After being rained out on Monday night, the New York Mets and New York Yankees split a doubleheader on Tuesday, with the Yankees taking game one and the Mets claiming game two in the Bronx.
Zack Wheeler took the mound for the Mets in game one. Wheeler was coming off a solid outing against the San Francisco Giants, in which the right-hander threw a no-decision after allowing three runs off three hits in seven innings. The long ball has been an issue for Wheeler this year, and the struggles continued in the Bronx.
Wheeler gave up two runs after three innings off singles from Kendrys Morales and Gary Sanchez. But the Mets took a 4-2 lead into the fourth inning thanks to an RBI single from Juan Lagares and a three-run home run from Jeff McNeil.
Gio Urshela hit a two-run blast in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at four apiece and designated hitter Luke Voit gave the Yankees the lead for the remainder of the game. Voit hit his 16th home run of the season on a fly ball to left center field that scored DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks.
Wheeler would not make it through the fourth inning. His final stat line: 4.2 innings pitched, 10 hits, nine runs (five earned), one walk, six strikeouts and two home runs. On the season Wheeler is now 5-4 with a 4.87 ERA. The Yankees added two more in the fifth after the five-run fourth inning.
Amed Rosario gave the Mets one more run on a single to left field that scored Dominic Smith, but the run was too little too late, as the Yankees took the first game handily, winning 12-5. Urshela went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs in the win. Voit and Sanchez each added three RBI.
Masahiro Tanaka recorded his fourth win of the season for the Yankees after going 6.2 innings and allowing seven hits, five runs (four earned) and striking out seven while walking zero. Tanaka improved his record to 4-5 and his ERA stands at 3.58.
The second game of the doubleheader was a completely different story. The Mets’ ace in the hole, Jason Vargas, had another masterful performance on the mound. Vargas, who was coming off a five-hit, complete game shutout, brought his record to 3-3 after allowing three earned runs off seven hits in six innings.
Rookie Pete Alonso got things started in the top of the first for the Mets, hitting a three-run home run off James Paxton to give the Mets an early 3-0 lead. The Mets tacked on another three runs in the third off singles from Michael Conforto, Wilson Ramos and Adeiny Hechavarria, but the Yankees cut the Mets’ lead in half after getting three runs back in the bottom of the third.
A J.D. Davis two-run home run in the fourth gave the Mets insurance runs and a home run by Carlos Gomez in the fifth gave the Mets a 9-3 lead. Rosario hit a double to score Luis Guillorme in the top of the ninth. Brett Gardner hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, but it really didn’t matter at that point.
The Mets won 10-4 to split the first Subway Series of the season and sit in third place in the NL East with a 33-34 record. The team is five games back from the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies. Jacob deGrom will take the mound for the Mets in Citi Field on Thursday night as the team opens up a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals before an 11-day, 11-game road trip.
The Yankees are tied for first place in the AL East with a 41-25 record and will hit the road to play three against the Chicago White Sox before a 10-game homestand against the Rays, Astros and Blue Jays.
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