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Mets ace too tough
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Mets 6, Cubs 2
Reed Johnson was one of only two Cubs with more than one hit on Tuesday. (Kathy Willens/AP)
Sean Marshall was dominant until the fifth, when the Mets broke through for a pair of runs. Chad Gaudin allowed New York to take the lead with four runs in the sixth, which was more than enough for Johan Santana. The Cubs were blanked after Reed Johnson's RBI single in the third.
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Series at a glance:
CHC
Chi Cubs (95-61)
Lost 1
NY Mets 6, Chi Cubs 2   NYM
NY Mets (87-70)
Won 1
September 23, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Chi Cubs
0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 9 1
NY Mets
0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 X   6 9 0
Standings thru 9/23/08  |  Recap: CHC | NYM  |  Gameday  |  Cubs stats  |  Mets stats
Chi Cubs AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Soriano, A, LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .283
  Guzman, A, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Hill, K, PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
  c-Fontenot, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .287
Cedeno, R, SS 4 1 1 0 0 2 0 .276
  d-Ward, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .221
Lee, D, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .292
Johnson, R, CF 3 0 2 1 1 0 1 .306
DeRosa, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .283
McGehee, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 .231
Fukudome, RF 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 .261
Blanco, H, C 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .279
Marshall, S, P 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 .333
  Gaudin, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Hart, K, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Hoffpauir, M, PH-LF 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .321
Totals 36 2 9 2 2 10 16  

a-Struck out for Hart, K in the 7th. b-Batted for Guzman, A in the 9th. c-Grounded out for Hill, K in the 9th. d-Popped out for Cedeno, R in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Lee, D (40, Santana, J), McGehee (1, Santana, J), Fukudome (25, Santana, J), Cedeno, R (12, Santana, J).
TB: McGehee 2; Cedeno, R 2; Hoffpauir, M; Johnson, R 2; Fukudome 3; Lee, D 2; Blanco, H.
RBI: Fukudome (56), Johnson, R (49).
2-out RBI: Johnson, R.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Johnson, R; Marshall, S; McGehee; Ward 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
E: Gaudin (5, throw).

 
NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reyes, SS 4 0 2 3 1 1 2 .300
Castillo, L, 2B 4 0 0 0 1 1 4 .246
Wright, D, 3B 4 0 2 2 1 1 3 .300
Beltran, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 .280
Delgado, 1B 3 1 1 0 1 2 3 .273
Castro, R, C 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .248
Church, RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .281
Evans, N, LF 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .264
  a-Murphy, Dn, PH-LF 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 .342
  Chavez, En, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .269
Santana, J, P 3 2 1 0 0 1 3 .147
  b-Reyes, Ar, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .215
  Feliciano, P, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Ayala, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 33 6 9 5 5 11 24  

a-Singled for Evans, N in the 6th. b-Struck out for Santana, J in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Delgado (31, Gaudin).
3B: Reyes (19, Hart, K).
TB: Santana, J; Wright, D 2; Church; Castro, R; Reyes 4; Delgado 2; Murphy, Dn.
RBI: Wright, D 2 (122), Reyes 3 (67).
2-out RBI: Wright, D 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Delgado; Beltran; Wright, D 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-13.
Team LOB: 9.

 
Chi Cubs IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Marshall, S 5.0 4 2 2 2 7 0 3.62
Gaudin (L, 9-5) 0.1 4 4 4 0 0 0 4.23
Hart, K 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 7.13
Guzman, A 2.0 0 0 0 3 3 0 7.04
 
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Santana, J (W, 15-7) 8.0 7 2 2 2 10 0 2.64
Feliciano, P 0.1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4.08
Ayala (S, 9) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.47

Game Scores: Marshall, S , Santana, J .
HBP: Evans, N (by Marshall, S).
Pitches-strikes: Marshall, S 71-46, Gaudin 16-12, Hart, K 9-6, Guzman, A 33-17, Santana, J 125-86, Feliciano, P 13-7, Ayala 6-5.
Groundouts-flyouts: Marshall, S 2-3, Gaudin 1-0, Hart, K 1-0, Guzman, A 1-0, Santana, J 3-8, Feliciano, P 0-0, Ayala 1-0.
Batters faced: Marshall, S 22, Gaudin 5, Hart, K 3, Guzman, A 9, Santana, J 33, Feliciano, P 3, Ayala 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Hart, K 3-3, Ayala 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Phil Cuzzi. 1B: Jim Wolf. 2B: Jerry Layne. 3B: Randy Marsh.
Weather: 65 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:47.
Att: 50,615.
Venue: Shea Stadium.
September 23, 2008
September 23, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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