Indianapolis Star
Major League Baseball
NY Mets 5, Chi. Cubs 4
When: 2:20 PM ET, Friday, June 21, 2019
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Temperature: 67°
Umpires: Home - Larry Vanover, 1B - Alfonso Marquez, 2B - Daniel Bellino, 3B - David Rackley
Attendance: 41078

Jeff McNeil starred at the plate and in the field Friday afternoon for the New York Mets, hitting a home run and later adding a go-ahead RBI single before making a key defensive play to end the eighth inning of the Mets' 5-4 victory over the host Chicago Cubs.

The Mets ended a two-game losing streak and won for just the second time in six games. The Cubs had their two-game winning streak snapped as they lost for the seventh time in 11 games.

The two-hit game was the fourth straight multi-hit effort for McNeil, who has 47 multi-hit games in his first 125 big league games - the most ever by a Mets player in that game span.

McNeil, who was a second baseman in the minor leagues before being moved to left field following the December acquisition of Robinson Cano, made his first career start in right field Friday but saved his best defensive play after moving back to left.

With two outs and Anthony Rizzo at first, Willson Contreras blooped a single to left. McNeil let the ball drop in front of him and faked out Rizzo, who was caught in an inning-ending rundown.

The defensive gem helped preserve a win for Brooks Pounders (1-0), who tossed 1 1/3 perfect innings in relief of starter Jason Vargas. Seth Lugo threw two scoreless innings before Edwin Diaz earned his 16th save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

McNeil's RBI single off Mike Montgomery in the seventh provided the fourth and final lead change.

The Mets went up 1-0 on a run-scoring double play in the first by Dominic Smith. The Cubs scored twice in the second on an RBI groundout by Albert Almora Jr. and a run-scoring single by pitcher Yu Darvish.

McNeil (third inning) and Addison Russell (fifth inning) traded two-run homers before Michael Conforto tied the game for the Mets with a solo homer in the sixth.

Brad Brach (3-2) took the loss for the Cubs after allowing a run in two-thirds of an inning.

Vargas allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three over 4 2/3 innings. Darvish allowed four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings. It was the 10th straight no-decision for Darvish, tying the big league record.

In 15 starts on the season, Darvish has a 2-3 record.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
NY Mets   Chi. Cubs
Jason Vargas Player Yu Darvish
No Decision W/L No Decision
4.2 IP 6.0
3 Strikeouts 6
4 Hits 4
3.86 ERA 6.00
Hitting
NY Mets   Chi. Cubs
Jeff McNeil Player Yu Darvish
2 Hits 2
3 RBI 1
1 HR 0
5 TB 2
.400 Avg 1.000
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
NY Mets 7 2 14 .212 11 11 4 4 0 2
Chi. Cubs 6 1 10 .182 8 6 4 2 2 1