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Mets 9, Yankees 7

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: May 12 2014 10:03:21 PM CDT
Updated On: May 12 2014 10:03:23 PM CDT

NEW YORK -- For the second straight game, the New York Mets staged a late-inning comeback, turning back the New York Yankees 9-7 in the first game of the Subway Series Monday at Yankee Stadium.

The Mets (18-19) scored two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth, erasing a 7-4 Yankees lead. The crushing blow was center fielder Chris Young's two-run line-drive homer, one of four for the Mets, snapping a 7-7 tie.

Designated hitter Lucas Duda drove in pinch hitter Eric Campbell, who had doubled, with a single to tie the game at 7-7 earlier in the inning.

The Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth against the Phillies on Sunday in a game they eventually won in 11 innings, 5-4.

The Yankees had the tying runs on in the ninth, but Mets closer Kyle Farnsworth was able to get catcher Brian McCann to hit into a 3-5-3 game-ending double play.

Left fielder Eric Young Jr. closed the Yankees (19-18) lead to 7-6 with a two-run homer in the seventh. He went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

Jenrry Mejia (4-0), in his new role out of the bullpen, picked up the win. The right-hander struck out two in 1 1/3 innings.

Matt Thornton (0-1) took the loss.

Bartolo Colon suffered his third straight poor outing for the Mets (17-20) in the no-decision. He allowed seven runs, gave up 11 hits and struck out four in 5 2/3 innings. Colon has allowed 66 hits over his eight starts this season, the most over that span for his career.

The Yankees chased Colon with a three-run sixth inning. Third baseman Yangervis Solarte drove in right fielder Alfonso Soriano with a single, then scored on first baseman Kelly Johnson's triple to the left-field gap, giving the Yankees a 6-4 edge.

Later in the inning, Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts scored from third on catcher Travis d'Arnaud's throwing error attempting to nail Brett Gardner from stealing second, making the score 7-4.

Right fielder Curtis Granderson tied the game at 4-4 with a two-run homer in the sixth. He belted a 3-0 pitch from starter Hiroki Kuroda, knocking in David Wright, who had singled in front of him.

Gardner erased a 1-0 Mets lead with his second career grand slam on the first pitch he saw from Colon in the second inning. The Yankees strung together three straight singles to start the inning, including the 1,000th hit in the American League for Soriano, who became the seventh player to accumulate 1,000 hits in both leagues.

Gardner deposited his second homer of the season deep in the right-center bleachers.

Mets third baseman David Wright gave his team a brief 1-0 advantage in the first when he drove in left fielder Eric Young with a fielder's choice. Young singled to lead off the game, stole his 15th base of the season, then moved to third on a ground out by second baseman Daniel Murphy.

Kuroda settled down after that inning, retiring 10 of his next 11 batters before d'Arnaud's opposite-field solo homer in the fifth cut the Yankees' lead to 4-2.

NOTES: Since the inception of the Mets in 1962, 121 players have played for both the Mets and the Yankees. Current Yankees OF Carlos Beltran hit 149 homers for the Mets from 2005-11, and current Mets OF Curtis Granderson belted 115 home runs for the Yankees from 2010-13. ... The Mets entered the game with 127 walks, tied for the NL lead with the Miami Marlins. ... Alfonso Soriano started in right field for the Yankees for just the fourth time this season. ... Of the 18 active players who have 250 or more stolen bases, seven of them are in the Yankees organization, including OF Ichiro Suzuki, who leads all active players with 474 steals. ... Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra was at the stadium on his 89th birthday.