NEW YORK -- The Chicago Cubs rallied with two runs in the ninth inning to beat the New York Mets, 6-5, yesterday, but the real damage already had been done.
The Mets lost to the Cubs after finding out that the Pittsburgh Pirates had clinched the National League East title.
"I would have liked to have won this one," Mets manager Bud Harrelson said. "But after the Pirates won it, it seemed less significant."
The Pirates' 2-0 victory was posted on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth. Trailing, 5-4, the Cubs scored twice off John Franco (5-3) on Derrick May's RBI single and an error by shortstop Howard Johnson.