Mets clobber Cubs to avoid sweep

4:13 PM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
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Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field and the Mets took full advantage, clubbing the Cubs 17-1 and avoiding a three-game sweep.

Daniel Murphy hit his first two home runs since July 16, 2011 and Scott Hairston crushed his second career grand slam for the Mets, who snapped a season-high four-game losing streak.

Ike Davis picked up three extra-base hits and knocked in four runs and David Wright drove in five more.

Jonathan Niese (6-3) held the Cubs to one run on eight hits and a walk in seven innings. The left-hander also struck out six.

After a stellar May in which he posted a 2.48 earned run average, Jeff Samardzija (5-7) has struggled mightily in June. Samardzija gave up nine runs in 4 1/3 innings. He allowed six hits and walked four. In his last four starts, the Notre Dame product has given up 25 runs in 18 1/3 innings.

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