On Tuesday night in the Bronx, the Mets defeated the Yankees by a score of 12-7 to win game two of the Subway Series.
Zack Wheeler took the mound for the Mets for his eighth start of the season against LHP Vidal Nuno. Both pitchers struggled: Wheeler allowed five earned runs on seven hits and six walks in 4.1 innings, with Nuno surrendering seven runs, five earned, on four hits in his 3.1 innings.
In the first, after Nuno led off the game by hitting Eric Young, Jr. with a pitch, he surrendered a 10-pitch walk to Daniel Murphy. Then, on the first pitch he saw, David Wright hit an RBI single to bring in the first run of the game. Two batters later, Curtis Granderson hit his second home run in two nights, a three-run shot to make it 4-0.
With a comfortable lead to work with, Wheeler entered the first with apparent control issues. After Brett Gardner led off the inning with a single, Derek Jeter walked — but Wheeler was able to induce a double-play by Jacoby Ellsbury. Mark Teixeira then drove Gardner in with a single to right, followed by a two-run home run by Brian McCann to cut the lead to 4-3.
Wheeler returned in the second and continued to have difficulty locating his pitches. He allowed a leadoff double to red-hot rookie Yangervis Solarte, and after Murphy made a nice play for the force at second, Brian Roberts walked. A wild pitch moved Solarte to third, but Wheeler was able to escape trouble by striking out Gardner and getting Jeter to ground out. By the end of the inning, Wheeler had already thrown 56 pitches.
David Wright began the top of the third with a double and moved to third on a deep fly ball off the bat of Chris Young. Nuno then walked Granderson. Juan Lagares was robbed of a hit by Ellsbury, but was able to bring home Wright on a sac fly to make it 5-3.
In the bottom of the inning, Wheeler got two quick outs before walking McCann. A passed ball moved him into scoring position for Alfonso Soriano, but Wheeler was able to end the inning on a groundout – and up to 79 pitches thrown.
The Mets chased Nuno out of the game in the fourth. Ruben Tejada began the inning with a walk, and Eric Young Jr. was able to reach safely and advance to second on an error by Solarte. Murphy then hit a sac fly to score Tejada and move Young, Jr. to third. Alfredo Aceves entered the game to replace Nuno, who promptly let up an RBI single to Wright for his third hit of the game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Wheeler walked his first two batters to bring his total to five on the night. An RBI single by Gardner cut the Mets’ lead to 7-4. With two on and one out, Jeter grounded into an inning-ending double play to help Wheeler limit the damage.
The Mets broke the game open in the fifth inning. After Lagares hit a bloob double to center, Duda flew out and d’Arnaud grounded out to advance Lagares. Tejada then singled on a line drive to center field to make it 8-4. A two-out walk to Young, Jr. paved the way for a three-run home run by Murphy to bring the game to 11-4.
Wheeler returned in the bottom of the inning despite having thrown 99 pitches. He walked Ellsbury to begin the inning, then let up back-to-back singles to McCann and Soriano to make it 11-5. With one out in the fifth, he exited the game with 118 pitches thrown and no chance for a win.
Daisuke Matsuzaka came in for relief and retired Solarte and Kelly Johnson to end the fifth. He was left in to pitch a clean sixth and seventh innings, but let up a solo home run to Solarte in the eighth to make it 11-6.
Matt Daley pitched a scoreless sixth, seventh, and eighth for the Yankees. In the final inning, off of Preston Claiborne, Granderson led off with a single and Duda doubled him in to bring the Mets’ lead to 12-6.
In the ninth, Jeurys Familia pitched for the Mets and allowed an RBI single to McCann before solidifying the team’s win.
Nine times in their last 11 games, the Mets have scored in the first inning.
The Mets have held a lead in 32 of their last 38 games.
Young, Jr. has scored the first run of game for the Mets 12 times this year — four more than any other player in the majors. Young is now tied for third in the NL with 28 runs scored.
Granderson has reached base safely in 17 of his last 19 games. In his last eleven games, he has four home runs and 12 RBI. He also has now hit 66 home runs in the new Yankee Stadium.
Wright extended his hitting streak to 11 games tonight. His RBI in the first inning was the 900th of his career, making him the 20th active player to reach that plateau.
The Mets now have a franchise-high six-game winning streak against the Yankees after tonight’s win.
The Mets are now 7-9 at the new Yankee Stadium.
The Mets will travel back to Citi Field tomorrow for two more games against the Yankees. Rafael Montero (0-0, 0.00) will make his major league debut against Masahiro Tanaka (5-0, 2.57 ERA) on Wednesday night at 7:10 PM.