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Friday, May 17, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Mets 3, Cubs 2

By Jesse Rogers

CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 3-2 loss to the New York Mets on Friday:

How it happened: Edwin Jackson gave up the go-ahead single to pitcher Matt Harvey in the seventh with two outs and a man on second. Scoring came early for both teams as the Cubs had three consecutive hits and an error to tally twice in the bottom of the first. Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano all reached with Rizzo scoring on a bad throw by Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. David Wright gave the Mets a shot-lived lead with a solo home run in the top of the inning. Daniel Murphy tied the game in the fourth with a solo shot as well. Harvey wasn't sharp early but settled down to pitch 7 1/3 innings while Jackson wasn't bad either but made a bad pitch to Harvey when he really needed to make a good one.

What it means: The Cubs have actually battled well against some of the best pitchers in the National League lately but not much happened after the first inning on Friday and two runs proved not to be enough. On the positive side, Jackson seems to be slowly recovering from a bad start to the season. He kept the Cubs in the game against one of the better pitchers in the league as his fastball showed movement keeping the Mets off-balance. Still, he continues to come up just short in dropping to 1-6 on the year.

Key play: With one out and the heart of the Cubs lineup coming up in the eighth, third-base coach David Bell sent Darwin Barney home from second on a base hit to right by David DeJesus. Former Cub Marlon Byrd nailed Barney at the plate easily with a perfect throw.

Outside the box: Rizzo went four at-bats without striking out extending a streak to 35. That ties J.J Hardy of the Baltimore Orioles for longest active streak.

What's next: The three-game series continues on Saturday when Scott Feldman faces Jeremy Hefner at 12:05 p.m. CT.