CHICAGO – New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy homered for the fifth consecutive postseason game, matching the major league record, as the New York Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-2 in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.
The Mets lead the series 3-0 and can win the NL pennant Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
Murphy drove a 2-1 pitch from Cubs righthander Kyle Hendricks into the bleachers in right-center with two outs in the third inning.
Murphy's tiebreaking solo shot was his sixth homer this postseason, breaking Mike Piazza's franchise career record.
The Cubs' Kyle Schwarber belted his fifth home run of this postseason in the first inning off New York's Jacob DeGrom, a franchise record for Chicago.
Matz getting ready
Steven Matz made only six major league starts before his foray into the playoffs this season, so he had never been to Wrigley Field before the Mets traveled to Chicago for the NLCS this week.
He and fellow Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom took it upon themselves to tour the ballpark Monday, including going atop the famed scoreboard.
"I just think of how old it is," Matz said. "So we just wanted to check it out and soak it in as much as we can."
In Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday night, the Cubs will be getting a first look at Matz, a lefthander.
The 24-year-old rookie went 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA and 34 strikeouts in his six regular-season appearances in a season slowed by a partly torn back muscle. He then gave up three earned runs in five innings in his only playoff start, a Game 4 loss to the Dodgers.
"This guy's got plus stuff," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's got a plus fastball. He's going to be 94 to 97. He's got a plus curveball. He's got a good changeup. Now it's a matter of going out there every five days through the course of the season. Next year it's going to be a matter of making sure he stays healthy. . If this guy runs out there 28 to 30 times, he's going to win some ballgames for you."