Mets edge Yankees 9th for 2-game Subway Series sweep

NEW YORK — Starling Marte batted in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the ninth, and the New York Mets defeated the crosstown Yankees 3-2 on Wednesday-evening for a two-game sweep in their Subway Series.

Max Scherzer was great on his 38th birthday, striking out Aaron Judge to help the Mets take a 2-0 lead in the eighth. Gleyber Torres tied the score with a two-run homer off inexperienced reliever David Peterson, normally a starter.

Less than an hour into the game, the slumping Yankees strengthened their line-up by signing Kansas City Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi in a trade for three minor leaguers.

“It’s another great batter,” said manager Aaron Boone. “Benintendi is a great batter. Comes to base with a really high clip, hits from the left, so yeah – gives you some balance. … I’ll be excited to write his name in it.”

Pete Alonso homered early to Domingo Germán, and Francisco Lindor had an RBI single for the Mets in front of a sold-out crowd at Citi Field.

On his debut in the Subway Series, Scherzer gave up five hits in seven innings and struckout six, including Judge in two big situations.

Eduardo Escobar doubled on the first pitch by Wandy Peralta (2-3), who came in on his 31st birthday in the ninth. Escobar moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Tomás Nido, who doubled and scored earlier.

Escobar was in third place when Brandon Nimmo reached on an infield-single that an outflanking Peralta was unable to keep clean. Marte then lined into left field over a drawn infield to give the Mets their ninth walk-off win against the Yankees.

Seth Lugo (2-2) struckout three in 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

The Mets extended their lead for NL East to three games over Atlanta with their seventh win in their last nine games against the Yankees. This series was only the second time the city rivals have both taken first place when they go head-to-head – the other came in April 2015.

With the Mets’ victory this evening, the Empire State Building in Manhattan would be lit up in blue and orange all night long.

The teams will play two more times this season at Yankee Stadium in late August.

The AL East leading Yankees, scratching an extended stretch for the first time all year, ended a 2-5 road trip coming out of the All-Star break. They have lost 10 of their last 15 games.

Judge, who leads the majors with 38 home runs, fanned out three times on sliders from Scherzer. The former came with two to finish the third, and the latter with runners on the corners to finish the seventh.

With fans of both teams on their feet in the crowd of 43,693 and feeling the big moment, Judge made a mistake of the only fastball he saw – a 97 mph stove that was Scherzer’s hardest throw of the night.

Then he whizzed down and away on an 86 mph slider, Scherzer’s 99th and final throw. The three-time Cy Young Award winner coolly walked down the hill before emphatically hitting high-fives with teammates in the dugout.

Scherzer also threw out trouble in the fifth, when DJ LeMahieu lined out to the shortstop with two ups, and the sixth, when a frustrated Josh Donaldson knocked down his helmet after hitting a slider with runners on the corners towards the pitcher. beat.


Yankees: RHP Michael King has had surgery on his broken right elbow. Boone said the team probably won’t know for a few months if we can expect King back for spring training next year. The fracture will take eight to 10 weeks to heal before doctors can properly determine whether there was ligament damage, Boone said. … RHP Luis Severino (right lat-stem) hasn’t started throwing yet. … LHP Zack Britton (Tommy John-surgery) threw another bullpen and will face hitters sometime in the next 10 days, but Boone doesn’t want to raise expectations as to whether the reliever can return in September.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (tension response right shoulder blade) threw 67 pitches over four innings for Triple-A Syracuse in what is expected to be his last minor league rehab outing, before returning to the New York rotation next week. “If all goes well, the plan is to pitch for us next time,” said manager Buck Showalter. The two-time Cy Young Award winner has not appeared in a major league game since July 7, 2021. … RHP Trevor May (right triceps inflammation) worked one inning for Syracuse in the same game. …C James McCann (Left Oblique Tension) is on his way to Double-A Binghamton for a drug addiction assignment.


Yankees: Welcome struggling Kansas City to the Bronx on Thursday night. Jameson Taillon (10-2, 3.93 ERA) pitched for New York against Brady Singer (4-3, 3.82 ERA) in the opener of a seven-game homestand. Taillon ran a season-high three in a season-low 2 2/3 innings last Friday in Baltimore. The righthander is 1-0 with a 0.47 ERA in three career starts against the Royals.

Mets: After their second day off this week, the Mets will face Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara (9-4, 1.81 ERA) on Friday-evening for the fourth time since June 19. in the previous three matchups. New York RHP Chris Bassitt (7-7, 3.72 ERA) throws the series opener in Miami.

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