NEW YORK (AP) — Darwin Barney's soft single fell into right field and Scott Feldman took off running, then rounded second and — wait, was he trying for third?
"I didn't know what I was doing, actually," the Cubs pitcher said. "I kind of just decided to go I guess."
Like just about everything else Feldman did against the Mets on Saturday it worked out. Feldman allowed two hits in seven innings and the Cubs beat the Mets 5-2.
Feldman hit a two-run single in the fourth, setting up his slow-motion scamper on the bases. He rounded second and headed for third, drawing a throw that seemed as if it had a chance to get him.
Of course, it didn't. He slid in — head first — and beat the throw and David Wright's tag.
"Don't want to make the third out at third, so I just tried to do everything I could to just sneak my hand in there," Feldman said.
Said Wright: "I think I got him pretty good on the arm with my spike."
Feldman (6-5) got it done on the mound, too. He struck out six and Starlin Castro hit a two-run double to left in the Cubs' three-run eighth and Kevin Gregg got the last three outs for his ninth straight save.
The Cubs stranded 10 runners in the first seven innings before breaking it open in the eighth. Scott Rice allowed a hit and a walk around a sacrifice, then Brandon Lyon came on and gave up a single to load the bases before walking Cody Ransom to force in a run. Castro then had his hit, which could have scored three runs if it hadn't bounced over the wall.
"I think we're just getting better swings in fastball counts, in hitters counts," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "We're taking advantage of situations now that we haven't for a long piece of the season."