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Mets down Cubs, take Game 1 of NLCS (w/ video)

NEW YORK — Matt Harvey, Daniel Murphy and the Mets have a mind to make some history of their own, the kind that would break Cubs hearts one more time.

Harvey delivered the big-game performance he has been pining for, Murphy took his latest star turn on the October stage, and the Mets beat the Cubs 4-2 Saturday night in their NL Championship Series opener.

After eliminating rival St. Louis and streaking into New York with 12 wins in 13 games, the power-hitting Cubs and their young sluggers were stopped cold on a chilly night at Citi Field. Trying to end a championship drought that dates to 1908, they remained four wins from winning their first pennant in seven decades.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven set is tonight, with Cubs ace Jake Arrieta facing rookie Noah Syndergaard.

Harvey pitched into the eighth for the first time in more than two months, brushing aside all the hoopla last month about his innings limit. Jeurys Familia got four outs for his third playoff save.

New York is looking to reach the World Series for the first time in 15 years, the longest absence in franchise history but one the Cubs and all their pained, loyal followers would certainly scoff at.

The Mets, meanwhile, ended another drought — they went 0-7 against the Cubs during the regular season.

Murphy connected off losing pitcher Jon Lester for his fourth homer of the postseason and made a diving play at second base for the final out of the game. Travis d'Arnaud homered off the giant, red Mets apple in straightaway center field, and Curtis Granderson drove in two runs.

Kyle Schwarber was the only one of the Cubs' rookie boppers who showed off his power, hitting a mammoth homer that chased Harvey with two outs in the eighth and cut the Mets lead to 4-2.

Murphy finished off the Dodgers in the deciding game of their Division Series with an all-around offensive performance that inspired a "Mr. October" nod in a tweet from the New York original, Reggie Jackson.

Two nights later, the free-agent-to-be was at it again, getting the Mets off to a rollicking start in their first NLCS since 2006.

Murphy, who set a career high this season with 14 homers, launched another one into the second deck in rightfield. By taking Clayton Kershaw (twice), Zack Greinke and Lester deep, the second baseman has tagged $517 million worth of pitchers in these playoffs.

Matt Harvey of the Mets reacts after closing out the top of the seventh against the Cubs during Game 1 of the National League Championship Series at Citi Field on Saturday night.

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Matt Harvey of the Mets reacts after closing out the top of the seventh against the Cubs during Game 1 of the National League Championship Series at Citi Field on Saturday night.

Mets down Cubs, take Game 1 of NLCS (w/ video) 10/17/15 [Last modified: Sunday, October 18, 2015 1:06am]
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