New York Mets Slug Their Way to 17-1 Victory, Salvage Series vs. Chicago Cubs

Matt DienstagContributor IIIJune 27, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 27:  Ike Davis #29 of the New York Mets (R) high-fives teammate Daniel Murphy #28 at home plate after Murphy hit a two-run home run scoring Davis during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 27, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.   (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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After sleepwalking their way through the last two games in Chicago, the New York Mets finally awoke on Wednesday with an offensive explosion against the Cubs.

The Mets got enormous production out of veterans David Wright, Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Scott Hairston, who combined for all 17 runs batted in, en route to a 17-1 shellacking of the Cubs to salvage the final game of the series.

After losing their last four games, and again looking like their season was about to spiral out of control, the Mets responded and came out with their best offensive game of the year.

Wright led the team with five RBI on the day, going 2-for-3 with a two-run double, a two-run single and a sacrifice fly. Wright's double in the fifth began a monstrous six-run inning for the Mets that broke the game open.

Davis continued to swing the bat well, going 3-for-5 with four RBI, including a three-run homer in the fifth inning. Davis' batting average finally reached the .200 plateau for the first time this season. Hopefully, Ike can continue to swing the bat well going forward.

After going through his worst slump of the year, Murphy broke out in a big way on Wednesday. He also went 3-for-5 with four RBI on the afternoon, and he finally snapped his homerless streak at 352 at-bats with two deep bombs, including one in the fourth inning and another in the fifth.

Hairston delivered the final blow when he hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to push the Mets' lead to 16-1.

Jon Niese took the hill for the Mets and, once again, turned in a great performance. He pitched seven strong innings, allowing eight hits and just one run. He also struck out six Cubs while lowering his ERA to 3.55 for the season.

The Mets will fly out to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers for a four-game series starting Thursday night. The Dodgers own the best record in the National League (43-33) but have struggled offensively as of late without center fielder Matt Kemp.

The Mets will send out starter Chris Young (1-1, 3.42 ERA) to face one of the league's biggest surprises, Chris Capuano (9-2, 2.60 ERA).