NEW YORK — Matt Harvey limited Chicago to four hits over 7 2-3 innings, Daniel Murphy and Travis d'Arnaud homered off Jon Lester and the New York Mets beat the Cubs 4-2 Saturday night in the opener of the NL Championship Series.
Harvey allowed two runs and struck out nine, leaving after Kyle Schwarber's 459-foot home run. Jeurys Familia finished for the save, with Murphy making a diving stop at second base for the final out.
Murphy put the Mets ahead in the first, matching a team record by homering in his third straight post-season game. Starlin Castro tied the score in the fifth with an RBI double over centre fielder Juan Lagares, but Curtis Granderson's RBI single gave the Mets a 2-1 lead in the bottom half.
D'Arnaud homered in the sixth, a drive that clanked off the celebratory home run apple behind the centre-field wall, and Granderson made it 4-2 with a seventh-inning sacrifice fly that chased Lester.
Major league wins leader Jake Arrieta starts for the Cubs on Sunday night against rookie Noah Syndergaard.
Mike Fitzpatrick, The Associated Press