July 3, 2011: Singles in 9th and 10th Beat Yanks

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Date: July 3, 2011
Mets starter: R. A. Dickey
Mets: 3
Yankees: 2
Winning pitcher: Francisco Rodriguez
Key player(s): Ronny Paulino, Jason Bay
Key play: Paulino’s single in 9th, Bay’s single in 10th

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a weekend Subway Series. The Mets came from behind with run-scoring singles in the ninth and tenth innings for a 3-2 win.

Mets’ starter R. A. Dickey pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Carlos Beltran doubled against the Yanks’ Freddy Garcia with two outs in the bottom half. An ensuing single by Daniel Murphy scored Beltran with the first run of the game. Jason Bay grounded out to shortstop Ramiro Pena to end the inning. Dickey and Garcia then hurled scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth.

Robinson Cano led off the top of the fifth inning with a double to left field. Nick Swisher singled to score Cano and tie the game. Russell Martin flied out to center fielder Angel Pagan and an error by second baseman Justin Turner allowed Pena to reach base. Garcia’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third. Brett Gardner drew a walk to load the bases. Dickey retired Curtis Granderson on an inning-ending grounder to Turner. Garcia then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Pedro Beato shut down the Yankees sixth and seventh innings. Garcia responded by pitching a pair of scoreless bottom halves. To begin the top of the eighth, Gardner tripled against the Mets’ Jason Isringhausen. Granderson followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Gardner and give the Yanks a 2-1 lead. Mark Teixeira doubled and Alex Rodriguez flied out to right fielder Beltran. Cano was given an intentional walk. Isringhausen got Swisher to fly out to Beltran and close out the inning. Yankees’ reliever David Robertson then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Despite allowing two singles, Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Bay drew a walk against the Yanks’ Mariano Rivera. Lucas Duda singled to advance Bay to third base. Pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino hit a single to score Bay with the tying run. An error by Pena allowed Ruben Tejada to reach base. Trying to score on the play, Duda was out at home via a throw by left fielder Gardner to catcher Martin to end the inning.

Rodriguez held the Yankees without a run in the top of the 10th. To open the bottom half, pinch-hitter Scott Hairston drew a walk against the Yanks’ Luis Ayala. Pagan’s sacrifice bunt moved Hairston to second base and Turner was hit by a pitch. Yankees’ reliever Boone Logan struck out Beltran and got Murphy to hit a ground ball on which Pena made an error to load the bases. Bay followed with a single against reliever Hector Noesi to drive home Hairston and end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory over their cross-city rivals.