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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 64 - Cubs (3) at Mets (4) - Byrd sets the tone, Nieuwenhuis' walk-off 3-run HR the difference

Chi. Cubs (28-39)100020000371
N.Y. Mets (25-39)«000000004462

W: B. Parnell (5-3) L: C. Marmol (2-4)
HR: CHC - None   NYM - M. Byrd (11),K. Nieuwenhuis (1)


Kirk Nieuwenhuis smacked the game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the New York Mets steal a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the finale of a three-game set at Citi Field.

The Cubs dominated most of the contest thanks to a superb outing from starter Matt Garza. However, holding a 3-0 advantage heading into the bottom half of the final frame, the Cubs sent Carlos Marmol (2-4) to the hill and stuck with the righty even after allowing Marlon Byrd to open the action with a solo shot and issuing a walk to Lucas Duda.

John Buck's single moved Duda to second before Omar Quintanilla's sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third. That's when Nieuwenhuis cranked Marmol's fastball offering over the right-field wall for the difference maker.

Bobby Parnell (5-3) picked up the unlikely win after tossing a 1-2-3 top of the ninth for the Mets, who had lost three straight and six of seven coming in.

Alfonso Soriano drove in one run for the Cubs, who scored two runs in the fifth off two errors on the same play. Garza allowed a mere three hits over seven scoreless frames to go along with five strikeouts.

Chicago, which was looking for its first sweep versus the Mets since 2004, had a three-game winning streak come to an end.

Mets starter Jeremy Hefner lasted five innings and allowed three runs -- one earned -- on six hits, but New York failed to muster any type of offense for him.

The Cubs jumped on Hefner early in the first, as Luis Valbuena and Starlin Castro opened up the game with consecutive singles. After Nate Schierholtz grounded into a fielder's choice, advancing Valbuena to third, Soriano came through with a single to left to make it 1-0.

Chicago added two more runs in the fifth thanks to Castro and Schierholtz reaching with two outs on a single and a walk, respectively. The Mets then handed the visitors the runs. Soriano hit a slow chopper to third, David Wright overshot first base, and Daniel Murphy, who collected Wright's miscue, fired home past Buck for another error, allowing both runs to cross home for a 3-0 Cubs lead.

Game Notes

New York improved to 14-23 at home this season ... The Mets had lost 11 of Hefner's 12 starts this season coming in ... The last time New York trailed by three or more runs in the ninth inning and found victory came on Sept. 22, 2011 versus St. Louis ... It was Marmol's third blown save of the season.

Box Score:

Luis Valbuena 3B412000001.244
Starlin Castro SS412000000.241
Nate Schierholtz RF311000010.296
Alfonso Soriano LF401100002.257
  Carlos Marmol P000000000.000
Anthony Rizzo 1B400000001.245
Dioner Navarro C400000001.263
Ryan Sweeney CF400000000.319
Darwin Barney 2B401000001.214
Matt Garza P300000001.100
  James Russell P000000000.000
  Julio Borbon PH-LF100000000.218
Jordany Valdespin 2B400000000.207
Daniel Murphy 1B300000011.281
David Wright 3B401010000.297
Marlon Byrd RF411100101.253
Lucas Duda LF211010011.226
John Buck C412000001.223
Omar Quintanilla SS300000000.241
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF311300111.125
Jeremy Hefner P100000000.000
  Justin Turner PH100000000.266
  Carlos Torres P000000000.000
  Josh Satin PH100000001.000
  David Aardsma P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000

E_S.Castro, D.Murphy, D.Wright. LOB_Chicago Cubs 6, NY Mets 6. 2B_D.Wright, L.Duda. HR_K.Nieuwenhuis (1) off C.Marmol, M.Byrd (11) off C.Marmol. S_O.Quintanilla. GIDP_O.Quintanilla. DP_Chicago Cubs 1 (A.Rizzo and S.Castro).

Matt Garza7.0300250107-644.98
James Russell (H 9)1.000001013-91.95
Carlos Marmol (L 2-4;B 3)0.134410219-106.08
Jeremy Hefner5.063115087-563.96
Carlos Torres2.010001026-180.00
David Aardsma1.000001010-91.93
Bobby Parnell (W 5-3)0.00000006-32.93

HBP_by M.Garza (L.Duda).
T_2:51. A_30256.
Umpires_Home,Lance Barrett; First, Lance Barksdale; Second, Gary Cederstrom; Third, Vic Carapazza.

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