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Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Nate Schierholtz drove in the winning run in
the  ninth inning to help the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 win over the New York Mets
in the opener of a three-game series.

With  Scott  Rice (1-2)  on the  mound, Anthony  Rizzo led  off with a single.
Starlin Castro then hit a grounder to third that David Wright had trouble with
and only got the out at first.

Luis  Valbuena  then struck out and  Rice had Schierholtz facing an 0-2 count,
but  Schierholtz  smacked a single into  right and Rizzo easily scored for the
victory.

"There's  nothing like  it," Schierholtz said of his game-winner. "It's pretty
fun."

Chris  Coghlan  tied the game  in the  eighth inning with  a solo home run and
Hector  Rondon (1-1)  grabbed the win for tossing a scoreless ninth inning for
the Cubs, who had lost four of five coming in.

Curtis  Granderson went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Matt den Dekker added two hits
and  a run scored  for the Mets, who came into the series having taken four of
five from the Phillies.

Chicago  starter Jake Arrieta pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up a run on seven
hits.  Zack  Wheeler tossed 6  2/3 scoreless innings  for New York and allowed
just two hits and two walks along with seven strikeouts.

The  Mets got on board in the first as den Dekker led off with a single, stole
second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Granderson's sac fly.

The Cubs did not get a man to second until the eighth when Coghlan led off the
frame with his first homer of the year. Emilio Bonifacio singled with two outs
later  in  the frame and stole  second, but Junior  Lake struck out to end the
inning.

New  York  left men on second  and third in the  second, and came away with no
runs in the third after loading the bases with no outs. Chris Young hit into a
1-2  fielder's choice, Lucas Duda popped out to short, and Wilmer Flores lined
out back to the mound.

"In  the  third inning we let  some runs get away  from us and it came back to
bite  us," said New York manager Terry Collins. "We left too many guys on base
tonight.

The  Mets  went just 1-for-9 with  runners in scoring position and stranded 10
men on base.

                                   Game Notes

These  teams split  six games  last season  ... Before  the contest,  the Cubs
activated Rondon from the paternity list, selected the contract of catcher Eli
Whiteside  from Triple-A  Iowa (PCL), placed catcher Welington Castillo on the
15-day disabled list and designated pitcher Jose Veras for assignment.

 
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