Daniel Murphy homers to give Mets an early NLCS lead over the Cubs

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Following a perfect, nine-pitch top of the first inning by starter Matt Harvey, Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy gave his team a 1-0 lead over the Cubs when he drilled a Jon Lester breaking ball for a no-doubt solo home run with two outs in the bottom half.

Murphy has now gone yard four times in the playoffs this year, including in each of his last three games. His home run in the sixth inning of Game 5 of the NLDS was the deciding factor as the Mets clinched the series against the Dodgers.

Murphy, 30, is eligible for free agency after the post-season.

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Update:  Here’s video of the homer.

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Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.