10/17/2015 23:09 EDT | Updated 10/17/2016 01:12 EDT

Harvey, Murphy and d'Arnaud lead Mets over Cubs 4-2 in NL Championship Series opener

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

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