May 13, 2014: Mets Defeat Yanks for Sixth Straight Time

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Date: May 13, 2014
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 12
Yankees: 7
Winning pitcher: Daisuke Matsuzaka
Key player(s): Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson, David Wright
Key play: Granderson’s and Murphy’s home runs, Wright’s singles

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Tuesday night in the Bronx. The teams played a game that lasted three hours and fifty-eight minutes. The Mets recorded their sixth consecutive win over their cross-city rivals with a 12-7 victory.

Eric Young was hit by a pitch to open the top of the first inning. Daniel Murphy drew a walk and advanced to third base on David Wright’s single that brought home Eric Young. Chris Young popped out to second baseman Brian Roberts and a three-run homer by Curtis Granderson extended the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Yanks’ starter Vidal Nuno threw a called third strike past Juan Lagares and a single by Lucas Duda followed. Nuno then retired Travis d'Arnaud on a fly ball to center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury for the third out.

Brett Gardner singled against Mets’ starter Zack Wheeler to lead off the bottom of the first. Derek Jeter drew a walk and Ellsbury grounded to shortstop Ruben Tejada for a double play. Mark Teixeira hit a single to drive home Gardner. Brian McCann followed with a two-run homer to make the score 4-3. Wheeler then got Alfonso Soriano to line out to right fielder Granderson and finish off the inning.

After a scoreless second, Wright doubled to begin the top of the third. David advanced to third base after Chris Young’s fly out to Ellsbury. Granderson drew a walk and moved to second on Lagares’s sacrifice fly that plated Wright. Duda walked and d’Arnaud flied out to right fielder Soriano to end the inning. Wheeler then shut down the Yankees in the bottom half.

Tejada drew a walk against Nuno to open the top of the fourth. Eric Young reached second base (with Tejada going to third) on an error by third baseman Yangervis Solarte. Eric went to third after Murphy’s sacrifice fly that scored Tejada. Against Yanks’ reliever Alfredo Aceves, Wright singled to drive home Eric Young and lengthen the Mets’ lead to 7-3. Aceves set down the next two batters to close out the inning and consecutive walks by Solarte and Kelly Johnson began the bottom half. Roberts flied out to Granderson and a single by Gardner brought home Solarte. Jeter then hit a ground ball back to Wheeler for an inning-ending double play.

Lagares got a leadoff double in the top of the fifth. Duda was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Gardner. D’Arnaud grounded out to shortstop Jeter and a single by Tejada scored Lagares. Eric Young drew a walk and Murphy followed with a three-run homer that struck the pole down the right field line for an 11-4 Mets lead. Aceves then got Wright on a called third strike to end the inning.

Ellsbury drew a walk against Wheeler to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Teixeira popped out to third baseman Wright and a single by McCann ensued. Soriano hit a single to drive home Ellsbury with the Yankees’ fifth run of the game. Mets’ reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka retired Solarte on a fly ball to left fielder Chris Young. Matsuzaka then threw a called third strike past Johnson for the inning’s final out.

Matsuzaka and Yanks’ reliever Matt Daley each pitched scoreless and hitless sixth and seventh innings. Daley hurled a perfect top of the eighth and Solarte homered to begin the bottom half. Johnson drew a walk and Roberts followed with a double play grounder to Tejada. Matsuzaka retired Gardner on a fly ball to center fielder Lagares that closed out the inning and Granderson singled against the Yankees’ Preston Claiborne to lead off the top of the ninth. Lagares grounded out to Solarte and a double by Duda plated Granderson, increasing the Mets’ lead to 12-6. Claiborne then fanned d’Arnaud and got Tejada on a fly ball to Ellsbury to finish off the inning.

Jeter and Ellsbury drew back-to-back walks against Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia to start the bottom of the ninth. Teixeira flied out to Lagares and a single by McCann drove home Jeter with the seventh run for the Yankees. Familia struck out Soriano and retired Solarte on a ground ball to Wright for the final out of the game. The Mets had another victory over the “Bronx Bombers.”