The New York Mets (17-19) defeated the New York Yankees (19-17) in their 2014 Subway Series opener Monday night at Yankee Stadium by a score of 9-7. As often is the case in the Bronx, the long ball was in full effect, as the Mets used four to power their way to the victory.
Eric Young Jr. was the catalyst right off the bat, singling to leadoff the game and then stole second. He would come around to score on a pair of groundouts, with the RBI going to David Wright, his team-leading 23rd of the season.
The Yankees bats awoke in the bottom of the second, loading the bases on three consecutive singles to start the inning. Mets starter Bartolo Colon nearly escaped the jam, retiring the next two batters but served up a grand slam to Brett Gardner to put the Yanks up 4-1.
The Mets would get one back in the fifth as Travis d'Arnaud hit a solo shot, his third of the season, to make it 4-2 Yankees. That lead held up into the sixth inning until former Yankee Curtis Granderson answered with another homer, a two-run shot to right center, also scoring Wright.
No lead would be safe on this night for Colon, who surrendered a RBI single in the bottom half of the frame to Yangervis Solarte, followed by a RBI triple to Kelly Johnson to put the Yankees back ahead 6-4. The Met defense saved a run on a groundball off the bat of Brian Roberts and Ruben Tejada threw home, catching Johnson in a rundown. Following a two-out single to Gardner, Colon would exit the game, giving way to Carlos Torres and the Met bullpen. Colon finished with a line of seven runs allowed (six earned) on eleven hits in 5.2 innings.
Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda would also leave the game heading into the seventh, finishing with a line of four runs on seven hits while also striking out three. The Mets struck quickly on Alfredo Aceves, as Young Jr. belted a two-run homer, scoring d'Arnaud to close the Bombers' lead to 7-6. After Matt Thornton (L, 0-1) finished the seventh, he stayed on to start the eighth, but surrendered the tying run on a broken bat bloop single to Lucas Duda. Eric Campbell scored from second on the play, beating out a close play at home to tie the game.
Preston Claiborne came on to try and get out of the inning, but promptly served up another Met homer, this time to Chris Young. Duda also scored on Young's third homer of the season, making the game 9-7 Mets.
After 2.1 scoreless innings of relief from Torres, Scott Rice and Jenrry Mejia (W, 4-0), Kyle Farnsworth was called upon to close out the ballgame. A leadoff walk to Derek Jeter and a Mark Teixeira single set the table for Brian McCann, with runners on the corners and one out. McCann hit a scorcher that Duda made an excellent diving stop on, that he was able to turn into a 3-5-3 double play to end the ballgame. Farnsworth gets credit for his third save of the season as the Mets have now taken five Subway Series games in a row from the Yankees.
- In his eighty-fifth Subway Series game, Derek Jeter had another big night going 3-for-4 with a walk but did not score.
- Jenrry Mejia, demoted to the bullpen earlier in the day, tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief for the win, allowing two hits and striking out two.
What's on Deck
- The Subway Series continues Tuesday night at the Stadium as Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.35) faces Vidal Nuno (1-0, 5.47). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.