Murphy homers again, Mets sweep Cubs to reach World Series

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CHICAGO (AP) -- One final, charmed swing by Daniel Murphy, and the New York Mets finished a playoff sweep of the Chicago Cubs.

A new generation of Amazins is heading to the World Series.

Murphy homered for a record sixth consecutive postseason game and the Mets brushed aside the Cubs 8-3 Wednesday night, capping a National League Championship Series in which New York never trailed.

Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the second, silencing a sellout crowd of 42,227 at Wrigley Field desperately hoping for the beginning of an epic comeback in Game 4.

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Not this time. Not with New York's array of power arms, and Murphy swinging a hot stick that made him the MVP of the matchup.

Manager Terry Collins' team advanced to the World Series for the first time since they lost to the crosstown Yankees in five games in 2000. They will face Toronto or Kansas City in Game 1 on Tuesday night - the Royals lead 3-2 in the ALCS.

The Cubs, meanwhile, still haven't won the crown since 1908. Manager Joe Maddon's wild-card bunch surged into this series, but was overmatched.

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New York Mets' Jeurys Familia and catcher Travis d'Arnaud celebrate after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets celebrates with manager Terry Collins #10 after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against Pedro Strop #46 of the Chicago Cubs during game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
The New York Mets celebrate after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New York Mets' Jeurys Familia celebrates after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep Championship Series. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets celebrates after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The New York Mets celebrate after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
The New York Mets celebrate after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: The New York Mets dugout rushes the field to celebrate with his team after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Jeurys Familia #27, Kelly Johnson #55 and Travis d'Arnaud #7 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Daniel Murphy #28 and Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: The New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: New York Mets fans celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: The New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs and his teammates wave to the crowd after being defeated by the New York Mets in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: The National League Championship Series MVP Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets speaks to the media during a press conference after Game 4 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: New York Mets fans cheer after game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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When Dexter Fowler looked at a called third strike for the final out, Jeurys Familia dropped to his knees in front of the mound and then hopped up for a hug from catcher Travis d'Arnaud. They were soon joined by the rest of their jubilant teammates in the infield grass at Wrigley Field.

A small, but vocal group of New York fans behind the visiting dugout then chanted "Let's go, Mets! Let's go, Mets!"

Right when it looked as if his historic streak was coming to an end, Murphy connected for a two-run drive to center against Fernando Rodney in the eighth inning. The second baseman raised his right arm as he rounded first after his seventh homer of the playoffs.

Murphy, who was tied with Carlos Beltran for the postseason homer streak, finished with four hits and batted .529 (9 for 17).


Duda doubled twice and d'Arnaud also homered for New York, and Bartolo Colon pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for his first playoff win since 2001, for Cleveland at Seattle. The 14 years, 12 days between postseason victories for the 42-year-old right-hander snapped the major league record of exactly 14 years for Milt Wilcox, according to STATS.

Colon, who made 31 starts this season, replaced rookie Steven Matz with two out in the fifth and runners on first and second. He struck out Kris Bryant swinging on a 3-2 pitch, preserving New York's 6-1 lead.

Bryant hit a two-run homer in the eighth, but it was way too late for Chicago in its first appearance in the NLCS in 12 years. The Cubs shut out Pittsburgh in the wild-card game and eliminated rival St. Louis in the division series, but were unable to mount much of a challenge against the Mets' talented pitching staff.

The Cubs also loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth, and only came away with one run on Kyle Schwarber's grounder to first. Starlin Castro lined right to third baseman David Wright on a hard smash for the first out.

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New York Mets' Daniel Murphy hits a home run off Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester during the first inning of Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
New York Mets' Daniel Murphy (28) is congratulated by teammate Travis d'Arnaud after hitting a home run during the first inning of Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New York Mets' Travis d'Arnaud is out at second as Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez (9) turns a double play on ball hit by Michael Cuddyer during the second inning of Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud tags out Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro at home during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in New York. Castro tried to score from second on a hit by Javier Baez. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo is hit in the hand as he slides safely back to first in front of New York Mets' Lucas Duda on a pick off attempt during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Mets' Juan Lagares (12) and Curtis Granderson (3) celebrate after Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in New York. The Mets won 4-2 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets throws a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs during game two of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets steals third base in the third inning against Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs during game two of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs' Chris Coghlan makes a leaping catch of a ball hit by New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes during the sixth inning of Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series against the New York Mets Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets celebrates his RBI double to score Curtis Granderson #3 in the first inning against Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs during game two of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets catches a pop up fly hit by Chris Coghlan #8 of the Chicago Cubs in the second inning against Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets during game two of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
New York Mets' Daniel Murphy (28) reacts after teammate Curtis Granderson caught a ball hit by Chicago Cubs' Chris Coghlan (8) at the wall during the second inning of Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets celebrates the final out with Daniel Murphy #28 after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game two of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 4 to 1. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs' Jorge Soler hits a home run during the fourth inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom throws during the first inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
New York Mets' Daniel Murphy hits a home run during the third inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) and Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber watch Schwarber's home run during the first inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber hits a home run during the first inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
New York Mets' Curtis Granderson (3) and Yoenis Cespedes celebrate after Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 5-2 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom throws during the first inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New York Mets' Daniel Murphy reacts after scoring during the seventh inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Chicago. Murphy scored from third on a ball hit by Lucas Duda. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New York Mets' Curtis Granderson steals second with Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro covering during the first inning of Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
New York Mets' Lucas Duda hits a three-run home run during the first inning of Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New York Mets' Daniel Murphy runs to second for a double during the seventh inning of Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro pauses during a break in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the New York Mets Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Jeurys Familia #27 and Travis d'Arnaud #7 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
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