Mets beat Cubs in National League championship opener

Sun Oct 18, 2015 1:13am EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mets starter Matt Harvey retired the first 12 batters on the way to a masterful 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the chilly opener of the National League Championship Series on Saturday.

Harvey shut down the power-hitting Cubs on four hits over 7-2/3 innings with nine strikeouts and was followed to the mound by closer Jeurys Familia, who registered the last four outs for the save.

"He pitched a great game," Mets manager Terry Collins said of his starter, who is on the comeback trail this season following a lost year due to elbow surgery.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Harvey leaned heavily on his secondary pitches on a cold, windy night that had the sell-out Citi Field crowd dressed in winter jackets and many of the players in balaclavas to keep warm.

"He was outstanding," said Maddon. "Give him credit. His stuff is always good, but the command was outrageous tonight."

The win gave New York a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven that determines the National League representative in the World Series and pits two teams starved for a shot at the title.

Chicago is trying to reach a first World Series in 70 years and win the Major League title after a 107-year wait since their 1908 triumph. The Mets last won the Fall Classic 29 years ago.


New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) is relieved by manager Terry Collins in the 8th inning against the Chicago Cubs in game one of the NLCS at Citi Field. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports