A solo home run by Aaron Judge in the top of the eighth inning was just enough to lift the Yankees over the Mets 4-3 on Saturday night.
This was a game of long balls for both New York teams, as all of the runs recorded through home runs.
The Mets' bats started off hot, with ex-Yankee Todd Frazier and Asdrubal Cabrera going deep to give them a 3-0 lead after one inning.
It was the Yankees' youngsters that were able to get it done for the squad, with Gleyber Torres hitting a solo home run in the third inning to put the Yankees on the board, and Miguel Andujar tying the game with a two-run home run in the sixth.
"It's just impressive how mature they are," Judge said of Torres and Andujar. "They don't act like [rookies]. They don't play like it... They've been coming up in big situations all year."
Steven Matz, the Mets' starting pitcher, was then pulled from the game after allowing the three earned runs. Although only 57 of his 105 pitches were strikes, Matz was able to successfully get through the Yankees' top hitters, Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez.
While relief pitching remained steady for the Yankees, with David Robertson picking up the win after replacing rookie Domingo German, relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak was unable to get it done for the Mets.
With the game tied at 3 apiece, Judge stepped up to bat against Swarzak and launched his 18th homer of the season to left center field.
“A guy like Swarzak who’s got wipeout stuff, you’ve got to try to get him early,” Judge said. "For me, I got something out on the plate early and I took a good swing on it.”
The Mets had a chance in the bottom of the ninth after Jay Bruce and Kevin Plawecki both reached on walks.
With two outs, Jose Reyes was called on to pinch-hit for pitcher Jerry Blevins, and lined out to Judge to end the game.
The game marked the eighth-straight loss for the Mets, and their 10th consecutive home loss.
"It's a close game every night," Mets' General Manager Mickey Callaway said. "We just need the big hit. We need the big shutdown inning... We're in every single game."
Meanwhile it was the ninth win in 10 games for the Yankees. It was also the Yankees sixth-straight win against their crosstown rivals. The win also improved the Yankees to a Major League-best record of 42-18.
The Yankees will look to sweep the series on Sunday night.