Daniel Murphy drove in all four Mets runs with three-quarters of a cycle and Mike Pelfrey pitched eight strong innings to lead New York to a 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field Sunday.
Murphy homered into the Pepsi Porch in the fourth inning, drove in Luis Castillo with a single in the fifth and sent Pelfrey and David Wright home in the seventh with a triple over the center fielder Sam Fuld’s head.
Brian Schneider and Angel Pagan each had multi-hit days.
Pelfrey gave up just one run on five hits during his eight-inning gem, losing his no-hitter on the first batter when Fuld singled. It marked no no-hitter No. 7,619 for the Mets, and it was the 1,300th time a leadoff single has killed a potential Mets’ no-no. (Visit our No-hitters killed by first at bat page for more than you wanted to know on these early break-ups.)
Francisco Rodriguez got two outs in the ninth before giving up a walk and a double to make it 4-2, but he retired pinch-hitter Kosuke Fukudome with a grounder to first for his 30th save of the season.
With the win, the Mets won their first series since July.