May 12, 2014: Four Homers Overcome Yankees

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Date: May 12, 2014
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 9
Yankees: 7
Winning pitcher: Jenrry Mejia
Key player(s): Eric Young, Lucas Duda, Chris Young
Key play: Mets’ home runs, Duda’s RBI single

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Monday night in the Bronx. The teams played the opener of a Subway Series. On the strength of four home runs, the Mets came from behind and emerged with a 9-7 win.

Eric Young singled against Yanks’ starter Hiroki Kuroda to lead off the top of the first inning. Eric stole second base and moved to third on Daniel Murphy’s ground out to first baseman Kelly Johnson. David Wright grounded out to shortstop Derek Jeter to bring home Eric Young with the first run of the game. Curtis Granderson singled and Kuroda threw a called third strike past Bobby Abreu for the third out. Mets’ starter Bartolo Colon then yielded only a single to Jeter in the bottom half.

Kuroda held the Mets to a ground-rule double by Chris Young in the top of the second. Brian McCann got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Alfonso Soriano singled and Yangervis Solarte singled to load the bases. Johnson went down on strikes and Brian Roberts lined out to first baseman Lucas Duda. Brett Gardner followed with a grand slam for a 4-1 Yankees lead. Jeter singled and Colon threw a called third strike past Jacoby Ellsbury to end the inning.

After scoreless third and fourth innings, Travis d'Arnaud hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the fifth. Ruben Tejada grounded out to third baseman Solarte and a double by Eric Young ensued. Murphy grounded out to Jeter to finish off the inning and Colon shut down the Yankees in the bottom half. Wright singled to begin the top of the sixth. Granderson slugged a two-run homer to tie the game at 4-4. Kuroda set down the next three Mets batters and Soriano got a one-out double in the bottom of the inning. Solarte singled to plate Soriano and came around to score on a triple by Johnson. Roberts hit a ground ball on which Johnson got caught between bases and was tagged out by third baseman Wright. Gardner singled to send Roberts to third base and Colon was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres. With Jeter at bat, Gardner stole second and Roberts scored on catcher d’Arnaud’s error for a 7-4 Yanks lead. Torres then got Jeter on a ground ball to d’Arnaud for the inning’s final out.

D’Arnaud drew a walk against Yankees’ reliever Alfredo Aceves to open the top of the seventh. Tejada was struck out and Eric Young homered to cut the Yanks’ lead to 7-6. Murphy hit a single and Aceves threw a called third strike past Wright. With Granderson at bat against the Yankees’ Matt Thornton, Murphy was caught stealing second base for the third out of the inning. Mets’ relievers Scott Rice and Jenrry Mejia then combined for a scoreless bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Eric Campbell doubled against Thornton with one out in the top of the eighth. Duda followed with a single to drive home Campbell and tie the game at 7-7. On his own hit, Duda advanced to second base via a throw. Against Yanks’ reliever Preston Claiborne, Chris Young clouted a homer to put the Mets ahead by two runs. D’Arnaud was called out on strikes and Tejada doubled. Claiborne retired Eric Young on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Ellsbury. Mejia then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Claiborne gave up only a single to Murphy in the top of the ninth. Jeter drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Kyle Farnsworth to lead off the bottom of the inning. Ellsbury flied out to center fielder Juan Lagares and a single by pinch-hitter Mark Teixeira followed. Farnsworth then got McCann to hit a grounder to Duda for a double play that ended the game. The Mets had an exciting victory over their cross-city rivals.