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  • Yankees @ Mets: 07/02 7:10 PM ET; WPIX, YES, MLBN; WCBS, ESPN, WFAN

    GAME 86, HOME GAME 38

    Tuesday, 2nd July
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field










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    Mets Attempt to Offer Yankees Unwelcome Homecoming

    The New York Mets traveled fewer than 1,000 miles last week in search of a much-needed win that they finally enjoyed Sunday night. The New York Yankees have traveled almost 7,000 round-trip miles between one ocean and two continents since their most recent loss.

    The host Mets will attempt to offer an unwelcome homecoming to the Yankees on Tuesday night when the two teams square off in the opener of a two-game Subway Series.

    Right-hander Zack Wheeler (6-5, 4.51 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Mets against Yankees left-hander James Paxton (5-3, 4.34 ERA).

    Both teams were off Monday after earning notable wins Sunday. The Mets snapped their seven-game losing streak by scoring five runs in the eighth inning to beat the visiting Atlanta Braves, 8-5. The Yankees ran their winning streak to five games as they capped an eventful two-game series in London by scoring nine times in the seventh to come back and beat the Boston Red Sox, 12-8.

    The late comeback by the Mets -- which was capped by back-to-back, two-RBI hits by All-Stars Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso -- served as an ironic end to a losing streak in which they blew leads in the sixth inning or later five times.

    The Mets' bullpen posted a 10.03 (26 earned runs in 23 1/3 innings) during the skid, which began June 23 against the Cubs in Chicago and continued through a four-game series in Philadelphia as well as the first two games of the homestand against the Braves.

    "We talk about it all the time: These guys don't give up," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Sunday night. "You lose a bunch in a row and you're down late, you've got to keep on fighting. And that's what these guys did."

    Unfortunately for the Mets, the Yankees have proven pretty adept at taking advantage of suspect bullpens.

    During their five-game winning streak, the Yankees tattooed the bullpens of Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays for 26 runs (25 earned) in 22 innings. That total was inflated by the video-game dimensions of London Stadium, where the left and right field fences were just 330 feet from home plate and center field was just 385 feet. The Yankees racked up 19 runs in 12 1/3 innings against Boston relievers.

    "If we played 81 games here, it'd be a lot of fun," Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge said following the first Major League Baseball games ever played in London. "We enjoyed it out here. We came in and did what we wanted to do -- get a couple of wins and put on a show for the fans."

    Wheeler didn't factor into the decision in his most recent start last Thursday, when he gave up one run over six innings as the Mets fell to the Phillies, 6-3. Paxton also didn't receive a decision last Wednesday, when he allowed six runs over 4 1/3 innings in the Yankees' 8-7 win over the Blue Jays.

    Wheeler is 0-1 with a 10.00 ERA in two career starts against the Yankees. Paxton is 1-1 with a 6.23 ERA in two starts against the Mets.

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      • Since both teams began play in their current stadiums in 2009, the Yankees have been better against the Mets at Citi Field (17-9, .654) than at Yankee Stadium (16-12, .571). Yankee pitching has a 2.45 ERA over that span at Citi Field and a 4.46 mark against the Mets at Yankee Stadium.
      • The Yankees have won 13 of their last 14, scoring 115 runs over this span (8.2 per game). The last team to meet these marks over any 14-game span (13 wins, 115 runs) was the 2004 Astros.
      • DJ LeMahieu's 14-game hitting streak is the longest in the majors and the longest by any Yankee in 2019. He has 18 hits over his last six games, the most by a Yankee over six games since Bernie Williams also had 18 in 2002.
      • The Mets snapped a season-high seven-game losing streak with a win over the Braves on Sunday. The bullpen blew five save opportunities over the losing streak, and the Mets have blown 39 leads this season, third most in MLB.
      • Pete Alonso hit his 28th home run of the season in the Mets' last series, the most ever by a National League rookie prior to the All-Star break (since 1933). Only three American League rookies ever hit as many prior to the break -- Aaron Judge (30, 2017), Jose Abreu (29, 2014) and Mark McGwire (33, 1987).
      • Didi Gregorius has had four straight multi-hit games, totaling nine hits and eight runs over these games. He's one of three American Leaguers to notch nine hits and eight runs over a four-game span this season, along with Max Kepler and George Springer.
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          Top of 1:
          Yankees first. LeMahieu struck out. Judge walked on a full count. Hicks struck out. G.Sánchez grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó, Judge out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 1:
          Mets first. McNeil hit an infield single to shortstop. Alonso flied out to right fielder Judge. McNeil was caught stealing, catcher G.Sánchez to second baseman Torres, McNeil out. Davis flied out to right fielder Judge.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 2:
          Yankees second. Gregorius singled to right. Encarnación singled to left, Gregorius to second. Torres singled to left, Gregorius scored, Encarnación to third. Gardner grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Canó, Torres out. Paxton sacrificed, catcher Ramos to first baseman Alonso, Encarnación scored, Gardner to second. LeMahieu struck out.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 3

          Bottom of 2:
          Mets second. Frazier singled to center. Canó singled to left, Frazier to second. Ramos popped out to second baseman Torres. Conforto grounded into a double play, second baseman Torres to shortstop Gregorius to first baseman Encarnación, Canó out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 2

          Top of 3:
          Yankees third. Judge grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Hicks struck out. G.Sánchez struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 3:
          Mets third. Rosario singled to right. Wheeler fouled out on a bunt to catcher G.Sánchez. McNeil grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman Torres to shortstop Gregorius, Rosario out. Alonso walked on a full count, McNeil to second. Davis struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 4:
          Yankees fourth. Gregorius popped out to shortstop Rosario. Encarnación struck out. Torres grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 4:
          Mets fourth. Frazier grounded out, third baseman LeMahieu to first baseman Encarnación. Canó flied out to right fielder Judge. Ramos lined out to right fielder Judge.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 5:
          Yankees fifth. Gardner singled to center. Paxton sacrificed, pitcher Wheeler to second baseman Canó, Gardner to second. LeMahieu grounded out, pitcher Wheeler to first baseman Alonso, Gardner to third. Judge struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 5:
          Mets fifth. Conforto struck out. Rosario singled to left. Wheeler fouled out on a bunt to catcher G.Sánchez. McNeil singled to right, Rosario to second. Alonso struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 2

          Top of 6:
          Yankees sixth. Hicks doubled to center. G.Sánchez grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Gregorius flied out to center fielder Conforto, Hicks to third. Encarnación grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Wheeler.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 6:
          Mets sixth. Davis homered to right on a 3-1 count. Frazier lined out to left fielder Gardner. Canó singled to center. Ramos walked, Canó to second. Conforto grounded into a double play, second baseman Torres to shortstop Gregorius to first baseman Encarnación, Ramos out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Top of 7:
          Yankees seventh. Torres struck out. J.Wilson pitching. Gardner grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted. Urshela pinch-hitting for Paxton. Urshela lined out to second baseman Canó.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 7:
          Mets seventh. Kahnle pitching. Rosario struck out. Smith pinch-hitting for J.Wilson. Smith lined out to right fielder Judge. McNeil grounded out, first baseman Encarnación to pitcher Kahnle.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 8:
          Yankees eighth. Lugo pitching. LeMahieu grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Judge lined out to center fielder Conforto. Hicks walked. G.Sánchez grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Canó, Hicks out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 8:
          Mets eighth. Ottavino pitching. Alonso safe at first on throwing error by third baseman LeMahieu. Davis doubled to center, Alonso scored. Lagares pinch-running for Davis. Frazier struck out. Canó was intentionally walked. Ramos singled to left, Lagares to third, Canó to second. Britton pitching. Conforto doubled to left, Lagares scored, Canó scored, Ramos to third. Rosario grounded out, shortstop Gregorius to first baseman Encarnación. Hechavarría pinch-hitting for Lugo. Hechavarría grounded out, third baseman LeMahieu to first baseman Encarnación.
          Runs: 3, Hits: 3

          Top of 9:
          Yankees ninth. McNeil in as left fielder. Lagares in as center fielder. Conforto in as right fielder. Díaz pitching. Gregorius hit an infield single to first. Encarnación struck out. Torres flied out to center fielder Lagares. Gregorius stole second. Gardner struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

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            Mets Rally in 8th Again, Beat Yankees 4-2 in Subway Series

            by MIKE FITZPATRICK

            -- All night long, Michael Conforto had chances to come through. Once he finally did, the New York Mets were riding high at Citi Field.

            Conforto busted out of his slump in a big way, hitting a two-run double that snapped an eighth-inning tie and lifted the Mets over the New York Yankees 4-2 on Tuesday.

            "It felt great. Definitely, that's a good way to break out, for sure," Conforto said. "Anytime you can change the game with a big hit, especially in a Subway Series, it's going to feel good."

            On the other side of the city rivalry, the Yankees failed to homer for the first time in 32 games - ending their major league-record streak.

            J.D. Davis did homer and also delivered a tying double to help the Mets rally from behind in the eighth for the second consecutive game. They scored five times in their final turn at bat Sunday night to beat the Braves, ending a seven-game slide.

            "We're never out of the fight. We always come back, especially late in the game," Davis said.

            A tough error on third baseman DJ LeMahieu helped the fourth-place Mets (39-47) take down another division leader after they were stymied by James Paxton for six innings. General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen watched the first 4 1/2 innings from the center field bleachers with the 7 Line Army of orange-clad Mets fans.

            Back from London, where they won two slugfests against the rival Red Sox last weekend, the Yankees had their five-game winning streak stopped and lost for only the second time in their past 15.

            "Our bullpen's been fantastic. They've been unreal all year long," Paxton said. "We're going to lose some games late sometimes. It doesn't happen very often with the guys we have out there."

            Seth Lugo (4-2) worked a hitless eighth and Edwin Diaz earned his 18th save in 22 attempts. With a runner aboard, catcher Wilson Ramos corralled Brett Gardner's foul tip for a game-ending strikeout after a couple of bobbles off his mitt and bare hand.

            A disappointed Gardner gave Ramos a quick pat on the back as he headed for the mound to celebrate.

            Potential trade chip Zack Wheeler struck out eight over 6 1/3 solid innings for the Mets, who split a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium last month following a rainout. The crosstown combatants play for the final time this season Wednesday night.

            "My mind's right here right now. So, trying to help this team win and that's all I'm worried about. The rest will take care of itself," Wheeler said. "This win is big for us. ... Hopefully, we can start rolling and get back in it."

            The Mets trailed 2-0 before Davis hit a leadoff homer against Paxton in the sixth. Davis tied it with an RBI double to center field off Adam Ottavino (3-3) in the eighth, just beyond a diving Aaron Hicks - who was shaded well over toward right-center.

            With the bases loaded and one out, Zack Britton entered for a lefty-lefty matchup with Conforto, who drove the first pitch to deep left field and short-hopped the wall.

            "We just really didn't get the job done," Britton said. "Conforto right there - very rarely does he swing first pitch on our charts. So, tried to steal a strike right there, bases loaded, and then go after him. But, give him credit. He took the best pitch I probably was going to throw him and hit it hard into the gap."

            That snapped a 1-for-24 skid for a fired-up Conforto, who pumped his arms and gestured toward the Mets bench.

            "We know this guy can hit, and that's the one at-bat that it probably takes for him to just start going off like Michael Conforto can for a while," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

            Earlier in the game, Conforto grounded into a pair of inning-ending double plays with two on.

            "Honestly, just a little frustrated," he said. "But that's why we play nine innings, and I knew I was going to get another shot at the end of the game."

            Gleyber Torres had an RBI single for the Yankees in the second, and Paxton got his first career RBI with a well-executed safety squeeze.


            As the international signing period opened, the Yankees inked highly touted 16-year-old Jasson Dominguez, a switch-hitting center fielder from the Dominican Republic, for a reported record $5.1 million - nearly all that was available in their bonus pool. "He is an elite-level athlete. He has elite baseball tools," Director of International Scouting Donny Rowland said on a conference call. "He's the kind of player that kind of makes the hair on your arm stand up when you watch him." Rowland said it was "an easy decision" to go "all in" on Dominguez, already nicknamed The Martian for his out-of-this-world ability at his age. "Every now and then the right player comes along," Rowland said. "This one's worth it."

            WELL DONE

            In a pregame video tribute, the Mets congratulated Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia on "an outstanding career." Sabathia plans to retire after this season.

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Yankees: 1B Luke Voit was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sunday, after straining his abdomen in London. The team thinks Voit can return against Toronto during the weekend right after the All-Star break. ... Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez was in the cleanup spot after exiting Sunday's game with a jammed left thumb.

            Mets: Veteran relievers Jeurys Familia (shoulder), Justin Wilson (elbow) and Luis Avilan (elbow) were reinstated from the injured list. Wilson retired both batters he faced in the seventh.

            UP NEXT

            Yankees RHP Domingo German (9-2, 3.86 ERA) comes off the injured list to start the series finale against LHP Jason Vargas (3-3, 3.66), who won at Yankee Stadium last month to improve to 1-7 with a 6.59 ERA against the Bronx Bombers. German has been sidelined since June 8 with a strained left hip flexor.

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