Mets beat Cubs, one win away from World Series
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The New York Mets snapped a 2-2 tie on a wild-pitch strikeout on the way to beating the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Tuesday, putting them one win away from the World Series.
The victory, keyed by the strong pitching of Jacob deGrom and another home run by Daniel Murphy, gave New York a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
That margin has been overcome only once in Major League Baseball - by the Red Sox over the Yankees in 2004.
The do-or-die Game Four for the Cubs will be played in Chicago on Wednesday. One more loss and their quest to end a 70-year absence from the World Series will end.
"The Mets have just pitched exceptionally well," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon. "You've got to give them credit."
DeGrom yielded four hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts and a walk, and retired his last 11 batters. Relievers Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia went the last two innings as rain began to fall in Chicago.
Home runs set the tone at Wrigley Field, with Murphy improving his remarkable stats sheet with a third-inning blast to center. It was his record-tying fifth postseason game in a row with a homer.
"I've watched a lot of baseball over the years and I don't think I've seen anybody put on this kind of a show on this stage like he has done so far," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Murphy, who hit a career-high 14 homers this season.
"The question is, who is this guy? He's been unbelievable. Hopefully he just keeps it up for a few more games." Continued...