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“I just wanted to try and pick up my teammates,” Castro said. “I tried to be aggressive at the plate and get those runs back for (Jackson).”

The Mets stretched the lead to 4-2 in the fourth when Ruben Tejada drilled a 2-0 pitch from Jackson for a solo homer. The Mets had a chance to tack on runs in the fifth after loading the bases with two out, but Anthony Recker popped out to first base.

The Cubs then pushed across three runs in the bottom of the inning for a 5-4 lead. With one out, Emilio Bonifacio singled and Justin Ruggiano walked. That was all for Matsuzaka as left-hander Eveland came on to face Rizzo, who promptly singled to load the bases. Castro followed with a single to center to drive in two runs and tie the score.

One out later, Chris Coghlan walked to load the bases and right-hander Jeurys Familia came on to face Mike Olt. Familia retired Olt, but not before bouncing a slider for a wild pitch that allowed Rizzo to score the go-ahead run.

Collins said his team may be feeling the effects of an unusual five-game series in Philadelphia that featured three extra-inning games, including two that went 14 innings.

“They haven’t let down,” Collins said. “I just think sometimes you go through playing all those innings in all those days the way we did. We’ve got to find some energy somewhere”

NOTES: Cubs manager Rick Renteria was ejected in the third inning by home plate umpire Todd Tichenor for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout. It was Renteria’s fourth ejection of the season. … OF Andrew Brown joined the Mets Wednesday and will be activated Thursday. The Mets designated RHP Buddy Carlyle for assignment to make room on the roster.