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CHICAGO -- Daniel Murphy and Juan Lagares each hit late-inning home runs to help lead the New York Mets to a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday afternoon.

The Mets took two of three from the Cubs, winning their first series at Wrigley Field since 2007 and only their third in Chicago since 1996.

Murphy lined an eighth-inning homer to right field -- his lone hit of the day -- to break a 3-3 tie. One inning earlier, Lagares had a two-run shot to left -- his first Major League homer - against Cubs starter Travis Wood to tie the game 3-3.

Neither Wood nor Mets starter Dillon Gee figured in the decisions.

Scott Rice (2-3) picked up the victory after two innings of relief while Bobby Parnell earned his sixth save. Kyuji Fujikawa (1-1) worked one inning while giving up the homer to Murphy and took the loss.

Wood was the latest Cub pitcher to show off hitting skills, clubbing a fifth-inning home run for a 2-0 lead. It was the fourth of his career and first of the season.

Wood took Gee's 1-0 pitch and launched a towering shot to the back of the left field bleachers, scoring Welington Castillo after Castillo had reached on a lead-off double.

On Saturday, Cubs right-hander Scott Feldman doubled in two runs in the fourth inning, helping Chicago to an 8-2 victory.

The Mets got one run back in the sixth when David Wright singled home Murphy from second with two out. Murphy had reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to scoring position on Wood's wild pitch.

Cubs left fielder Ryan Sweeney replied in the sixth with a solo home run to right -- his first of the season -- to restore a two-run lead.

Nate Schierholtz followed with a double, and the Mets pulled Gee in favor of right-hander Greg Burke. In five innings, Gee gave up three earned runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out six.

Lagares tied the game with two out in the seventh with a shot to left that also scored Ruben Tejada.

Wood didn't return for the eighth after giving up eight hits and three earned runs. He struck out three and walked a pair.

Tejada went 2-for-4 while Lagares was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

David DeJesus, Sweeney and Castillo each had two hits for the Cubs.

The teams had only five hits between them through four scoreless innings.

Next for New York is a Monday night game at Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark, with right-hander Shaun Marcum still searching for his first win. He's 0-4 in five starts.

Chicago has Monday off before opening a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. Matt Garza makes his first start of the season after spending the season's first six weeks on the disabled list with a left lat strain.

NOTES: The Cubs hit the road Tuesday for an eight-game road trip that includes two games in Chicago against the crosstown White Sox. From May 27-June 13, the Cubs will play 14 of 16 games in Chicago. ... Feldman has four RBIs in his last four pitching appearances, joining Carlos Zambrano as the only Cubs hurlers in the last 15 seasons to go 3-0 while driving in at least four runs over four games, according Elias Sports Bureau. ... The Cubs and Mets meet again on June 14-16 for a three-game series at Citi Field. Chicago has won each of its last two season series against the Mets, going 4-2 in 2011 and 2012. ... The Mets announced Sunday that third baseman Wright has one more hit for the season. On May 16 in St. Louis, an official scorer ruled Wright hit into a fielder's choice in the ninth inning. Major League Baseball changed it to a hit following a review. ... Wright was hitting .429 (15-for-25) with runners in scoring position entering Sunday, the seventh-best mark in the National League. ... Matt Harvey is fifth in the league with a 1.55 ERA and second in strikeouts with 68.
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