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Updated: May 19, 2013 7:39PM



Cubs pitching continues to do well.

Cubs hitting continues to struggle with men in scoring position.

The team went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position Sunday, stranding five in a 4-3 loss to the New York Mets.

The only hit in that category came from starting pitcher Travis Wood, who homered with Welington Castillo on second for a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning.

It was Wood’s first homer of the season and second by a Cubs pitcher this season. Wood pitched well enough in seven innings to post his ninth consecutive quality start. That hasn’t been accomplished since 1908 by Mordecai Brown.

But Wood allowed three runs, two of them on a two-run homer by Juan Lagares (first) in the seventh that tied the score at 3-3. The Mets took the lead in the eighth on a solo home run by Daniel Murphy off Kyuji Fujikawa (1-1).

Ryan Sweeney, who was called out at third base on a close play trying to stretch a double in the fourth, hit his first homer for the Cubs leading off the sixth.

The victory went to Scott Rice in relief (2-3). Bobby Parnell worked the ninth for his sixth save.

The Mets took the rubber game of the three-game series. The Cubs finished the homestand 3-3.



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