Mets defeat Dodgers 3-2, advance to face Cubs in NLCS

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LOS ANGELES – Second baseman Daniel Murphy had three hits including the go-ahead homerun to lead the New York Mets  over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series.

Mets play Chicago Cubs in National League Championship Series at 8:07 p.m. Saturday in Queens.

"That was fun," a soaked Murphy said after the game. "It's never easy with the Metropolitans. We're going to be ready for that [Cubs] series but we're going to enjoy this one too though."

New York trailed 2-1 in the decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series when with three infielders on the right side and no one near third, Murphy strolled to second on Lucas Duda's walk and sprinted to third. Travis d'Arnaud followed with a sacrifice fly, and Murphy homered in the sixth.

Mets ace Jacob deGrom struggled to locate his pitches early, giving the Dodgers an early lead in the 1st inning, but didn't allow a single run afterwards.

"I like pitching big games," deGrom, who pitched Games 1 and 5 in Los Angeles said.  "I tried to my best to keep it close."

Manager Terry Collins praised his star pitcher for his solid outing away from home.

"It's unbelievable," Collins said. "He fought, fought and fought and got us six innings."

Noah Syndergaard pitched the seventh, and Jeurys Familia got the first six-out save of his career.

Despite a record $289 million payroll, the Dodgers remained without a World Series title since 1988.

Collins acknowledged the financial advantage, but said his team came ready for business.

"We know that and they have a great team," Collins said. "[When] you come into a five-game series and see [Clayton] Kershaw twice, [Zack] Greinke twice, and you win it, you better enjoy it. That's hard to do."

Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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