May 29, 2013: Five-Run 1st Buries Yankees

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Date: May 29, 2013
Mets starter: Jeremy Hefner
Mets: 9
Yankees: 4
Winning pitcher: Jeremy Hefner
Key player(s): Jeremy Hefner, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Marlon Byrd
Key play: Davis’s two-run single, Byrd’s home run, Duda’s double

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Wednesday night. The teams played three-hour and eleven-minute game in the Bronx. The Mets scored five runs in the first inning and came away with a 9-4 win.

Ruben Tejada singled against Yanks’ starter David Phelps to lead off the top of the first. Daniel Murphy hit a double to drive home Tejada and a walk to David Wright ensued. Lucas Duda went down on strikes and John Buck singled to score Murphy. Rick Ankiel drew a walk to load the bases and Marlon Byrd reached on an error by third baseman Jayson Nix to plate Wright. Ike Davis followed with a single that brought home Buck and Ankiel, increasing the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Yankees’ reliever Preston Claiborne got Mike Baxter to hit a force play grounder back to the mound. Claiborne retired Tejada on a fly ball to left fielder Ichiro Suzuki that finished off the inning. For the Mets, Jeremy Hefner pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Claiborne set down the side in order in the top of the second. Hefner hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and the Yanks’ Adam Warren retired Buck on a line drive to right fielder Brennan Boesch to begin the top of the third. Ankiel grounded out to first baseman Lyle Overbay and a homer by Byrd extended the Mets’ lead to six runs. Warren retired Davis on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Robinson Cano. Hefner then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Baxter was hit by a pitch to open the top of the fourth. Tejada and Murphy were struck out and Wright got an infield single. Duda hit a double to drive home Baxter and Wright for an 8-0 Mets lead. Warren fanned Buck for the third out of the inning and Boesch homered for the Yankees’ first run with one out in the bottom half. Suzuki singled and Nix flied out to center fielder Ankiel. Hefner then threw a called third strike past Reid Brignac to close out the inning.

Yanks’ reliever Ivan Nova pitched a scoreless top of the fifth. Hefner retired all three batters in the bottom half and Nova set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Travis Hafner singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Overbay hit a ground-rule double and Boesch got an infield single to score Hafner. Suzuki popped out to second baseman Murphy and a single by Nix drove home Overbay with the Yankees’ third run of the game. Brignac was retired on a line drive to right fielder Byrd. Hefner then got Chris Stewart to fly out to left fielder Baxter and end the inning.

Nova hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Scott Rice retired the Yanks in order in the bottom half and Nova struck out all three Mets batters in the top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Suzuki singled and moved to second base on Byrd’s error. Rice was then replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who got Nix on a grounder to shortstop Tejada that finished off the inning.

Murphy got a leadoff single in the top of the ninth. Wright popped out to Cano and a fly ball by Duda was caught by Suzuki. Buck singled and Ankiel hit a single that plated Murphy for a 9-3 Mets lead. Byrd hit an infield single to load the bases. Nova then got Davis to hit a ground ball to Overbay for the inning’s final out.

Brignac was retired on a foul fly ball to Baxter to open the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter David Adams grounded out to Tejada and a single by Brett Gardner followed. Gardner went to second base on defensive indifference and scored the Yanks’ fourth run on a single by Cano. With Hafner at the plate, Cano advanced to third on a pair of defensive indifferences. Hawkins then struck out Hafner to end the game. The Mets had defeated their cross-city rivals for the third consecutive night.