Ron Darling pitched a five-hitter and Gary Carter homered, leading the Mets to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs last night in New York.

The Mets, in ending a four-game losing streak, extended Chicago's losing streak to six.

New York players say they were partially inspired by a wire service story in which Chicago pitcher Rick Sutcliffe said the only Met that could find a place to play on the Cubs team was pitcher Dwight Gooden.

"Some guys were talking about it in the TV room before the game," Darling said of the story. "He can talk as much as he wants. He's not a god. He was 16-1 last year. That doesn't make him a god."

Darling (6-1), winning his fifth straight decision, struck out seven for his second shutout of the season. His ERA dropped to 2.29.

Loser Sutcliffe (6-6) allowed five hits in seven innings. In his six losses, the Cubs have scored 10 runs, and Sutcliffe's last three losses have been by shutout.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on Carter's ninth homer of the season.

In the top half of the inning, Keith Moreland was at third and Ron Cey was on first with two outs when Carter saved a run. Darling's pitch to Chris Speier was in the dirt to Carter's right. Carter blocked the ball as Cey started for second and faked a throw to second, bluffing Moreland off the bag at third. Moreland was out in a rundown.

The Mets scored their second run in the fifth as Wally Backman singled and scored on Danny Heeps double.