Mets Take It To Tanaka

By RONALD BLUM   AP Baseball Writer

 

 

 NEW YORK (AP) _ Jacob deGrom pitched seven scoreless innings, Alejandro De Aza and Travis d’Arnaud homered off Masahiro Tanaka, and the New York Mets’ offense woke up in a 7-1 Subway Series win over the Yankees on Tuesday night.

Jay Bruce went 0 for 4 and took a pair of called third strikes in his Mets debut, but his new team scored its most runs since July 7 and won for the second time in seven games.

Last in the NL in batting average, the Mets acquired the All-Star outfielder from Cincinnati on Monday in an attempt to replicate the offensive spark that Yoenis Cespedes provided after he was obtained at last year’s trade deadline.

DeGrom (7-5) escaped a two-out jam in the first by striking out Didi Gregorius, then got out of runners-at-the-corners trouble in the second by fanning Tanaka, who had trouble picking up signs from Yankees third base coach Joe Espada.

DeGrom gave up just two hits after that and wound up pitching four-hit ball with eight strikeouts and one walk. He retired 12 in a row before Mark Teixeira’s one-out double in the sixth. The right-hander also had two hits at the plate.

Jon Niese, reacquired by the Mets from Pittsburgh on Monday, finished with two-hit relief, allowing Gregorius’ ninth-inning homer.

Alex Rodriguez, who said before the game he was “at peace with myself” if the rebuilding Yankees release him, was booed when he pinch-hit in the ninth and ended the game with a flyout.

Tanaka (7-4) lasted 6 1/3 innings and allowed eight hits and seven earned runs _ his most since coming to the major leagues in 2014. His ERA rose to 3.46.

De Aza hit a two-run homer in the third and d’Arnaud added a solo drive in the fifth, just the third home run of the season for each. Coming in, only two of the 12 home runs off Tanaka this year had been hit on the road.

The Mets chased Tanaka as they batted around in a four-run seventh. Michael Conforto hit an RBI double and Matt Reynolds blooped a run-scoring single over a drawn-in infield. Richard Bleier relieved and Yoenis Cespedes, limited to pinch-hitting due to a quadriceps injury, hit a hard grounder that handcuffed second baseman Starlin Castro. Cespedes beat the throw for a run-scoring infield single, and Neil Walker followed with an RBI double.

Cespedes, who hasn’t started since Saturday, is expected to be the Mets’ designated hitter on Wednesday when the series switches to the Bronx.

    CROWDS

The crowd of 42,819 was the Mets’ eighth sellout, their most in a season at Citi Field, which opened in 2009.

     SPEEDY

Brett Gardner’s first-inning trip around the bases Monday, when he was thrown out while trying for an inside-the-park home run, was the fastest in the majors this year at 14.89 seconds, according to Statcast. The previous fastest was 15.20 seconds by both the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig and Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis.
 
     TRAINER’S ROOM
 
 Mets: SS Asdrubal Cabrera was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Monday, with a strained patella tendon in his left knee. Manager Terry Collins said the injury was about as severe as the one that sidelined Cabrera for a little more than two weeks during spring training. OF Justin Ruggiano (strained left hamstring) also was put on the 15-day DL.
 
     UP NEXT

LHP Steven Matz (8-7) starts for the Mets on Wednesday and RHP Chad Green (1-2) for the Yankees. Green, taking the slot of traded Ivan Nova, will be making his fourth start this season, his first since July 8.

 

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