Originally written 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 ...
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