Advantage Yankees

By RONALD BLUM   AP Baseball Writer
 NEW YORK (AP) _ Mark Teixeira hit a tiebreaking, three-run drive off Steven Matz in the second inning for his first home run against a left-hander in more than a year, then got hit by a pitch that sparked a bench-clearing dustup in the New York Yankees’ 9-5 win over the Mets in the Subway Series on Wednesday night.

Chad Green and Matz (8-8) both struggled at the start, and Luis Severino (1-6) came out of the bullpen with 4 1/3 innings of one-hit relief for his first big league win since last Sept. 27. Another of the Yankees’ Kiddie Korps, 23-year-old catcher Gary Sanchez, was called up before the game and got his first big league hit.

In a season-long slump, Teixeira came to the plate in the second with the score 3-all. Following two-out singles by Jacoby Ellsbury and Rob Refsnyder, the switch-hitter lofted the ball over the right-field scoreboard and into the first row of seats at Yankee Stadium for his 10th home run this season and first batting right-handed since July 31 last year against Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox.

When Teixeira batted in the fifth, Matz’s first pitch hit him below the left knee. Teixeira got up, started yelling and was walled off by catcher Rene Rivera. Players from both teams came onto the field, but there were no scuffles.

Then, during a three-run seventh that opened a 9-4 lead, the Mets had repeated mound meetings with reliever Hansel Robles when Teixeira was on second base, apparently thinking he was trying to steal signs. When Robles walked toward the dugout, he appeared to mutter at Teixeira, who pointed to the side of his helmet.

Severino went 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA as a rookie in the final two months of last season, but the 22-year-old right-hander was awful early this year and was sent to the minors from late May until July 25.

He allowed an unearned run in the seventh after third baseman Chase Headley let Yoenis Cespedes’ hard-hit grounder bounce off his glove for an error that loaded the bases. Severino threw a 98 mph fastball that froze new Mets slugger Jay Bruce for a called third strike, gave up James Loney’s RBI groundout and got Michael Conforto to strike out on a slider.

Sanchez went 1 for 4 at designated hitter, a job held by Alex Rodriguez in the first half of the season and Carlos Beltran for much of July. Sanchez struck out and popped up in his first two at-bats, dropping to 0 for 8 since his first call-up late last season, then singled up the middle in the seventh against Robles and scored on Refsnyder’s sacrifice fly.

In a sign he might stick around this time, Sanchez was assigned No. 24, down from 57 earlier this season and 73 late last year.

Green and Matz combined to throw 100 pitches in the first two innings. Matz settled down, allowing six runs and six hits in six innings. The Mets lost for the sixth time in eight games, including two of three to the Yankees this week.

Bruce went 0 for 4 with a walk, dropping to 0 for 8 since he was acquired from Cincinnati on Monday. Cespedes, slowed by a sore right quadriceps, made his first start since Saturday and went 1 for 5 as the DH.

Taking the rotation spot of traded Ivan Nova, Green lasted 3 2/3 innings but only with the help of double-play grounders in each of the first three innings _ two of them off the bat of Wilmer Flores that ended the first and third. Bullpen action started five batters in, and pitching coach Larry Rothschild made trips to the mound in all four of Green’s innings.

Much had changed since the Yankees last played in the Bronx on July 24, with Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Beltran and Nova all traded for prospects. Beltran’s locker, the one by the bathroom entrance used previously by Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano, was empty, as were the stalls of Chapman and Nova. Newly acquired Tyler Clippard moved into Miller’s space.

Curtis Granderson homered into the right-field short porch on Green’s second pitch, his Mets record 18th leadoff home run, one more than Jose Reyes. In Green’s previous start, at Cleveland on July 8, he gave up consecutive home runs to Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis starting the first.

Loney’s RBI single made it 2-0, but the Yankees went ahead in the bottom half when Headley doubled in two runs and scored on Didi Gregorius’ double. Rivera’s run-scoring single tied it in the second.

     GRANDY MAN

Granderson has seven leadoff home runs this season and 42 in his big league career

    WALK IN THE PARK

Neil Walker homered off Clippard in the ninth, his 18th this season.

    TRAINER’S ROOM

 Mets: 1B Lucas Duda, sidelined since May 20 because of a stress fracture in his lower back, had a flare-up of back pain during workouts last week and likely will not play again this season, according to GM Sandy Alderson. … RHP Zack Wheeler is scheduled to pitch Saturday for Class A St. Lucie of the Florida State League in his first game since Tommy John surgery on March 25 last year.
 
 Yankees: LHP Jacob Lindgren will have Tommy John surgery Friday, an injury that likely will sideline him until the 2018 season. New York said team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad will operate at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

     UP NEXT

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (9-7) starts for the Yankees and RHP Bartolo Colon (9-6) for the Mets in Thursday night’s Subway Series finale.

 

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