Mets take commanding 3-0 NLCS lead over Cubs

The New York Mets asserted their dominance over the Chicago Cubs with another impressive showing, this time in the Windy City.

The Mets took their high wire act on the road to Wrigley Field on Tuesday night and they didn't miss a beat. New York knocked off Chicago 4-2 to take a commanding 3-0 edge in the NLCS. 

Yoenis Cespedes got the party started early with an RBI double in the first inning to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead. Jacob deGrom struggled to find his command in the first inning allowing three hits including a solo shot to left fielder Kyle Schwarber. 

New York's ace settled in and allowed just one more hit, a solo home run to Jorge Soler in the fourth inning. In total deGrom put in seven innings of work and struck out seven batters to earn his thrid straight win of the postseason. 

The Mets were able to rattle Cubs stater Kyle Hendricks early and often touching him up for two runs and five hits in just four innings. Daniel Murphy set a new franchise playoff record with his sixth home run in only his eighth playoff game. 

The Mets jumped in front yet again when with two outs in the sixth inning, Cespedes elected to swipe third base and slide safely under the tag. Rookie Michael Conforto struck out on a breaking ball from Trevor Cahill, but the ball skipped past catcher Miguel Montero for a wild pitch and Cespedes scored the Mets third run.

In the seventh inning Cespedes came to the plate with runners on the corners and ripped a shot to Schwarber who misjudged the ball and allowed Wright to score. Lucas Duda followed Cespedes' single with a ground out to first and Murphy slide in under Montero's tag to score the Mets fifth and final run..

The bullpen combination of Tyler Clippard in the eighth and Jeurys Familia in the ninth silenced the Cubs bats and pushed the Amazin's to within one-game of a World Series berth.

New York will play Chicago on Wednesday night with a chance to punch its ticket to the Fall Classic for the first time since 2000.  


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