New York Mets defeat Chicago Cubs, 5-2

It had been nearly five years since Francisco Rodriguez had to record five outs to save a game, but that didn't stop Jerry Manuel from asking him to do that Thursday night.

He summoned the closer in the eighth to protect a three-run lead with the bases loaded and one out, and K-Rod did the job while allowing only a sac fly.

Manuel made it sound like the righthander is going to be asked to get four- and five-out saves more often.

"Once he's ready to go he’s shown he c...

NEW YORK -- It rained hard Thursday in New York. Thunder rumbled. The tarp was spread across the Citi Field infield as batting practice was banged for the second straight game.

But all was quiet by game time for the Cubs. Too quiet. Again.

One big tease -- just like the Cubs' lineup on their final night in New York.

The weather couldn't save the Cubs from Johan Santana. And then the lineup couldn't save them from themselves -- squandering scoring chances all night...