Mike Montgomery

Cubs strike out 24 times, but beat Mets 7-1 in 14 innings

Frustrated after his third straight strikeout, Albert Almora Jr. tried to break the bat over his knee. That was a swing and miss, too.

"Failed miserably," he said.

Eventually, Almora and his Cubs teammates made contact.

Despite striking out 24 times, Chicago beat the New York Mets 7-1 Saturday night, boosted by Almora's tiebreaking, two-run double in the 14th inning.

"That whole game was a grind," Almora said.

Cubs reliever Luke Farrell (2-2) struck out seven in five scoreless innings, with Brandon Morrow getting the final three outs.

Farrell also got his first two plate appearances in the majors, striking out both times....