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Mets edge Yankees 3-2 in 9th for 2-game Subway Series sweep

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Max Scherzer of the New York Mets throws in the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the New York Yankees on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 in New York City. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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With two first-place teams on the field, the New York Mets have made this Subway Series a one-way trip.

Starling Marte scored the game-winning run at home in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Mets beat the Crosstown Yankees 3-2 on Wednesday night for a two-game sweep.

Max Scherzer was wonderful on his 38th birthday, knocking out Aaron Judge three times to help the Mets take a 2-0 lead in the eighth. Gleyber Torres tied the game with a two-run homer from reliever David Peterson, normally a starter.

“Every time Max had to make a pitch, he did it,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “So strong mentally.”

After the game, the plummeting Yankees bolstered their roster by acquiring All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals in a trade for three minor league pitchers.

“He’s another great hitter,” manager Aaron Boone said. “I’ll be happy to write his name down.”

Pete Alonso hit Domingo Germán early, and Francisco Lindor had an RBI single for the Mets in front of a sold-out crowd of 43,693 at Citi Field.

Making his Subway Series debut, Scherzer allowed five hits in seven innings and struck out six, including Judge in two big situations. The Yankees went 0 for 15 with runners in scoring position during the series.

“Actually, I think we played a really good game,” Boone said. “I thought we had the right to bat against Scherzer. We had bad luck in some big spots.

Eduardo Escobar doubled on the first pitch from Wandy Peralta (2-3), who came in ninth on his 31st birthday. Escobar advanced on a sacrificial bunt from No. 9 hitter Tomás Nido, who doubled and scored early.

Escobar held third when Brandon Nimmo reached on an infield single that a skirting Peralta couldn’t corral cleanly. Marte, who hit his first three times, then ripped a line drive into left field on a fired infield.

Marte was swarmed by excited teammates as the Mets celebrated their ninth victory over the Yankees and their first Subway Series sweep since May 2014 in the Bronx.

“That’s all I wanted for my birthday, so that’s what we got,” Scherzer said.

Inside the clubhouse, Mets players presented Marte with a huge, garish green sombrero.

“We like to play in situations like that,” he said through an interpreter.

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

The Mets extended their NL East lead to three games against Atlanta with their seventh victory in the last nine meetings against the Yankees. This series marked only the second time the city rivals had both held the top spot when they faced off – the other came in April 2015.

With the Mets’ triumph that night, the Empire State Building in Manhattan was to be lit blue and orange.

The teams will play twice more this season at the end of August at Yankee Stadium.

Hustling for the first time this year, the AL East-leading Yankees completed a 2-5 road trip coming out of the All-Star break. They have lost 10 of their last 15 games.

“We know we’re really good, and we know we’re going to have a problem in the season,” Boone said. in my mind.”

The judge, who leads the majors with 38 homers, fanned Scherzer’s sliders three times. The first came with two to finish third, and the last with corner runners to finish seventh.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner walked coolly off the mound before energetically slapping high-fives with his teammates in the dugout.

“He’s one of the best in the game for a reason,” Judge said. “I have to try to stay in my zone and he made me stretch out a bit and made some great throws.”

Scherzer also worked without trouble in the fifth, when DJ LeMahieu lined up at shortstop with two runs, and in the sixth, when a frustrated Josh Donaldson slammed his helmet off after hitting the pitcher on a slider with throws. runners in the corners.

“It’s funny. It’s New York bragging rights,” said Scherzer, who has a 0.82 ERA in five starts on his birthday. “They’re a great team, they’ve got great training and it’s fun to compete in an atmosphere like this.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Michael King had surgery on his fractured right elbow. Boone said the team likely won’t know for at least two months whether to expect King to return for spring training next year. … LHP Zack Britton (Tommy John’s surgery) has thrown another bullpen and is expected to face batters in the next 10 days or so, but Boone doesn’t want to expect the reliever to be able to return by September.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (right shoulder blade stress reaction) threw 67 pitches in four innings for Triple-A Syracuse in what is expected to be his last minor league rehab outing before joining the New York rotation the next week. “The plan right now if all goes well is to pitch for us next time,” Showalter said. The two-time Cy Young Award winner hasn’t played in a major league game since July 7, 2021. … RHP Trevor May (right triceps inflammation) worked an inning for Syracuse in the same game. … C James McCann (left oblique stump) is heading to Double-A Binghamton on a rehab mission.

NEXT

Yankees: Host struggling Kansas City in the Bronx on Thursday night. Jameson Taillon (10-2, 3.93 ERA) pitches for New York against Brady Singer (4-3, 3.82 ERA) in Game 1 of a seven-game homestand.

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

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