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Murphy makes history as Mets win NL pennant over Cubs

CHICAGO - Thanks to three home runs, including a record-setting blast by Daniel Murphy, the New York Mets clinched a World Series berth with an 8-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

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New York Mets celebrate their victory against the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. USA Today Sports
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CHICAGO – Thanks to three home runs, including a record-setting blast by Daniel Murphy, the New York Mets clinched a World Series berth with an 8-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
The Mets completed a four-game National League Championship Series sweep to seal their fifth World Series berth and first since 2000.
The National League champs will meet either the Royals or the Blue Jays when the Fall Classic opens Tuesday in Kansas City or Toronto.
Murphy clubbed his seventh home run of the postseason – a two-run shot to center in the eighth inning – to set a major league postseason record with homers in six consecutive games. The old mark of five games was set by outfielder Carlos Beltran with the Houston Astros in 2004.
The second baseman, who went 4-for-5 with two runs, was selected the series MVP. Murphy hit .529 (9-for-17) with four homers and six RBIs in the sweep.
New York first baseman Lucas Duda (three hits, five RBIs) and catcher Travis d’Arnaud set the table with back-to-back, first-inning home runs, and Mets right-handed starter Steven Matz allowed one run in a 4 2/3-inning no-decision in front of an announced crowd of 42,227 at Wrigley Field.
Four Mets relievers handled the Cubs the rest of the way, allowing just two more runs.
Right-hander Bartolo Colon (1-0) worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the victory.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer-- his first of the series – with no outs in the eighth off right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard.
Chicago left-hander Jason Hammel (0-1) worked just 1 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on four hits.
The Cubs bowed out after a 97-win regular season, an NL wild-card win over the Pittsburgh Pirates and an NL Division Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Mets sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning while scoring four runs with two outs.
Duda sent a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall for his first postseason homer – a three-run shot that scored right fielder Curtis Granderson and center fielder Yoenis Cespedes.
D’Arnaud then launched a 0-1 pitch to right for his third homer of the playoffs, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead.
Hammel exited, and left-handed reliever Travis Wood entered and gave up a two-out double to Duda that scored third baseman David Wright and Murphy for a 6-0 Mets lead.
Wood worked 1 2/3 innings and was charged with one run and two hits while striking out three and walking one.
Matz escaped a fourth-inning jam after Chicago got its first two hits while loading the bases.
NYM ab r h bi CHC ab r h bi
Grndrsn rf 5 1 1 0 Fowler cf 5 0 1 0
Wright 3b 3 2 0 0 Soler rf 4 2 3 0
Murphy 2b 5 2 4 2 Bryant 3b 3 1 1 2
Cspds cf 1 1 0 0 Rizzo 1b 4 0 1 0
Lagares cf 2 0 0 0 Castro 2b 4 0 0 0
Duda 1b 4 1 3 5 Schwrbr lf 3 0 0 1
d’Arnud c 4 1 1 1 Baez ss 3 0 0 0
Cnfrt lf 2 0 0 0 Rodney rp 0 0 0 0
Colon rp 0 0 0 0 Rondon rp 0 0 0 0
Johnson ph 1 0 0 0 Coghlan ph 1 0 0 0
Reed rp 0 0 0 0 Hammel sp 0 0 0 0
Clipprd rp 0 0 0 0 Wood rp 1 0 0 0
Cuddyer ph 1 0 0 0 Richard rp 0 0 0 0
Familia rp 0 0 0 0 Jackson ph 1 0 0 0
Flores ss 4 0 2 0 Cahill rp 0 0 0 0
Matz sp 2 0 0 0 Strop rp 0 0 0 0
Nuwnhus lf 2 0 0 0 LaStlla ph 2 0 0 0
Ross c 1 0 0 0
Montero ph 1 0 0 0
Totals 36 8 11 8 Totals 33 3 6 3
NY Mets 420 000 020 - 8
Chi. Cubs 000 100 020 - 3
LOB-Chicago 7, New York 9. 2B-Duda 2 (2), Dn.Murphy (2), Soler (3). 3B-W.Flores (1). HR-Bryant (2), Duda (1), Dn.Murphy (7), T.d’Arnaud (3). SB-W.Flores (1), Granderson (4).
IP H R ER BB SO
NY Mets
Matz 4 2-3 4 1 1 2 4
B.Colon W, 1-0 1 1-3 0 0 0 1 1
A.Reed 1 0 0 0 0 1
Clippard 1 2 2 2 0 1
Familia 1 0 0 0 1 1
Chi. Cubs
Hammel L, 0-1 1 1-3 4 5 5 2 1
T.Wood 1 2-3 2 1 1 1 3
Richard 2 1 0 0 0 2
Cahill 1 1 0 0 0 0
Strop 1 1 0 0 1 1
Rodney 1 1 2 2 1 2
H.Rondon 1 1 0 0 0 1
Inherited runners-scored-B.Colon 2-0, T.Wood 1-1. HBP-Conforto (by Hammel), T.d’Arnaud (by Strop).
Umpires-Home, Paul Emmel; First, Eric Cooper; Second, Bill Miller; Third, Mark Wegner.
T-3:32. A-42,227 (42,157)

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