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Castro's ninth-inning home run lifts Cubs over Mets, 2-1

--The summary: The Cubs defeated the Mets 2-1 Sunday at Citi Field in New York, snapping a three-game losing streak behind Jake Arrieta's seven innings of two-hit ball and an opposite-field home run by Starlin Castro that snapped a 1-1 tie in the ninth. The Cubs overcame a game-tying single in the eighth by Curtis Granderson that snapped an 0-for-17 slump.

--At the plate: Javier Baez drew his first major league walk in the fourth and scored on a two-out single by Luis Valbuena, who had been hitless in his last 11 at-bats.

--On the mound: Arrieta displayed more use of a sharp-breaking curve to earn several of his nine strikeouts.

--In the field: First baseman Anthony Rizzo committed a throwing error but was bailed out when Castro and Baez teamed up for an inning-ending double play in the third.

--The number: 1. Career go-ahead home runs by Castro in the ninth inning or later.

--The quote: Rookie outfielder Matt Szczur: "I felt if it was my first time up and hadn't been to big league camp, I would have been a lot more nervous. I remember the first time I went to big league camp, my legs were shaking. I felt very comfortable, and we're in mid- to late season."

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