Mets take 2-0 lead

NEW YORK (AP) — First it was Jon Lester, then Jake Arrieta.

By:Al Bello
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The New York Mets own a two-games-to-none lead in the National League Championship Series after beating the Chicago Cubs' top two starting pitchers in succession. The Mets jumped on Arrieta in the first inning on Sunday and held off the Cubbies 4-1 at Citi Field.

Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy carried the Mets' modest attack, combining to score three times and collecting three of their five hits. Granderson led off the bottom of the first with a single and scored on David Wright's double off the wall in center field. Wright had been 1-for-19 in the postseason and hadn't collected a hit since his two-run single in Game 1 of the division series in Los Angeles.

Wright came home on Murphy's two-run blast that landed near the right-field pole. Murphy has homered in four straight games and has five round-trippers in this postseason, both Mets records.

Granderson manufactured the Mets' fourth run by drawing a third-inning walk and stealing second and third before scoring on an infield single by Yoenis Cespedes.

The four-run cushion was enough for Noah Syndergaard and the Mets' bullpen. Syndergaard struck out nine and allowed just three hits but was lifted following Kris Bryant's run-scoring double with two out in the sixth. The pen followed Syndergaard's performance by allowing just two hits over the final 3 1/3 innings, with Jeurys Familia picking up a three-out save.

Arrieta gave up just four hits and struck out eight over five innings of his first loss since July 25, when the Cubs were no-hit by Cole Hamels of the Phillies. Arrieta has allowed four runs in each of his last two outings after surrendering just six earned runs over his previous 14 starts.

Game 3 is Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

NFL-SCHEDULE

Pats, Bengals, Panthers, Packers still perfect

UNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots were winners of their so-called revenge game against the Colts at Indianapolis on Sunday.

The Patriots are 5-0 for the first time since 2007 after Tom Brady threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-27 win over the Colts. It was the first meeting between the rivals since the "Deflategate" storm erupted after the AFC title game in January.

Brady's 25-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowksi gave New England a 27-21 lead early in the third quarter. And when the Patriots stopped the 3-3 Colts on an odd-looking and ill-advised fake punt, the scrambling Brady eventually found LeGarrette Blount for an 11-yard scoring pass that made it 34-21.

Andrew Luck was 30 of 50 for 312 yards and three touchdowns in his first game back from an injured right shoulder.

The Pats weren't the only unbeaten team to win on Sunday. The Cincinnati Bengals have matched the longest season-opening winning streak in team history.

The Bengals are 6-0 after Andy Dalton threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-21 win over Buffalo. Dalton connected with Marvin Jones, Jeremy Hill and Tyler Eifert to help put the Bills away. Jones had nine catches for 95 yards.

Cincinnati took control by piling up 17 points in their first three possessions of the second half to open a 20 point lead.

EJ Manuel started at quarterback in place of the injured Tyrod Taylor and finished 28 of 42 for 263 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Bills. He also scored on a run.

Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers maintained their perfect record as Cam Newton threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen with 32 seconds left to rally the 5-0 Panthers to a 27-23 win at Seattle. Newton engineered touchdown drives on the Panthers' last two possessions after the Seahawks grabbed a 23-14 lead. The Carolina quarterback was 12 of 15 for 169 yards in the fourth quarter to finish with 269 yards overall.

The defending NFC champs are 2-4 following their second straight fourth-quarter meltdown.

And the Green Bay Packers are 6-0 after Aaron Rodgers passed for two touchdowns and James Starks had a 65-yard TD run in a 27-20 triumph at San Diego. The Packers blew a 17-3 lead before Rodgers hit James Jones for a tiebreaking, eight-yard scoring strike with 46 seconds left in the third quarter.

Rodgers finished with 255 passing yards and Starks had another 112 on the ground to help the Packers overcome a production game by Philip Rivers. The Chargers' quarterback set career highs with 43 completions, 65 attempts and 503 yards.

Rivers' two scoring passes wiped out the Chargers' 14-point deficit, but he couldn't connect with Danny Woodhead on a fourth-and-goal pass from the three with 15 seconds left.

In other NFL finals:

— Peyton Manning drove Denver 72 yards to set up Brandon McManus' 34-yard field goal with 4:56 to go in overtime, giving Denver a 26-23 win at Cleveland. Manning overcame three interceptions to help the Broncos improve to 6-0 for the seventh time in team history. He went 4 for 4 for 39 yards on the winning drive.

— Landry Jones came on in relief of starter Michael Vick and led Pittsburgh to a 25-13 win over Arizona. Landry tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Martavis Bryant to help the 4-2 Steelers get a comeback win. Landry came on in the third quarter when Vick went down with a hamstring injury. Carson Palmer threw for 421 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for the 4-2 Cardinals.

— Detroit has its first win of the season after Matt Prater kicked a 27-yard field goal with 2:34 left in overtime to give the Lions a 37-34 victory over Chicago. It looked like Detroit earned the win when Matthew Stafford hit Calvin Johnson on a 6-yard scoring pass for a 34-31 lead with 21 seconds left in regulation, but Chicago forced the overtime when Robbie Gould kicked a 29-yard field goal on the final play of regulation.

— Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to help the Jets to a 34-20 win over Washington. Chris Ivory ran for 146 yards and a TD on 20 carries for the Jets, who improved to 4-1 for the first time since the 2010 team opened 5-1. Washington is now 2-4.

— Miami's defense led the way in a 38-10 win over Tennessee, giving interim head coach Dan Campbell a victory in his first game since replacing Joe Philbin on Oct. 5. Cameron Wake had four of the Dolphins' six sacks and also forced two fumbles. The Titans suffered their fourth straight loss overall, and their eighth straight at home dating to last season.

— Teddy Bridgewater overcame two interceptions with a touchdown pass and Blair Walsh kicked four field goals to give Minnesota a 16-10 win over Kansas City. Adrian Peterson rushed for 60 yards on 26 carries for the 3-2 Vikings. The Chiefs fell to 1-5.

— Brian Hoyer threw three touchdown passes on third down to lead Texas to a 31-20 win over Jacksonville. DeAndre Hopkins caught two of the scoring tosses, and the other was hauled in by Arian Foster for the 2-4 Texans. The Jaguars fell to 1-5 with their fourth straight loss.

— Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin had some fun at their former team's expense. Colin Kaepernick hit Smith for a 76-yard touchdown reception in San Francisco's 25-20 triumph against Baltimore. Boldin had a 51-yard grab that set up Quinton Patton's 21-yard TD catch, putting the 49ers ahead 25-13 with 10:52 left.

NASCAR-KANSAS CITY

Logano makes it two in a row

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Joey Logano won his second straight Chase race, spinning out Matt Kenseth with five laps remaining at Kansas Speedway to potentially spoil his rival's championship hopes.

Kenseth kept trying to block Logano with less than 20 laps to go. But when they hit lapped traffic, Logano ran into Kenseth's left rear and sent him for a spin entering Turn 1.

Logano pulled away from fellow Chase contender Denny Hamlin on the restart.

Kenseth led 153 laps but wound up 14th, leaving him last among the 12 drivers still alive in the Chase heading to Talladega, the final race in the "contender" round.

T25-AP POLL

Buckeyes hang onto No. 1

UNDATED (AP) — Ohio State remained No. 1 in the AP Top 25, but the Buckeyes continue to see their lead dwindle. OSU is down to just 27 first place votes and a 12-point lead over No. 2 Baylor.

Utah moved up to third after beating Arizona State Saturday night. TCU dropped a spot to fifth, behind LSU.

The second five consists of Clemson, Michigan State, Alabama, Florida State and Stanford.

Unbeaten Memphis moved into the rankings at No. 18 after an upset of Ole Miss left the Tigers 6-0. Temple is also unbeaten in six games and makes its poll debut this season at No. 22. Memphis, Temple and No. 21 Houston give the American Athletic Conference three ranked teams for the first time in its three-year history.

T25-MICHIGAN ST-WATTS-JACKSON

MSU's Watts-Jackson has surgery

UNDATED (AP) — The hero of Michigan State's last second win over Michigan Saturday is recovering from surgery.

Spartans defensive back Jalen Watts-Jackson has had hip surgery a day after scoring the winning touchdown on the final play against the Wolverines.

Watts-Jackson returned Wolverines punter Blake O'Neill's fumble 38 yards to lift the Spartans to a startling 27-23 victory.

The redshirt freshman appeared to land hard on his left hip after he was tackled into the end zone and then his teammates piled on him.

NHL-SCHEDULE

Devils break into win column

UNDATED (AP) — It took five games, but the New Jersey Devils finally have their first victory under new coach John Hynes.

Lee Stempniak scored 3:07 into overtime to lift the Devils past the Rangers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden. Adam Henrique scored the Devils' first goal and made a cross-ice pass that Stempniak fired past New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist to end the exciting 3-on-3 overtime.

Derek Stepan scored an early first period goal for the Rangers and hit the crossbar before the Blueshirts absorbed their third straight loss since a 3-0 start.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— The Blues are 5-1 after Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and Brian Elliott made 26 saves in a 4-2 victory at Winnipeg. Tarasenko gave St. Louis a 3-2 lead on a delayed penalty midway through the third period.

— Edmonton has two straight wins since an 0-4 start after Lauri Korpikoski scored at 1:46 of overtime to complete a 2-1 victory over Vancouver. Nail Yakupov also scored and Anders Nilsson stopped 33 shots for the winners.

— Anaheim beat Minnesota 4-1 behind Anton Khudobin's 34-save effort. Rickard Rakell scored the game-winner and Hampus Lindholm provided an empty-net goal and an assist.

— Tyler Toffoli snapped a 1-1 tie late in the second period of the Kings' 2-1 victory over the Avalanche in Los Angeles. Toffoli's goal came just 23 seconds after Matt Duchene's power-play goal tied it for Colorado.

PGA-FRY'S.COM OPEN

Grillo wins PGA debut

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Emiliano Grillo has won his PGA Tour rookie debut.

The Argentine captured the Frys.com Open by holing a 25-foot birdie putt for a 3-under 69 before beating Kevin Na on the second playoff hole. Grillo missed a 3-foot birdie try on the first extra hole but sank a 10-foot birdie to win it.

Grillo finished regulation at 15 under.

Jason Bohn, Justin Thomas and Tyrone Van Aswegen tied for third at 14 under.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-SAN ANTONIO

Langer rallies to win

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bernhard Langer rallied to win the San Antonio Championship for his second victory of the year and 25th overall on the Champions Tour.

The 58-year-old shot a final round 7-under 65 for a three-stroke victory over Scott Dunlap who posted a 68.

Langer had eight birdies and one bogey Sunday to finish at 12-under 204.

LPGA-KEB HANA BANK CHAMPIONSHIP

Thompson earns second win of season

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Lexi Thompson shot a final-round 3-under 69 to break out of a crowded pack and win the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.

The 20-year-old finished at 15 under par, good for a one-shot win over Yani Tseng and Sung Hyun Park. It was Thompson's second win of the year.

Lydia Ko missed a chance to take the top spot in the world, finishing with a 72 that dropped the 18-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander into a tie for fourth at 13-under.