NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson joined the 300-home run club in a timely fashion.
Granderson led off the eighth by launching a tiebreaking homer for No. 300 of his career, and Lucas Duda added a three-run homer in the five-run inning to lift the Mets to a 9-4 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday night and take the series.
New York was able to rally despite an abbreviated outing by starter Matt Harvey, who gave up three home runs in four innings, as well as the loss of Neil Walker to a leg injury.
Granderson hits 300th career homer in Mets 9-4 win over Cubs
With the game tied at 4 in the eighth, Granderson drove a 2-2 curveball from Carl Edwards Jr. into the right-field seats for his seventh homer of the season. The veteran outfielder joins eight other active players who have 300 or more homers. With two on and one out against Hector Rondon, Duda hit his 12th home run.
The Cubs continued their own home run derby as Anthony Rizzo and rookie Ian Happ hit back-to-back homers in the first against Harvey, who then retired nine in a row. Jon Jay singled with one out in the fourth and Kyle Schwarber followed with a monster shot, sending the ball a Statcast-projected 467 feet to right-center and over the Shea Bridge for a 4-1 lead.
Schwarber's homer was the second-longest homer by a Cubs player this season, trailing only his 470-foot shot on May 23 at Wrigley Field against the Giants.
The Mets rallied and tied the game at 4 with two outs in the sixth on Juan Lagares' RBI triple over diving center fielder Albert Almora Jr., driving in Granderson, who had walked.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Back to back: For the second straight day, Rizzo led off for the Cubs. And for the second straight day, he ambushed the starting pitcher. Rizzo launched the first pitch from Harvey to center field for his 15th home run, and Happ followed with his seventh home run, and second in as many days. Happ -- who hit his first grand slam on Tuesday, one of five Cubs homers that night -- sent Harvey's seventh pitch to right-center field. Rizzo is the first player with leadoff home runs in each of his two career starts at leadoff since Didi Gregorius did so with the D-backs, June 4 and June 6, 2014.
Pitching in: The Mets scored their first run in the second on a fielding error by third baseman Kris Bryant. In the fourth, the Mets loaded the bases with one out, and Harvey was lifted for pinch-hitter and fellow pitcher Steven Matz, who hit an infield single to shortstop Javier Baez, driving in one run. Lagares followed with a sacrifice fly to pull the Mets to within 4-3. It was Matz's first pinch-hit appearance and his first RBI of the season.
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