- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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How it happened: The Cubs scored six times in the 11th inning, including an RBI single from Carlos Pena and two-RBI doubles from Alfonso Soriano and Darwin Barney. The Mets scored twice in the bottom half on a home run from Jason Pridie, but couldn’t complete the rally. After an emotional pregame 9/11 tribute, Cubs manager Mike Quade started his first full-blown version of a kiddie-corps lineup. The only veterans to start were Pena and catcher Koyie Hill. The Cubs got instant results in the first inning as Bryan LaHair doubled and Pena tripled to give Matt Garza an early lead. Former Cub Angel Pagan's RBI single tied the game up in the bottom half of the inning. Tyler Colvin singled with the bases loaded in the third to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead and had an RBI triple to score LaHair in the fifth. Great defensive plays by Colvin and Barney kept Garza in the game as he allowed the Mets to score twice in the sixth.
What it means: The Cubs won the series, taking 2-of-3 from the Mets. The Cubs blew a Garza lead for the seventh time this season.
Outside the box: Starlin Castro and Tony Campana gave the Cubs their first pair with 20-plus stolen bases apiece since 1997. … Mets players were told by Major League Baseball they could not wear NYPD or FDNY caps to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9-11. They did wear the hats in pregame workouts and on the bench. MLB VP Joe Torre said the players weren’t allowed to wear the hats on the field due to the fact that all 30 major league teams had special commemorative hats and uniforms for Sunday’s games.
Rapid Reaction: The Cubs scored six runs in the 11th inning to beat the Mets.