Not even 19-game winner Zack Greinke could keep the Mets from staying on a collision course with the Cubs in the NLCS.
The Dodgers starter was touched up for three runs over 6 2/3 innings and was outdueled by Jacob deGrom who labored through six innings surrendering just two runs. DeGrom clearly did not have his best stuff on Thursday night, but he battled throughout to strand 11 runners in scoring position in Game 5.
Daniel Murphy played the role of hero, driving a double in the first inning to plate Curtis Granderson, stealing third base in the fourth inning to score the tying run and launching a solo homer down the right field line for the winning run.
What a trifecta for the Amazin's second baseman, who singlehandedly carried a lineup that was facing a true juggernaut in Greinke.
Manager Terry Collins elected to use starter Noah Syndergaard in the seventh inning as a bridge to Jeurys Familia and it paid off.
Syndergaard retired the side in the seventh; striking out two batters and preserving the Mets slim one-run lead.
Familia entered the game in the bottom of the eighth inning for the six out save and didn't disappoint.
New York's closer turned away pinch hitters Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley in the ninth before striking out Howie Kendrick to seal the victory.
The Mets mobbed Familia on the mound as deGrom, Murphy and the rest of the Amazin's celebrated an improbable and dramactic victory in a do-or-die Game 5.
For the eighth time in franchise history, the Mets reached the NLCS and take on Chicago at Citi Field on Saturday night.