Ryan Theriot's RBI-infield single with 2 outs started a 6-run 3rd inning and the Chicago Cubs trimmed the New York Mets 6-2.
Jacque Jones had 3 hits for the Cubs, who began the day 1 game behind 1st-place Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Brewers host the Phillies later tonight.
Moises Alou homered twice for the NL East-leading Mets, who had their 3-game winning streak snapped.
Ted Lilly is 12-and-5 after pitching 7 and two-thirds impressive innings. He's won 7 of his last 8 starts.
The loss went to John Maine who was pounded for 6 runs on 4 hits over 2 and two-thirds innings. He's 12-and-6 following the shortest outing of his career.