May 19, 2013: Lagares and Murphy Slug Cubs

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Date: May 19, 2013
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 4
Cubs: 3
Winning pitcher: Scott Rice
Key player(s): Juan Lagares, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Lagares’s and Murphy’s home runs

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Juan Lagares and Daniel Murphy hit home runs to lift the Mets to a 4-3 win over Chicago.

Dillon Gee and the Cubs’ Travis Wood each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. Wood set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth and a double by Welington Castillo began the bottom half. Darwin Barney was called out on strikes and Wood homered for a 2-0 Chicago lead. David DeJesus hit a single and stole second base. Starlin Castro was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Lagares. Gee then struck out Anthony Rizzo to end the inning.

Gee drew a walk to lead off the top of the sixth. Murphy hit a force play grounder to second baseman Barney and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Justin Turner was struck out and David Wright singled to drive home Murphy. Wood got Marlon Byrd to hit an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Ryan Sweeney, who slugged a home run against Gee to open the bottom half. Nate Schierholtz doubled and Mets’ reliever Greg Burke got Luis Valbuena to fly out to Lagares. Burke then fanned Castillo and retired Barney on a fly ball to left fielder Lucas Duda that finished off the inning.

Ruben Tejada got a two-out single in the top of the seventh. Lagares followed with his first major league homer to tie the game at 3-3. Wood got pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin on a grounder to third baseman Valbuena to end the inning and Mets’ reliever Scott Rice pitched a perfect bottom half. Leading off the top of the eighth, Murphy homered against the Cubs’ Kyuji Fujikawa to put the Mets ahead by a run. Fujikawa retired Turner on a fly ball to right fielder Schierholtz and fanned both Wright and Byrd to close out the inning. Rice then set down all three batters in the bottom half.

Chicago’s Carlos Marmol hurled a scoreless top of the ninth. For the Mets, reliever Bobby Parnell struck out Valbuena to start the bottom half. Castillo grounded out to second baseman Murphy. Parnell then fanned pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a comeback victory on a pair of late home runs.