Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Alex Rodriguez hit a solo homer and drove in
two runs as the New York Yankees beat the Mets 6-4 in the rubber match of a
Gregorio Petit, Brett Gardner and Chris Young had one RBI apiece for the
Yankees, who improved to 11-8 on the young season.
Nathan Eovaldi allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out six over 4
1/3 innings. Chasen Shreve (1-0) got the final two outs in the fifth.
Former Yankee Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer for the Mets, who entered
this weekend series on an 11-game winning streak. Daniel Murphy went 2-for-3
with two RBI.
Jon Niese (2-1) gave up six runs — four earned — on eight hits over five
innings for the Mets, who committed four errors on Sunday.
Granderson led off the game with a homer to right-center field. Juan Lagares
followed with a single, moved to second when Michael Cuddyer grounded out and
raced home on Murphy’s double to right.
Rodriguez answered with a solo shot to right-center field in the bottom half.
The Yankees tacked on four runs in the second. John Ryan Murphy doubled and
crossed the plate on Petit’s two-out double to left. Petit then scored on
Gardner’s double to right. Young added a run-scoring single before Rodriguez
hit an RBI double to left. Rodriguez was thrown out while trying to make it to
third on Cuddyer’s throwing error.
The Mets responded with two runs in the third. Lucas Duda hit a two-out single
and raced home on Cuddyer’s double to left. Daniel Murphy’s RBI double to
left-center field cut the gap to 5-4.
The Yankees put another run on the board in the fifth. Gardner beat out an
infield single following a successful challenge from the Yankees. Young
reached on Daniel Murphy’s fielding error, which moved Gardner to third.
Gardner then scored when Rodriguez grounded into a fielder’s choice.
Andrew Miller tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his seventh save of the
Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores had an eight-game hitting streak snapped … The
Mets went 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded five … The
Yankees welcome the Rays to town for a three-game series starting Monday,
while the Mets start a three-game series in Miami on Monday.