got back to the pressbox from the Mets clubhouse. With yesterday's news that Carlos Beltran has not yet been cleared for any baseball activity, and will likely not be back in the Mets lineup until at least June, there will be a lot more attention paid to Mets outfielder Angel Pagan.
Pagan has been Beltran's primary replacement in center field thus far this season, and he has performed pretty well, hitting .300, with 1 homer and 6 RBI -- the homer coming Monday night against the Cubs, to give the Mets the lead for good.
There's been some speculation that if manager Jerry Manuel decides to keep Jose Reyes in the leadoff spot and doesn't move him into the No. 3 hole (as Manuel has said he'd like to), then Pagan might be a candidate for the 3-hole. Pagan's not there tonight -- he's batting eighth. But I asked him what he would think about a move to No. 3 in the order.
"I always say that, wherever my name is, it's my job to bring my best game and do the best I can for my team," Pagan said. "I can't tell you what's the difference gonna be [if he batted third], because I just do the same every day. ... It's just a matter of doing your best. Bring your 100 percent every day, and hope for the best."
5:36 p.m. It's raining here at Citi Field at the moment -- tarp is on the field. Hopefully the skies clear up enough to get this game in.
4:21 p.m. Here are the lineups for tonight's game as the Mets go for their third victory in a row:
Jose Reyes SS
Luis Castillo 2B
David Wright 3B
Jason Bay LF
Jeff Francoeur RF
Ike Davis 1B
Rod Barajas C
Angel Pagan CF
Oliver Perez P