Chicago Cubs defeat New York Mets, 5-2

CHICAGO - Brian Stokes' career-high scoreless-inning streak came to an end Friday.

Pat Misch's winless streak in the majors continued as a result.

Stokes, who had tossed 12 2/3 straight scoreless innings, took the mound with a one-run lead in the eighth. He gave up an RBI single to Aramis Ramirez, then a three-run homer to Alfonso Soriano on a two-strike slider as the Cubs rallied to beat the Mets, 5-2, at Wrigley Field.

Making his first Mets start with Oliver Perez ...