The Mets chipped away, making it a 2-1 game in the sixth, when Ty Wigginton just missed a grand-slam by two feet. He had to settle for a sacrifice fly as Roger Cedeno scampered home.
They tied the game in the ninth off Cubs closer Antonio Alfonseca, with Joe McEwing, who had pinch-run for Wigginton, scoring on a Timo Perez double play. Then they went into extra innings, with pitchers on both teams working out of jams in each inning, until the Mets luck took hold in the 12th.
Notes-The Mets used seven pitchers in the game. Grant Roberts, who had been disabled most of the year, got the win.
-The Montreal Expos begin a three-game series Friday. John Thomson (9,12-4.72 E.R.A.) will start for the Mets while Tony Armas Jr (10-12, 4.58 E.R.A.) will start for the Expos.