Rapid Reaction: Cubs 6, Mets 5

CHICAGO -- Anthony Recker became the first New York Mets catcher since Rod Barajas in 2010 to homer twice in a game. His miscue behind the plate ended up the decisive play, though.

Recker had a seventh-inning slider from Hansel Robles glance off his glove for a passed ball, allowing Dexter Fowler to score the tiebreaking run from third base. That allowed the Chicago Cubs to win, 6-5, on Thursday afternoon and complete their first four-game sweep of the Mets at Wrigley Field since 1992. The Mets left the tying run on third base to end the game when Dilson Herrera struck out.

The Mets dropped to 20-15, just a game ahead of the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East. They have lost seven straight games over two seasons at "The Friendly Confines."

The Amazin's had led 5-1 Thursday. The blown four-run lead marked a season high.

Recker produced a pair of solo homers against Travis Wood, in the second and fourth innings, for his first two long balls of the season.

The Mets had a three-homer game, matching their season high, which they also accomplished at Yankee Stadium on April 25. The Amazin's had entered Thursday with 23 homers, which ranked 26th in the majors.

Jonathon Niese (3-3) suffered the loss. He had departed with two on base and one out in the seventh and the score tied at 5.

After retiring the game's first nine batters in order, Niese surrendered a leadoff homer to Fowler in the fourth. Niese ultimately allowed six runs (four earned) on six hits, one walk and two hit batters in 6 1/3 innings. His ERA climbed from 1.95 to 2.49.

Finally! John Mayberry Jr. snapped an 0-for-21 drought with a two-run single in the fifth against Jason Motte, which gave the Mets a 5-1 lead. Motte had inherited the pair of baserunners from Wood.

Flo d'oh: Wilmer Flores produced his team-leading fifth homer. It came on back-to-back shots with Recker in the fourth. However, Flores committed his eighth error an inning later. Flores' high throw to first base on Addison Russell's grounder in the fifth lifted Lucas Duda off the bag. Russell came around to score an unearned run in the four-run frame as Chicago evened the score at 5.

Walk in the park: Jack Leathersich, promoted with Buddy Carlyle having landed on the disabled list, walked the lone batter he faced in his return to the majors.

What's next: After a 2-5 trip to Philadelphia and Chicago, the Mets return home to face the Milwaukee Brewers, who are tied for MLB's worst record at 12-23. Bartolo Colon (6-1, 3.30 ERA) opposes right-hander Kyle Lohse (2-4, 7.03) in Friday's 7:10 p.m. ET series opener. Colon has tossed 40 1/3 consecutive innings without issuing a walk. Bret Saberhagen owns the franchise record, with 47 2/3 straight walk-free innings in 1994.