The Mets received a stellar pitching performance from Matt Harvey and jumped out to the early lead in the NLCS with a 4-2 victory over the Cubs Saturday night in Citi Field.
Harvey allowed two runs over 7.2 innings but just as importantly, he established dominance early, as he struck out five of the first nine batters he faced. He was cruising until the fifth inning, when he hit a batter and seemed temporarily rattled. But despite two hits, a walk, a HBP and a SB, Chicago was able to score just one run. Harvey did not allow another run until his last batter, when he served up a solo homer to Kyle Schwarber
Jeurys Familia was brought on for a four-out save. He allowed his first baserunner and later first hit of the postseason but nailed down the win to earn his third save of the 2015 playoffs.
Daniel Murphy continued his clutch hitting with a solo homer in the bottom of the first. Curtis Granderson continued his clutch hitting with an RBI single to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Travis d’Arnaud hit a frozen rope to straight away CF to give the Mets a two-run lead. Juan Lagares manufactured a run for the Mets’ final run, stealing a base and scoring on a SF by Granderson.
And just for kicks, Murphy ended the game with a diving stop and got up to throw the runner out at first base.