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Mets Vs. Cubs Final Score: 9th Inning Rally Falls Short As New York Loses 8-7

The New York Mets lost to the Chicago Cubs by a final score of 8-7 Friday night, dropping Game 1 of the three game series. The game went back and forth, but the Mets proved unable to come back from after the Cubs scored five runs in the fifth. They managed a rally in the bottom of the ninth, but came up just short.

Trouble started for Johan Santana early, giving up a leadoff home run to Reed Johnson to start the game. The Mets answered with a run in the second on a Lucas Duda home run and in the third on a Ronny Cedeno double, but Chicago tied it 2-2 in the fourth. The fifth was where things came apart for Santana, starting with singles to the first two batters. Anthony Rizzo took Santana deep, making it 5-2 Cubs. Jeff Baker added a solo home run and after two more singles Luis Valbuena singled in another run, ending Santana's night with the score 7-2 Chicago. The Mets added a run in the sixth and both teams scored in the eighth, leaving it 8-5 in the bottom of the ninth.

Jordany Valdespin started the rally with a solo home run with one out. The Mets then took advantage of Carlos Marmol's struggles, as they took three straight walks to load the bases. A single from Ike Davis knocked in two more runs, leaving the Mets within one, but a Lucas Duda ground into a double play to end the game.

With the loss the Mets drop to 45-39. Game 2 of the three game series is scheduled for Saturday at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Final - 7.6.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago Cubs 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 8 18 1
New York Mets 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 7 9 0
WP: Travis Wood (4 - 3)
LP: Johan Santana (6 - 5)

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