The New York Mets dominated the New York Yankees Tuesday night, winning the second of a four game series 12-7. Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was the star of the game, going 1-3 with 4 RBI’s, including a three-run homer in the top of the fifth. The win was the Mets sixth consecutive victory over their crosstown rivals. Daisuke Matsuzaka picked up his first win of the season for the Mets, while Yankee starter Vidal Nuño dropped to 1-1.
Nuño plunked Mets designated hitter Eric Young Jr. with a pitch to start the game. Murphy followed with a walk, and third baseman David Wright singled to center scoring Young Jr. from second giving the Mets an early 1-0 lead. Murphy advanced to third on the play. After left fielder Chris Young popped up to second, for the first out of the inning, right fielder Curtis Granderson lined a ball over the short right field fence for a 4-0 Mets lead. Centerfielder Juan Lagares then struck out looking; first baseman Lucas Duda singled up the middle for a base hit, but catcher Travis d’Arnaud flied out to center to retire the side.
Left fielder Brett Gardner started the bottom of the first with a single to center off Mets starter Zack Wheeler. Shortstop Derek Jeter then walked, but centerfielder Jacoby Elllsbury grounded into a double play, erasing Jeter, but moving Gardner over to third. First baseman Mark Teixeria then singled to center scoring Gardner to cut the Mets lead to 4-1. Catcher Brian McCann followed with a home run to right bring the Yankees back to within a run at 4-3. Right fielder Alfonso Soriano then lined out to the wall in right to end the inning.
The Mets went 1-2-3 in the top of the second and the Yankees failed to score in the bottom half of the inning. David Wright started the top of the third with a double to deep left. Chris Young followed by flying out to center, but moved Wright over to third. Curtis Granderson walked to put runners on the corners with one out, and Juan Lagares hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Wright and Granderson took second. Mets went up 5-3. Lucas Duda then walked, but Travis d’Arnaud flied out to right to retire the side. The Yankees failed to score in the bottom of the third.
Leading off the top of the fourth, shortstop Ruben Tejada walked. Eric Young Jr. then grounded into a fielder’s choice but Yankees third baseman Yargervis Solarte threw the ball away trying to force Tejada out at second, and Tejada moved over to third on the error while Young Jr. swiped second. Daniel Murphy followed by hitting a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Tejada making it 6-3 Mets, and moving Young Jr. to third. That would be the last batter Vidal Nuño faced.
Veteran reliever Alfredo Aceves replaced the young righty and immediately allowed a single to David Wright that scored Young Jr., increasing the Mets lead to 7-3. Chris Young grounded out to first, but Wright advanced to second on the play. Curtis Granderson struck out to retire the side. Nuño finished with 3 1/3 innings pitched, allowing 7 runs, five of which were earned, 4 hits and 4 walks.
Mets starter Zack Wheeler started the bottom half of the fourth with back-to-back walks to Yangervis Solarte and first baseman Kelly Johnson. Second baseman Brian Roberts flied out to right for the first out, but Solarte moved over to third. Brett Gardner then singled to right-center, scoring Solarte and moving Johnson to second, cutting the Mets lead to 7-4. Derek Jeter then grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Juan Lagares doubled to center to start the top of the fifth. Lucas Duda then flied to left, and Travis d’Arnaud grounded out to short, but Lagares moved over to third on the play. Ruben Tejada then singled to center, scoring Lagares to make it 8-4 Mets. Eric Young Jr. followed with a walk, and Daniel Murphy scorched a shot that hit off the top of the right field foul pole for a three run homer, widening the Mets lead to 11-4. David Wright struck out looking to retire the side.
In the bottom of the fifth Jacoby Ellsbury walked to start the Yankees turn at bat. Mark Teixeria popped out to third, but Brian McCann singled to center. Alfonso Soriano singled to left, scoring Ellsbury to make it 11-5 Mets. That would be all for Zack Wheeler. Wheeler allowed 5 runs on 7 hits with 6 walks and just 2 strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings pitched. In came Daisuke Matzsuzaka to put out the fire. Yangervis Solarte flied out to left and Kelly Johnson was struck out looking to end the inning.
Both teams failed to score for the next two innings and the Mets were retired in order in the top of the eighth. In the bottom half of the eighth, Yankee third baseman Solarte led off with a solo shot to right cutting the Mets lead to 11-6. Kelly Johnson followed with a walk, but Brian Roberts grounded into a double play, erasing Johnson. Brett Gardner flied out to center for the final out of the inning.
Yankee Patrick Claiborne came in to pitch the ninth, relieving Matt Daley who replaced Aflredo Alceves in the top of the sixth. Curtis Granderson led off with an infield single to shortstop. Juan Lagares then grounded out to third, but moved Granderson over to second on the play. Lucas Duda then lined a double to left, scoring Granderson to extend the lead to 12-6 Mets. Travis d’Arnaud then struck out swinging and Ruben Tejada flied out to center to retire the side.
Jeurys Familia entered to close the game for the Mets in the bottom of the ninth. Familia allowed back-to-back walks to Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury. Mark Teixeria then flied out to center, but Jeter moved to third on the play. Brian McCann laced a ball down the line in right. The ball caromed off the sidewall in right holding McCann to a single, but Jeter scored cutting the lead to 12-7 Mets. Alfonso Soriano then struck out swinging. During the at bat, Soriano fouled off a pitch but his backswing nailed catcher d’Arnaud in the back of the head but he stayed in the game. Yangervis Solarte then grounded out to third to end the game.
Daisuke Matzsuzaka picked up his first win of the season, making him 1-0 on the season, while Vidal Nuño fell to 1-1 on the year. The series shifts to Queens as one of the Mets top pitching prospects Rafael Montero makes his major league debut against Yankees Japanese pitching phenom Masahiro Tanaka.
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