Daniel Murphy hit his fifth series circuit and rookie Noah Syndergaard had the upper hand on Jake Arrieta to lead the New York Mets to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
The Mets and took a 2-0 lead in the championship series of the National.
Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson stole a circuit Chris Coghlan in addition to steal two goals and scoring twice. Murphy became the first player since Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 to slam four homers in consecutive playoff games.
The series best of seven games at Wrigley Field is transported Tuesday as the ace of the Mets Jacob deGrom must roll against Kyle Hendricks. The Cubs have to come from behind to win a first league title in 70 years.
Arrieta has granted hits to the first three batters he faced and was removed from the game after five innings – matching his shortest career start.
David Wright gave the Mets the lead with a productive first inning double. Murphy followed with a slap two points.
Having made his first appearance in career points in the fifth game against the Dodgers, Syndergaard has nevertheless launched rapid 99 m / h until the sixth inning when Dexter Fowler hit a single and scored on twice Kris Bryant.
Jon Niese was brought into the game and pulled Anthony Rizzo batters, ending hopes of Cubs come from behind.
Syndergaard allowed three hits and retired nine strikeouts. The fourth rescue Jeurys Familia has ended the match and the Cubs inflicted a second straight loss for the first time since the end of September.