NEW YORK — The Cubs went for their first sweep in New York since 1991, with Matt Garza facing the Mets in the series finale Sunday. Garza did his part, but the game got away in the ninth.
Carlos Marmol took a 3-0 lead into the final inning, but gave up a pair of home runs, including a walk-off, three-run shot by Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
Alfonso Soriano‘s RBI single off Jeremy Hefner in the first gave the Cubs a quick lead, and they added two in the fifth when the Mets committed two errors and made three overthrows on one play.
Garza shut out the Mets on three hits over seven innings.
Or else they can just keep Garza and try to re-sign him after the season.
“Any quality starting pitcher, you hate ever losing him,” manager Dale Sveum said. “Anybody you build a rotation around, you don’t want to lose. That’s the bottom line. Starting pitching in this division alone is far and above anything else, one through five.
“It used to be one or two guys on a staff. Now you’re dealing with staffs that have three or four guys with two-plus earned-run averages.That’s hard to find.”
Luis Valbuena led off for the first time, replacing the injured David DeJesus.