LOS ANGELES — Daniel Murphy stole an uncovered third base and went on to score the tying run, then hit a go-ahead homer off Zack Greinke to lead the Mets over the Dodgers 3-2 Thursday night and into an NL Championship Series matchup with the Cubs.
New York trailed 2-1 in the decisive Game 5 of the Division Series when with three infielders on the right side and no one near third, Murphy strolled to second on Lucas Duda's walk, then sprinted to third. Travis d'Arnaud followed with a sacrifice fly, and Murphy homered in the sixth.
Jacob deGrom allowed runners in all six of his innings but only surrendered two runs. Noah Syndergaard pitched the seventh, and Jeurys Familia got the first six-out save of his career and the first by a Met in a postseason since Jesse Orosco in Game 7 of the 1986 World Series against the Red Sox.
Despite a record $289 million payroll, the Dodgers remained without a World Series title since 1988. L.A. has gone nine postseason appearances without a trip to the World Series, tying the A's and Braves for the all-time mark.
"Tremendous heart,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We've got young guys and veteran guys. I try to stay out of the way. It's been a blast.''
Game 1 of the NLCS is Saturday in New York. The Cubs went 7-0 against the Mets in the regular season, outscoring them 27-11.
Meanwhile, Greinke might have pitched his last game with the Dodgers. He can void the last three years of his contract and become a free agent when the season ends. He would forfeit a guaranteed $71 million but is expected to find a more lucrative deal on the open market.
"If this is Zack's last season with us, I've had a great time playing with him," left-hander Clayton Kershaw said. "Definitely some of the most fun I've ever had watching someone pitch every five days."
Greinke has declined to speak about his impending decision, but Wednesday he reflected on his three seasons in Los Angeles.
"I really can't think of anything not positive to say about the whole experience," he said.
With Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations, the Dodgers have emphasized building for the future and maintaining roster flexibility.
Greinke turns 32 next week but could enter the market as the NL Cy Young Award winner (19-3, 1.66 earned-run average).
NO HARD QUESTIONS: During an in-game interview Thursday, Turner broadcaster Sam Ryan didn't ask Dodgers manager Don Mattingly about his screaming exchange with outfielder Andre Ethier. A Turner camera showed Ethier yelling at Mattingly and waving his arms in the dugout in the bottom of the third. Turner broadcast Mattingly's interview with Ryan in the top of the fourth. Turner spokesman Nate Smeltz said the interview took place moments after the screaming. Asked why Ryan didn't ask about it, Smeltz said: "There was a miscommunication." After Justin Turner led off the inning with a double, Ethier followed with a popup to left. He returned the dugout and began yelling at Mattingly while walking away from him. Mattingly followed, and twice Ethier turned toward Mattingly and yelled at him while gesturing with his arms, pointing twice at the field and twice directly at Mattingly. "He was mad about the ump's call," Mattingly said. "I was trying to settle him down. I didn't want him thrown out of the game, and Andre's pretty emotional."