Turner comes off bench to get key hit

Turner comes off bench to get key hit

NEW YORK -- Mets infielder Justin Turner was out of the starting lineup Sunday for a second straight day due to illness.

But he made an appearance in the eighth as a pinch-hitter, and his infield single led to the Mets tying the game after a throwing error by Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija on the play.

Prior to the game, Mets manager Terry Collins said about Turner: "His stomach feels better but he still has a little bit of a sinus and headache issue going on." Ruben Tejada started a second straight game at second base in place of Turner, who hit a walk-off double Friday night but was a late scratch from New York's lineup the following afternoon. Entering Sunday hitting .268 with four home runs and 49 RBIs this season, Turner -- who called his illness "more of a head cold" -- was in the midst of a .394 hot streak with a .429 on-base percentage in September.

"I'm hoping [Monday] I wake up and my head feels a little clearer," he said.

Also cracking Sunday's lineup was catcher Ronny Paulino, who is nursing a broken toe and had started just three games behind the plate since Aug. 22.