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Murphy leads rally, Mets win rare series at Wrigley Field

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CHICAGO -- The New York Mets wanted more pop up top, and hoped Daniel Murphy could provide it.

He delivered, hitting a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning that sent the Mets over the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Sunday for their first series win at Wrigley Field since 2007.

The Mets won two of three on this trip to Chicago.

Murphy batted leadoff for the first time this season and fifth time in his career. He'd mostly been in the second slot this season.

"It's still always about quality at-bats," Murphy said.

Murphy hit a leadoff shot against reliever Kyuji Fujikawa (1-1). Murphy has homered twice in three games and has an eight-game hitting streak, during which he's batted .469 (15 for 32) with seven extra-base hits.

Manager Terry Collins indicated Murphy might remain in the leadoff spot.

"I feel like I'm taking better swings," Murphy said. "I feel better with my swing. I'm also getting better pitches to hit. When your swing is going good, you feel comfortable at the plate. You just don't miss them. That's kind of where I'm at."

Mets rookie Juan Lagares hit his first major league homer, a tying, two-run drive in the seventh against starter Travis Wood.

"I wish I could have that pitch back," Wood said. "I went with a changeup, was trying to get it down and happened to leave it up. He put a good swing on it and hit it out."

Lagares planned to keep the baseball, which a fan threw back onto the field.

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"When I came here I just tried to keep doing the same thing I was doing in Triple-A," Lagares said. "The key is to keep working hard."

Scott Rice (2-3) pitched two scoreless innings. Bobby Parnell earned his sixth save.

Wood hit his first homer of the season and fourth of his career, clearing the left-field bleachers with a two-run drive off Dillon Gee in the fifth to end a scoreless tie.

"I felt like I located fairly well today, other than a couple pitches that really hurt me," Gee said. "Wood hitting the home run kind of surprised me because I was throwing so many sliders to him. It was like he was sitting on the fastball as soon as it left my hand."

Wood made his ninth straight quality start, allowing three runs and five hits in seven innings. He struck out three and walked two. The last Cubs starter to begin a season with at least nine straight quality starts was Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown in 1908.

"Wood was throwing the ball well today," Murphy said. "He didn't make a whole lot of mistakes. The one that did, Juan did a great job capitalizing on it. It was an awesome first home run."

The Mets cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth on a walk to Gee, a forceout, a wild pitch and an RBI single by David Wright.

The Cubs extended their lead to 3-1 in the bottom half on Ryan Sweeney's leadoff homer. It was his first home run since July 27, 2011, when he played for Oakland.

Gee allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings. He has allowed nine runs in his last nine innings and hasn't won since May 1.

"When he's making his pitches with his changeup, which is his No. 1 pitch anyway, he's effective," Collins said.

Sweeney tried to stretch a leadoff double into a triple in the fourth but was thrown out at third. The Cubs also had leadoff doubles in the first and fifth.

Notes
  • The Cubs announced reliever Michael Bowden will be designated for assignment to make room for RHP Matt Garza, who is coming off the disabled list on Tuesday.
  • Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo struck out in the first inning, ending 39 straight at-bats without a strikeout.
  • Cubs RHP Carlos Villanueva was available. He moved to the bullpen to make room for Garza, who will make his season debut on Tuesday against Pittsburgh. Garza strained a back muscle in spring training. Villanueva (1-3) hasn't won since April 18. He has made 245 of his 309 career appearances as a reliever.
 
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Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy have reason to celebrate after the Mets win their first series in Wrigley since 2007.  (Getty Images)
Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy have reason to celebrate after the Mets win their first series in Wrigley since 2007. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Murphy
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

T. Wood
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 3
BB 2
K 3
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Daniel Murphy, 2B4211012 .300
Justin Turner, 1B4000012 .286
David Wright, 3B4011010 .315
Marlon Byrd, RF3000111 .267
Lucas Duda, LF4010020 .214
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Anthony Recker, C4000012 .158
Ruben Tejada, SS4120001 .219
Juan Lagares, CF3122000 .179
Dillon Gee, P1000101 .067
    Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
   a- Jordany Valdespin, PH1000000 .221
    Scott Rice, P0000000 .000
    Mike Baxter, LF0000000 .232
Totals3247427  
a-grounded out-bunting for G. Burke in the 7th
Batting
2B - Juan Lagares (2, Wood)
HR - Daniel Murphy (4, Fujikawa), Juan Lagares (1, Wood)
RBI - Daniel Murphy (19), David Wright (28), Juan Lagares 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (8), Juan Lagares 2 (2)
CS - Ruben Tejada (1, 2nd base by Marmol/Castillo)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Marlon Byrd 1
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee 5833162 6.04
Greg Burke 1000010 4.91
Scott Rice (W,2-3) 2000010 3.05
Bobby Parnell (S,6) 1000020 0.93
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 96-59, Greg Burke 11-6, Scott Rice 28-18, Bobby Parnell 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 4-4, Scott Rice 4-1, Bobby Parnell 1-0
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 23, Greg Burke 3, Scott Rice 6, Bobby Parnell 3
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, CF4020000 .294
Starlin Castro, SS4000002 .273
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4000032 .275
Ryan Sweeney, LF3121100 .333
Nate Schierholtz, RF4010002 .285
Luis Valbuena, 3B4000021 .257
Welington Castillo, C4120011 .287
Darwin Barney, 2B3000023 .192
   a- Dioner Navarro, PH1000010 .192
Travis Wood, P2112011 .263
   b- Scott Hairston, PH1000000 .122
    Kyuji Fujikawa, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Totals34383110  
a-struck out for Barney in the 9th
b-flied out for Wood in the 7th
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (12, Gee), Ryan Sweeney (3, Gee), Nate Schierholtz (14, Gee), Welington Castillo (10, Gee)
HR - Ryan Sweeney (1, Gee), Travis Wood (1, Gee)
RBI - Ryan Sweeney (1), Travis Wood 2 (3)
SB - David DeJesus (3, 2nd base off Gee/Recker)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Valbuena-Barney-Rizzo
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood 7533231 2.24
Kyuji Fujikawa (L,1-1) 1111021 6.75
Carlos Marmol 1100020 5.06
WP - Travis Wood (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 103-64, Kyuji Fujikawa 22-15, Carlos Marmol 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 9-8
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 27, Kyuji Fujikawa 4, Carlos Marmol 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34258
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Jordan Baker, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez