Cubs 2, Mets 1

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New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia walked Chris Coghlan with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, giving the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 victory Wednesday night.

Entering in a tie game with the bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the ninth, Familia struck out Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler but then walked left fielder Coghlan on five pitches to force in the winning run. First baseman Anthony Rizzo singled to lead off the ninth and was replaced by pinch runner Matt Szczur. Shortstop Starlin Castro set up the winning run with a base hit to left that sent Szczur to third. Mets right-handed reliever Carlos Torres then intentionally walked Cubs catcher Miguel Montero to load the bases before departing.

Hector Rondon (2-0) worked one inning for the win. Torres (1-2) took the loss after working one inning and giving up two runs and four hits. The victory was the Cubs third straight in a four-game series that concludes Thursday. The National League-East leading Mets have dropped three in a row.

Mets right-handed starter Matt Harvey left after seven innings with a 1-0 lead but without a decision in a duel with Cubs right-handed starter Jason Hammel.

The Cubs forced a 1-1 tie against Torres in the eighth when center fielder Dexter Fowler singled home second baseman Addison Russell from second with two outs.

The Mets scored in the sixth for their first lead in the series. Right fielder Curtis Granderson came home from third when left fielder Michael Cuddyer grounded out to third.Granderson singled to right center to lead off the inning and reached third on third baseman Daniel Murphy’s double to left.

The Cubs had second baseman Addison Russell at third with two outs in the sixth but failed to bring him home after Castro grounded to second to end the inning.

Harvey worked seven innings. Hammel was pulled for a pinch hitter in the eighth. The Cubs right-hander gave up one run and five hits, struck out six and walked one.

The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the first inning. Hammel walked one batter, gave up a single and hit another with a pitch, but shortstop Wilmer Flores flied out to left and Hammel struck out catcher Kevin Plawecki to escape unscathed. Hammel settled down after that and faced the minimum of 12 batters between the second and fifth innings.

Harvey gave up just one hit into the fourth before the Cubs mounted their first threat. Third baseman Kris Bryant beat out an infield single with one out and Rizzo reached after he was hit by a pitch. But Harvey got out of the inning after Castro popped up to first and Montero popped to short right.

NOTES: Mets manager Terry Collins has a pretty good track record on challenges this season. Before Wednesday, he had been successful on 10 of 13, including nine in a row. … The Mets have lost six straight at Wrigley Field, the longest streak since 2003-04. The 1984-85 teams had a record nine straight losses. … Left-handers go head-to-head in Thursday’s series finale as the Mets’ Jonathon Niese (3-2, 1.95 ERA) faces the Cubs’ Travis Wood (2-2, 4.96). … Cubs rookie 3B Kris Bryant had drawn 20 walks in 24 games coming into Wednesday, tied for seventh in the National League. He was also fourth in the league with a 4.33 average in pitches per plate appearance. … The Cubs are 9-6 in one-run games. … Chicago LHP James Russell needed two appearances to tie Willie Hernandez for most in franchise history by a left-hander. … The Cubs have 10 more home games in May, including three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals.