NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 11:32 PM
Daniel Murphy strikes again, homering for the fifth consecutive game.
CHICAGO — The Mets are one win away. Daniel Murphy homered, of course, Jacob deGrom battled and the Mets beat the Cubs 5-2 at Wrigley Field in Game 3 of the NLCS Tuesday night.
The win gave the Mets a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven-games series. They are one win away from returning to the World Series for the first time since 2000.
Murphy homered in his fifth straight game for a franchise-high six career postseason home runs and brought in another with his legs in the Mets’ two-run seventh. He has nine RBI in eight postseason games to continue his historic October.
DeGrom clearly didn’t have his fastball command again Tuesday night, but just like in the NLDS clinching game, the right-hander battled, settled in and gave the Mets’ offense a chance to win it. He allowed two runs — both on home runs — on four hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
After a rocky first inning, Jacob deGrom settles in and strikes out seven and retires the final 11 batters he faces.
After giving up three hits in the first, deGrom retired 17 of the last 19 batters he faced.
Murphy, the 30-year old who is basically on the hot-streak of his life, powered a balanced offense Tuesday night. He went 2-for-5 with a home run and a single. Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-4 with two RBI and scored another on a wild pitch in the sixth. David Wright went 3-for-4 in his first multiple-hit game of the postseason, scoring twice.
Murphy’s solo shot in the third inning had given the Mets a 2-1 lead and put him in the record books.
Joe Maddon’s squad faces the tall task of overcoming an 0-3 deficit in the NLCS.
Murphy’s five straight games with a home run ties Carlos Beltran’s MLB record mark in 2004 with Houston and with his shot to center field Tuesday night, he took the franchise record from Mike Piazza for most postseason home runs by a Met.
In his first ever postseason Murphy has quickly put himself in some pretty impressive company. With six postseason home runs he is tied with Alex Rodriguez, Evan Longoria, Ken Griffey Jr., Lenny Dykstra and Bernie Williams for the seventh most home runs in a postseason. Murphy got to six playoff homers in just 32 plate appearances.
The MLB record for postseason home runs is eight, held by Barry Bonds in 2002, Nelson Cruz in 2011 and Beltran in 2004.
He currently leads all major leaguers with postseason home runs this year and has now tied Chase Utley’s record for home runs hit in a single postseason by a second baseman.
Mets manager Terry Collins argues after a ball stuck in the ivy costs them a run.
He beat out Kris Bryant’s throw for a single in the seventh and scored one of the Mets’ insurance runs.
Cespedes had just scored the go-ahead run on a third strike, wild pitch the inning before when he stole third and Michael Conforto swung and missed on a pitch that got away from catcher Miguel Montero. Cespedes scored on that opportunity and Conforto took first.
That was the only run the Mets would get in the sixth, when they lost a run in the infamous Wrigley ivy.
With Conforto on first, Wilmer Flores’ sinking liner got past Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler’s glove. He landed face first and the ball rolled to the wall, into the ivy. Conforto raced home and was a step away from home plate when center fielder Dexter Fowler, who rushed over to cover Soler, signaled for a ground-rule double.
The Mets take the lead on a wild pitch after Michael Conforto strikes out which should’ve ended the inning.
According to the Wrigley Field ground rules any ball that is entangled in the outfield walls ivy is awarded a ground-rule double, unless the defensive team throws it in there. Despite a very heated argument from Mets manager Terry Collins, the umpires called Conforto back to third and sent Flores back to second. The Cubs got out of the inning with deGrom’s fly out to left.
The Mets ace had given up the 1-0 lead that Cespedes had given him with an RBI-double in the first half of the inning. Cubs rookie slugger Kyle Schwarber crushed a high fastball into the left-field bleachers. He gave up two, two-out singles in the first before getting out of the inning with the game tied.
The only other hit deGrom gave up all night, was a solo home run to Soler in the fourth. He retired the last 11 batters he faced.