Jeff McNeil's go-ahead RBI single in the seventh led the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field. >> Box score
5 things to know from Friday's game...
1) Jeff McNeil provided the offense for the Mets as he continues to be one of the few to have an impressive road trip. He went 2-for-5 on Friday, making it four straight multi-hit games for McNeil, and it included a two-run home run to give the Mets the lead in the third and a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh that proved to be the difference in the game.
2) Jason Vargas was not able to give the Mets much length, going just 4.2 innings, but also received no help from his defense. He allowed two unearned runs in the second inning after a J.D. Davis error at third base with one on and one out, but began to struggle in the fifth, allowing a two-run home run to Addison Russell after giving up a base hit to Yu Darvish to lead off the inning.
3) Perhaps the unsung hero of the game was Brooks Pounders. Acquired last week to add help for the bullpen, Pounders entered the game in the fifth to face Javier Baez with a runner on second and two outs and got the slugger to ground out. He then pitched a scoreless sixth inning after the Mets tied the game back up in the top half of the inning.
4) Edwin Diaz, who had a blown save in three of his last nine outings, closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning, including two strikeouts to end the game.
5) Michael Conforto also came through with a big hit for the Mets, blasting a two-out solo home run in the sixth off Darvish to tie the game up at 4 right after the Mets had relinquished the lead the prior inning. He now has 15 home runs on the season.
The Mets send RHP Zack Wheeler (5-5, 4.94) to the mound on Saturday while Cubs LHP Jose Quintana (4-6, 3.87) takes the ball for Chicago on Saturday at 2:20 p.m.