Jun 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson (36) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs Down Mets In Opener

Edwin Jackson grabbed his second straight win on Friday night in New York that helped the Cubs to a 6-3 victory in the series opener.  Jackson pitched six solid innings, gave up five hits and just one earned run.

James Russell struggled out of the pen in relief, Russell pitched one inning, gave up four hits, and two earned runs.  Russell still is having a good year, his ERA is 2.03.  Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg came in and shut the door on the Mets.  The pair gave up no hits and no runs in their combined two innings pitched.

It was a different story for Shaun Marcum in this one.  Marcum remains winless on the year.  He pitched five and two thirds innings, gave up seven hits, and six earned runs.  The Mets bullpen did a very good job, but it was just to little to late for the Mets after the Cubs beat up on Marcum.

The Cubs offense got it rolling right from the start.  Nate Schierholtz hit a first inning home run to right field that gave the Cubs the early lead.  More action came in the second for the Cubs.  Darwin Barney drove in Anthony Rizzo on a single to center.  Two batters later David DeJesus tripled to right center and drove in three runs making the lead 5-0.  The next Cub run came in the sixth when Luis Valbuena doubled to drive in Anthony Rizzo.  Rizzo had three hits in his four trips.

Met star David Wright had three hits in his three at-bats and drew a walk.  Daniel Murphy had two hits and drove in two runs for the Mets on the night.  Lucas Duda drove in the other run for the Mets and had one hit.

Starlin Castro was bumped back up to the two hole and didn’t have a hit in his four trips.  Castro has struggled recently and his average continues to plummet, it’s now down to .239.

The series will continue tomorrow at Citi Field.  Start time is scheduled for 12:10 CT.  Probable starters are Jon Niese (3-5) for the Mets,  and Scott Feldman (5-5) for the Cubs.  The Cubs will look for their third straight win tomorrow.

Tags: Anthony Rizzo Carlos Marmol Chicago Cubs Daniel Murphy Darwin Barney David Dejesus David Wright Edwin Jackson James Russell Jon Niese Kevin Gregg Lucas Duda Luis Valbuena Nate Schierholtz New York Mets Scott Feldman Shaun Marcum Starlin Castro

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