Runs could be tough to come by when these offensively challenged clubs open a three-game series Friday night at Citi Field.
After hitting .161 in losing five of six, the Cubs (26-38) matched a season high with 15 hits in a 6-5, 14-inning win over Cincinnati on Thursday.
Pinch-hitter Julio Borbon singled home the winning run with two outs as the Cubs scored at least five runs for the first time in seven games.
Chicago has lost eight of 11, largely because it's batting .203 with 36 runs over that span.
"I think we needed that win today," winning pitcher Hector Rondon said.
Chicago will be looking to build on Thursday's performance as it meets the Mets (24-37) to open a seven-game road trip.
The Cubs are scheduled to face Shaun Marcum (0-7, 4.96 ERA), who had his best outing of the season in relief Saturday. The right-hander suffered the defeat despite giving up one run and five hits over eight innings in a 2-1, 20-inning loss to Miami.
The Mets have had their own troubles at the plate, particularly while losing four of five on this homestand.
New York, which has dropped eight of 10, couldn't get anything going again Thursday except for a Marlon Byrd home run - his second in as many games - in a 2-1 loss to St. Louis.
The Mets are hitting a major league-worst .224 and have scored 13 runs while batting .184 on the homestand.
Right-hander Edwin Jackson (2-8, 5.76) will try to keep their bats quiet after snapping a three-start losing streak Sunday. He struck out eight and allowed one run and four hits over seven innings in a 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.
"Sometimes we take the game too serious and we are kind of confined in a bubble," Jackson said. "I was just able to come out of that bubble and have some fun out there."
He'll make his second start against the Mets this season after giving up three runs and seven hits - two homers - over 6 2-3 innings in a 3-2 loss at Wrigley Field on May 17.
Wright, who went 3 for 4 on Thursday, has been one of the few bright spots with 11 hits in 28 at-bats (.393) over his last six games. He's batting .385 during a seven-game hitting streak against the Cubs.
Chicago lost two of three at home to the Mets last month but has won four of the last five meetings in New York.
|June 12, 2013||Zach Putnam||15-Day DL||Right elbow soreness|
|June 11, 2013||Zach Putnam||Day-to-Day||Left game - Undisclosed injury|
|May 27, 2013||Kyuji Fujikawa||60-Day DL||Right elbow surgery - out for season|
|May 27, 2013||Rafael Dolis||15-Day DL||Strained right forearm|
|May 26, 2013||Kyuji Fujikawa||Day-to-Day||Left game - Right forearm strain|
|May 22, 2013||Shawn Camp||15-Day DL||Sprained right big toe|
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|June 08, 2013||Matt Harvey||Day-to-Day||Left game - lower back tightness|
|May 30, 2013||Jonathon Niese||Day-to-Day||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|May 30, 2013||Ruben Tejada||15-Day DL||Right quad strain|
|May 29, 2013||Ruben Tejada||Day-to-Day||Left game - quad injury|
|May 14, 2013||Scott Atchison||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|May 09, 2013||Jeurys Familia||60-Day DL||Right elbow surgery|
NEW YORK (AP) -- David DeJesus got dressed with one arm and even joked that he might be back in the lineup Sunday after sitting out one game against a lefty.
"Shoulder's good," he said with a smile that he readily attributed to powerful pain medication.
DeJesus hit a bases-loaded triple before hurting his right shoulder when he crashed into the outfield fence, and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 6-3 on Friday night behind resurgent starter Edwin Jackson .
Injured in a New York ballpark for the third time - with his parents in the stands for each one - DeJesus is headed to the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder, manager Dale Sveum said. Chicago was still deciding on a corresponding roster move for Saturday.
"Pretty much tried to run through a wall to catch a ball," an appreciative Jackson said.
Nate Schierholtz homered and slumping Anthony Rizzo had three hits for the Cubs in the opener of a three-game series between big-market teams trying to rebuild.
Jackson (3-8) went six innings for his second consecutive win, allowing one run and five hits while striking out seven.
"Just trying to get in a rhythm," he said.
Daniel Murphy hit two RBI singles and David Wright had three hits for the second consecutive game, but his baserunning blunder stopped a Mets rally in the seventh. New York has lost nine of 11 since a five-game winning streak.
Mets starter Shaun Marcum (0-8) was hit hard early but retired 12 straight during one stretch and pitched into the sixth. It was his first outing since throwing eight innings of splendid relief in a hard-luck loss to Miami on Saturday, when the Mets were beaten 2-1 in 20 innings.
"It's not tough on me, it's probably more tough on the guys in here," Marcum said. "I think I've said it a thousand times: I could care less about my personal wins. It's more about the team."
Coming off a 14-inning victory Thursday at home over Cincinnati, the Cubs won their second in a row after dropping eight of 10.
Rizzo's bloop single started a four-run second. Dioner Navarro also singled and a walk to Luis Valbuena loaded the bases with none out.
After a visit from pitching coach Dan Warthen , Marcum gave up an RBI single to Darwin Barney before Jackson struck out. DeJesus then hit a drive beyond the reach of rookie center fielder Juan Lagares that banged off the right-center fence for a three-run triple, giving Chicago a 5-0 cushion.
"You get those early runs, it's definitely a luxury," Jackson said. "More times than not it's going to be a close game. You've got to pitch mistake-free, or pretty close to it. But when you come out and get an offensive explosion like we did tonight, it's definitely great."
One inning later, Lagares led off with a triple to nearly the same spot and DeJesus - running almost full speed - crashed hard into the wall while trying to make the catch. He extended his right arm but the ball ticked off the end of his glove, and DeJesus' prone right shoulder slammed into the padded wall.
"That was a good one," he said. "I couldn't stop and it felt like I ran into the wall and my shoulder just went the other way."
His glove was knocked off his hand, and DeJesus immediately went down, writhing in pain on the warning track as he reached for his shoulder.
"It was just like the pressure just didn't want to stop," he said.
After Lagares pulled into third, every Cubs fielder went out to the warning track to aid DeJesus along with Sveum, a trainer and a worker in an EMS top. But in an encouraging sign, DeJesus got up and walked off the field under his own power, his right arm hanging limp along his side.
Ryan Sweeney took over in center field, and DeJesus went for X-rays. Sveum said the outfielder will need more tests when the swelling goes down to determine a more definite prognosis.
"That's kind of the player he is. He plays hard every day and unfortunately that fence got the best of him today," Sveum said.
DeJesus, who grew up nearby in New Jersey and went to Rutgers, said he previously injured a shoulder and tore thumb ligaments on two separate occasions at Yankee Stadium. He said his parents and a close friend have been in attendance for all three injuries.
"I've had some bad luck here," he said, adding that his parents came down to see him after he came out of the game Friday. "At least they're here, they didn't have to watch it on TV."
Lagares scored on Murphy's two-out single, but Valbuena chased Marcum with a two-out RBI double in the sixth that made it 6-1.
New York got run-scoring singles in the seventh from Murphy and Lucas Duda off James Russell , but Wright was cut down at third by Alfonso Soriano 's throw when he tried to go first to third on Duda's one-out single to left.
Carlos Marmol worked a perfect eighth and Kevin Gregg got three quick outs for his eighth straight save to begin the season.
NOTES: The Cubs confirmed that Triple-A infielder Ian Stewart was suspended 10 games without pay following his critical comments about the organization. ... Attendance was 32,208 on a night when Foreigner played a postgame concert at Citi Field.