September 18, 2015: Three Home Runs Put Away Yankees

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Date: September 18, 2015
Mets starter: Steven Matz
Mets: 5
Yankees: 1
Winning pitcher: Steven Matz
Key player(s): Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, Juan Uribe
Key play: Mets' home runs

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a Subway Series. The Mets hit three home runs in a 5-1 win.

Brett Gardner drew a walk against Mets' starter Steven Matz to lead off the top of the first inning. Chase Headley flied out to right fielder Curtis Granderson and a single by Carlos Beltran advanced Gardner to third base. Chris Young hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Gardner for a 1-0 Yanks lead. Matz retired John Ryan Murphy on a ground ball to third baseman David Wright to end the inning. The Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Matz hurled a scoreless top of the second. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Lucas Duda connected for a home run to tie the game at 1-1. Travis d'Arnaud was retired on a grounder back to Tanaka. Michael Conforto grounded out to second baseman Brendan Ryan to finish off the inning and Matz set down the side on three straight outfield fly balls in the top of the third. Tanaka then retired all three batters in the bottom half.

After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Chris Young singled to open the top of the sixth. Gregory Bird followed with a force play ground ball to second baseman Daniel Murphy. John Ryan Murphy grounded out to Wright and an infield single by Didi Gregorius sent Bird to third base. Matz got Ryan to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Wilmer Flores that closed out the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Daniel Murphy homered to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Wright hit a single and Tanaka retired Duda on a ground ball to Ryan to end the inning.

Mets' reliever Hansel Robles pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Flores got a two-out single against the Yankees' Chasen Shreve in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Juan Uribe followed with a two-run homer to extend the Mets' lead to 4-1. Shreve retired Granderson on a line drive to center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to finish off the inning and the Mets' Addison Reed set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Daniel Murphy tripled against the Yanks' Branden Pinder with one out in the bottom half. Wright drew a walk and Yankees' reliever James Pazos threw a wild pitch that brought home pinch-runner Eric Young with the Mets' fifth run. Pazos retired Duda on a fly ball to Ellsbury after which Wright went to third base. The Yanks' Andrew Bailey then threw a called third strike past d'Arnaud for the inning's final out.

Pinch-hitter Dustin Ackley doubled against Mets' reliever Jeurys Familia to begin the top of the ninth. Gregorius grounded out to shortstop Ruben Tejada and a walk to pinch-hitter Alex Rodriguez followed. Ellsbury got an infield single to load the bases and Gardner flied out to left fielder Yoenis Cespedes. Familia then struck out Headley to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the series.