NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Severino is working on a no-hitter for the New York Mets through seven innings Monday night against the Chicago Cubs.

Making his sixth start for the Mets, the right-hander had allowed only two baserunners — one on a walk and the other on a hit by pitch. Severino has struck out five and thrown 79 pitches.

He was locked in a fast-moving pitchers’ duel with Cubs starter Jameson Taillon, who needed only 59 pitches to get through six innings.

The first 5 1/2 innings were played in 59 minutes. New York leads 1-0 on Brandon Nimmo’s 13th career leadoff homer.

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