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Murphy, Mets sweep Cubs in NLCS for trip to World Series

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CHICAGO– Second baseman Daniel Murphy continued his record-breaking home run hitting streak to lead the Mets past the Cubs to earn their first trip to the World Series since 2000.

The Mets drove the nail in the coffin Wednesday night, beating the Cubs 8-3 in Game 4 of the National League Conference Series and booking a date with either the Kansas City Royals or Toronto Blue Jays, who play Game 6 on Friday, for the championship pennant.

Murphy drilled in his seventh home run of the postseason in the 8th inning, becoming the first player in the major leagues to homer for six straight games. He was named the NLCS MVP moments after the final out.

First baseman Lucas Duda broke out of his playoff slump, hitting a 3-run homer off Cubs pitcher Jason Hamel with two outs and a full count in the first inning. Catcher Travis D'Arnaud followed with a solo home run of his own, giving the Amazin's an early 4-0 lead. Duda also doubled in the second, bringing in two more runs and forcing a short throwing stint for Hamel.

Slugger Yoenis Cespedes left in the second inning due to shoulder soreness.

Long Island native Steven Matz allowed one run in five innings pitched.

Game 1 of the World Series is scheduled for Tuesday night.