Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/27/12

CHICAGO -- Daniel Murphy hit two home runs as the New York Mets avoided a sweep by pounding the Chicago Cubs 17-1 Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

The Mets scored three runs in the fourth inning and six each in the fifth and sixth to snap a four-game losing streak.

Daniel Murphy hit two home runs, and Scott Hairston highlighted the sixth inning with a grand slam.

The Mets (40-36) did most of their damage against Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (5-6), who has not won since May 29. Samardzija gave up six hits and nine runs in 4.1 innings as his ERA rose from 4.34 to 5.05.

Chicago reliever Casey Coleman fared no better. He gave up six hits and seven runs in 1 2/3 innings. The Cubs, who were trying to sweep their second series of the year, fell to 26-49.

Left-hander Jonathon Niese started for the Mets and worked seven innings, allowing eight hits and one run.

The Mets scored a run without a hit in the first inning. Andres Torres led off with a walk, stole second base and went to third on Ruben Tejada's groundout. Torres scored on a sacrifice fly by David Wright.

After the Cubs tied the game in the second, Murphy hit his first home run of the season in the fourth, capping a three-run inning.

New York batted around in the fifth, with Wright hitting a two-run double and Ike Davis blasting a three-run homer, his 10th of the season to chase Samardzija from the game.

The Mets sent 10 men to the plate in the sixth, picking up five hits.

NOTES: The Cubs designated right-handed pitcher Randy Wells for assignment and recalled reliever Rafael Dolis from Class AAA Iowa. Wells endured a rough start Tuesday night, lasting only three innings and giving up six hits and three runs while walking four. "The command and the walks still are a major issue that he's got to get better at," said Cubs manager Dale Sveum. "Those things are killing him." ... Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who started Tuesday night, got the day off Wednesday as he entered the day mired in a 3-for-26 slump ... Wright, who had a 15-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday, has reached base in 24 of the 25 games he has played in June. Wright drew his 580th career walk Tuesday, tying him with Darryl Strawberry for the most in team history.

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