New York Mets defeat Chicago Cubs, 6-2

Not that there are many alternatives, but Jerry Manuel already had stressed that Bobby Parnell was not pitching to keep his spot in the Mets' threadbare starting rotation Friday night.

Maybe that was the key.

Parnell rebounded from a terrible performance last week in Chicago - and three straight poor starts overall - with seven shutout innings before the Mets busted out with five runs in the eighth for a 6-2 win over the Cubs at Citi Field.

Parnell had been tagged...