Found July 07, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
NEW YORK -- The Citi Field crowd was silenced as quickly as it had stirred, with Lucas Duda's liner landing in the mitt of Chicago Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol, who quickly threw to first for a game-ending double play. Just like that, the New York Mets fell 8-7 to the Cubs a moment after sparking an adrenaline-filled sense of deja vu. One night after a ninth-inning rally beat the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets scrambled back in a game they once trailed by five, scoring three runs in the ninth. The late charge threatened to upstage Cubs' sensation Anthony Rizzo, who homered, drove in three runs and had his first career four-hit game, and Reed Johnson, who added four hits of his own for Chicago. Trailing 8-4 in the ninth, the Mets got a lead off home run from Jordany Valdespin. Pinch hitter Ike Davis then followed three straight walks with a two-run single to pull the Mets within a run with one out. But Marmol snared Duda's liner and doubled up Davis at first to ...

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