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Tied up in Wild Card
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Cubs 9, Mets 6
Carlos Delgado (No. 21) celebrates his third-inning grand slam. (Kathy Willens/AP)
The Mets had chances in the eighth and ninth innings to beat the Cubs, but were foiled each time out and lost in the 10th when Luis Ayala couldn't preserve the tie. With the loss, the Mets are now tied with the Brewers for the NL Wild Card lead.
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Series at a glance:
CHC
Chi Cubs (96-61)
Won 1
Chi Cubs 9, NY Mets 6   NYM
NY Mets (87-71)
Lost 1
September 24, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   R   H   E 
Chi Cubs
0 1 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 3   9 15 0
NY Mets
0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   6 8 1
Standings thru 9/24/08  |  Recap: CHC | NYM  |  Gameday  |  Cubs stats  |  Mets stats
Chi Cubs AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Soriano, A, LF 5 0 2 1 1 1 0 .285
  Pie, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .247
Theriot, SS 6 2 3 0 0 0 3 .304
Lee, D, 1B 3 2 1 1 3 0 2 .293
Ramirez, Ar, 3B 3 2 2 2 3 1 1 .289
DeRosa, RF 3 1 2 3 0 0 3 .285
  1-Fukudome, PR-RF 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 .260
Johnson, R, CF-LF 5 0 2 1 0 3 0 .308
Cedeno, R, 2B 5 1 0 0 0 1 2 .269
Blanco, H, C 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 .289
  a-Hoffpauir, M, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333
  Hart, K, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Samardzija, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Edmonds, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .235
  Howry, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Wood, K, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Zambrano, P 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .341
  Cotts, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Ward, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .219
  Hill, K, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .154
Totals 43 9 15 8 7 8 19  

a-Singled for Blanco, H in the 7th. b-Popped out for Cotts in the 7th. c-Struck out for Samardzija in the 9th.
1-Ran for DeRosa in the 5th.

BATTING
2B: DeRosa (30, Perez, O), Soriano, A (27, Stokes), Lee, D (41, Ayala).
HR: DeRosa (21, 2nd inning off Perez, O, 0 on, 0 out), Ramirez, Ar (27, 10th inning off Ayala, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Ramirez, Ar 5; DeRosa 6; Hoffpauir, M; Theriot 3; Johnson, R 2; Lee, D 2; Soriano, A 3; Blanco, H 2.
RBI: DeRosa 3 (87), Johnson, R (50), Soriano, A (75), Lee, D (90), Ramirez, Ar 2 (111).
2-out RBI: Soriano, A; Lee, D; Ramirez, Ar 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: DeRosa 2; Zambrano; Fukudome; Theriot 2.
GIDP: Theriot, Fukudome.
Team RISP: 5-for-11.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
SB: Theriot (22, 2nd base off Ayala/Castro, R).

FIELDING
DP: (Lee, D).

 
NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reyes, SS 5 1 1 0 1 1 4 .300
Murphy, Dn, LF 4 1 1 0 1 1 3 .339
Wright, D, 3B 4 1 1 1 1 2 2 .300
Delgado, 1B 4 2 2 4 1 0 2 .274
Beltran, CF 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 .280
Church, RF 5 0 0 0 0 2 6 .277
Schneider, C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .257
  b-Evans, N, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .262
  Castro, R, C 2 0 0 0 0 1 5 .245
Reyes, Ar, 2B 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 .218
  Stokes, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
  Parnell, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Chavez, En, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .269
  Ayala, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  d-Castillo, L, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .245
Perez, O, P 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .109
  Sanchez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Anderson, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .215
  Smith, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Rincon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Martinez, R, 2B 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 .333
Totals 37 6 8 6 9 9 25  

a-Walked for Sanchez in the 5th. b-Struck out for Schneider in the 6th. c-Intentionally walked for Parnell in the 8th. d-Grounded out for Ayala in the 10th.

BATTING
2B: Martinez, R (1, Hart, K), Delgado (32, Samardzija).
3B: Murphy, Dn (3, Howry).
HR: Delgado (38, 3rd inning off Zambrano, 3 on, 2 out).
TB: Wright, D; Martinez, R 2; Reyes; Delgado 6; Reyes, Ar; Beltran; Murphy, Dn 3.
RBI: Wright, D (123), Delgado 4 (114), Martinez, R (1).
2-out RBI: Wright, D; Delgado 4; Martinez, R.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Delgado; Reyes, Ar; Wright, D; Reyes 2; Castro, R 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-14.
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING
SB: Beltran 3 (24, 2nd base off Cotts/Blanco, H, 3rd base off Cotts/Blanco, H, 2nd base off Samardzija/Hill, K).

FIELDING
E: Murphy, Dn (1, fielding).
DP: 2 (Reyes-Delgado, Martinez, R-Reyes-Delgado).

 
Chi Cubs IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Zambrano 4.2 3 5 5 4 2 1 3.91
Cotts 1.1 0 0 0 1 3 0 3.97
Hart, K (H, 1) 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6.84
Samardzija (BS, 3) 1.0 2 1 1 2 1 0 2.33
Howry (W, 7-4) 1.0 1 0 0 2 2 0 5.19
Wood, K (S, 34) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.31
 
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Perez, O 4.1 6 5 5 5 6 1 4.25
Sanchez 0.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 4.32
Smith, J 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.67
Rincon 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.45
Stokes 1.0 3 1 1 0 0 0 3.48
Parnell 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.93
Ayala (L, 2-10) 2.0 3 3 3 0 2 1 5.69

Game Scores: Zambrano 36, Perez, O 32.
IBB: Chavez, En (by Samardzija), Delgado (by Howry), Beltran (by Howry).
Pitches-strikes: Zambrano 87-50, Cotts 27-18, Hart, K 17-10, Samardzija 27-15, Howry 26-12, Wood, K 17-12, Perez, O 105-58, Sanchez 17-10, Smith, J 18-11, Rincon 4-3, Stokes 13-10, Parnell 12-5, Ayala 37-25.
Groundouts-flyouts: Zambrano 5-4, Cotts 0-1, Hart, K 0-1, Samardzija 2-0, Howry 1-0, Wood, K 1-1, Perez, O 2-2, Sanchez 1-0, Smith, J 1-0, Rincon 0-0, Stokes 2-0, Parnell 2-0, Ayala 3-0.
Batters faced: Zambrano 21, Cotts 5, Hart, K 4, Samardzija 7, Howry 6, Wood, K 3, Perez, O 23, Sanchez 4, Smith, J 4, Rincon 1, Stokes 6, Parnell 3, Ayala 9.
Inherited runners-scored: Cotts 2-0, Sanchez 2-2, Rincon 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Jim Wolf. 1B: Jerry Layne. 2B: Randy Marsh. 3B: Phil Cuzzi.
Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, In from LF.
T: 4:04.
Att: 54,416.
Venue: Shea Stadium.
September 24, 2008
September 24, 2008

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