WHAT IT MEANS: Juan Lagares belted his first major league homer -- a game-tying two-run shot in the seventh against Travis Wood -- and Daniel Murphy gave the Mets the lead an inning later with a solo homer against Kyuji Fujikawa as the Mets rallied for a 4-3 rubber-game victory against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
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The Mets went 3-4 on their trip to St. Louis and Chicago.
Murphy had been installed in the leadoff spot for the first time since 2009. He went 1-for-4 Sunday and 14-for-28 on the trip.
FRIED RICE: Scott Rice earned the win in his 25th appearance in 41 Mets games. This time, he logged two innings, retiring all six batters he faced.
Bobby Parnell then handled the ninth for his sixth save.
GOLLY GEE: The opposing pitcher hurt the Mets with his bat again. Wood belted a two-run homer to left field to break a scoreless tie in the fifth. It marked the second straight day a Cubs pitcher helped undermine the Mets. Scott Feldman had a two-run double in a four-run fourth Saturday that helped sidetrack Jeremy Hefner's outing.
Gee's final line: 5-plus IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR.
He surrendered a leadoff homer to Ryan Sweeney in the sixth that staked Chicago to a 3-1 lead.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Mets return home to begin a challenging 10-game stretch against the Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves and Yankees. Shaun Marcum (0-4, 6.75 ERA) searches for his first Mets win Monday when he opposes Johnny Cueto (1-0, 2.60) in the Reds right-hander's return from the disabled list.