Mets strike first, take early 3-0 lead over the Cubs in NLCS Game 2

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The Mets had a 3-0 lead before Cubs starter Jake Arrieta was able to record an out in the bottom of the first inning of NLCS Game 2. Curtis Granderson ripped a line drive single through the shift on the right side, and David Wright then smoked a double to right-center field. Granderson scored easily.

The run was the first Arrieta had allowed in the first inning in his last 26 starts. But the Mets weren’t done. Daniel Murphy snuck a line drive just inside the foul pole down the right field line for a two-run home run, his fifth long ball of the post-season, setting a new Mets record.

Arrieta was able to get Yoenis Cespedes to pop up foul near first base, then struck out Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud to end the frame. Noah Syndergaard will head back to the mound with a three-run lead.

If there’s a bright side for the Cubs, they’ll have eight turns at bat to try and make up the deficit.