Mets defeat Cubs 4-1 in Game 2, lead NLCS 2-0

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs during game two of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

QUEENS – Daniel Murphy hit his fifth playoff homer and rookie Noah Syndergaard outpitched Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, sending the New York Mets to a 4-1 victory Sunday night and a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.

Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson robbed Chris Coghlan of a homer, stole two bases and scored twice. Murphy became the first player since Tampa Bay slugger Evan Longoria in 2008 to homer in four consecutive postseason games.

The best-of-seven series shifts to Wrigley Field on Tuesday night, with New York ace Jacob deGrom scheduled to pitch against Kyle Hendricks. The wild-card Cubs need a comeback to capture their first pennant in 70 years.

Arrieta gave up hits to his first three batters and was pulled after five innings — matching his shortest start of the year.

Slumping star David Wright put the Mets in front with a hit-and-run double in the first. Murphy followed with a two-run shot.