Mets ride Harvey, Murphy to 1-0 NLCS lead

The New York Mets grabbed a 1-0 series lead over the Chicago Cubs thanks to some terrific pitching from Matt Harvey and more clutch hitting from Daniel Murphy.

Matt Harvey looked like a man on a mission. 

The last time the Mets ace stepped to the mound, he surrendered three runs in the first inning and created angst and uneasiness for the Citi Field faithful. This time, facing a powerful Cubs lineup, Harvey was nearly lights out tossing 7 2/3 innings allowing four hits, two runs and striking out nine batters. 

Second baseman Daniel Murphy continued his hot streak, launching a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning to get the Amazin's on the board early. 

Harvey carried the 1-0 advantage into the fifth inning before Cubs second baseman Starlin Castro laced a double over center fielder Juan Lagares' head to even the score. 

Jorge Soler then stepped to the plate and ripped a shot to left fielder Yoenis Cespedes who fired a strike to homeplate to gun down Castro and prevent the go-ahead run from scoring.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Curtis Granderson hit a single to center field to chase home Lagares to make it 2-1 Mets. 

Catcher Travis d'Arnaud would join the scoring parade in the sixth as he rocketed a ball into the Home Run Apple to expand the lead to 3-1.

Granderson would then hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to score Lagares as the Amazin's lead balooned to 4-1. 

Harvey allowed a majestic long ball off the bat of Kyle Schwarber to trim the lead to 4-2 with two outs in the eighth inning.

Closer Jeurys Familia entered the game for the four out save and closed the door on the Cubs.

New York jumped out to a 1-0 series lead and will play Game 2 on Sunday night back at Citi Field.

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