NEW YORK (AP) — Starlin Castro hit a tiebreaking homer on the first pitch of the ninth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets 2-1 Sunday.
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta allowed two hits and struck out nine in seven innings. He left with a 1-0 lead following Luis Valbuena’s run-scoring single in the fourth.
Slumping slugger Curtis Granderson tied it with a two-out RBI single off winner Pedro Strop (2-4) in the eighth, snapping an 0 for 17 skid. A diving catch by rookie center fielder Arismendy Alcantara moments earlier prevented more potential damage.
Castro led off the ninth and greeted closer Jenrry Mejia (5-6) with his 13th home run, an opposite-field drive that barely cleared the right-field corner wall.
Hector Rondon got three quick outs for his 17th save.