CHICAGO (Reuters) - The New York Mets snapped a 2-2 tie on a wild-pitch strikeout on the way to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, putting them one win away from the World Series.
The victory, keyed by the strong pitching of Jacob deGrom, gave New York a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series, a margin overcome only once in Major League Baseball - by the Red Sox over the Yankees in 2004.
The do-or-die Game Four for the Cubs will be played in Chicago on Wednesday.
Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes dashed home from third when Michael Conforto swung at and missed a breaking ball in the dirt from reliever Trevor Cahill in the sixth inning.
The ball bounced past Cubs catcher Miguel Montero, leaving both New York players safe.
The Mets added two more runs in the seventh, aided by loose fielding that led to an infield hit when Kris Bryant had trouble taking the ball from his mitt, and a single for Cespedes when his line shot glanced off outfielder Kyle Schwarber's glove.
New York's Daniel Murphy added another home run to his remarkable stats sheet. It was his fifth postseason game in a row with a homer and sixth overall.
Cubs rookies Jorge Soler and Schwarber also homered. It was Schwarber's fifth home run of the playoffs.
(Writing by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Peter Rutherford)