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  • Yankees @ Mets: 07/03 7:10 PM ET; SNY, YES, ESPN; WCBS, ESPN, WFAN

    GAME 87, HOME GAME 39

    Wednesday, 3rd July
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field










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    Mets, Vargas Go For Series Win vs. Yankees

    The New York Mets hope Tuesday's win over the New York Yankees is the start of an unlikely surge back into contention.

    There's a pretty good body of evidence suggesting that Tuesday's loss is an outlier for the first-place Yankees, and not the beginning of a downward spiral.

    The Mets will look to earn a season series win from their crosstown rivals Wednesday night when they host the Yankees in the finale of a two-game Subway Series.

    Left-hander Jason Vargas (3-3, 3.66 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Mets against right-hander Domingo German (9-2, 3.86), who is expected to be activated off the injured list.

    The Mets rode a late comeback to victory for the second straight game Tuesday, when Michael Conforto's two-run double capped a three-run eighth inning that lifted them to a 4-2 win.

    The victory was a rare blueprint win for the Mets, who improved to 39-47 -- the third-worst record in the National League -- after receiving 6 1/3 solid innings from starter Zack Wheeler before relievers Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz blanked the Yankees.

    It was the first time Mets relievers have tossed scoreless ball since three pitchers combined to blank the Chicago Cubs over the final 4 1/3 innings of a 5-4 win June 21. The Mets' bullpen posted an 8.79 ERA over the next eight games, the first seven of which were losses before the Mets scored five runs in the eighth inning of an 8-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

    "This win's a big win for us," Wheeler told reporters. "Hopefully we can get it going from here. It's a good win against a good team. We were able to keep them off the board and put some hits together late."

    The Mets did something Tuesday no team had done against the Yankees since before Memorial Day: Prevent the Bronx Bombers from homering.

    The Yankees' major league-record 31-game home run streak -- during which they went an American League-best 20-11 and led the AL with 203 runs -- ended Tuesday. Even with the loss, the Yankees (54-29) still have the best record in the AL.

    "We have really good players and they're really good hitters," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "I think they all kind of help each other with (a) kind of strength in numbers. They typically are able to wear down a pitching staff as a group."

    Vargas didn't factor into the decision in his most recent start last Wednesday, when he allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings as the Mets lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4. German last pitched June 7, when he took the loss after giving up four runs over six innings as the Yankees fell to the Cleveland Indians 5-2. He was placed on the injured list three days later due to a left hip injury.

    Vargas is 1-7 with a 6.59 ERA in 12 career appearances (11 starts) against the Yankees. German is 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA in two starts against the Mets.

    With a win Wednesday in the fourth and final game of the year between the Big Apple rivals, the Mets will take the season series from the Yankees for just the fourth time since interleague play began in 1997. The Mets also won the season series in 2004, 2008 and 2013.

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        Top of 1:
        Yankees first. LeMahieu doubled to left. Judge doubled to center, LeMahieu scored. G.Sánchez popped out to third baseman Frazier. Hicks struck out. Torres singled to center, Judge scored. Gregorius grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. McNeil homered to right on the first pitch. Alonso flied out to left fielder Gardner. Canó grounded out, third baseman Urshela to first baseman LeMahieu. Conforto struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 2:
        Yankees second. Urshela singled to center. Gardner grounded into a double play, first baseman Alonso to shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso to second baseman Canó, Urshela out. Germán struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Frazier grounded out, third baseman Urshela to first baseman LeMahieu. Smith struck out. Ramos singled to right. Rosario grounded out, third baseman Urshela to first baseman LeMahieu.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 3:
        Yankees third. LeMahieu grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Judge struck out. G.Sánchez walked on a full count. Hicks singled to right, G.Sánchez to second. Torres popped out to second baseman Canó.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. J.Vargas struck out. McNeil lined out to right fielder Judge. Alonso doubled to left. Canó fouled out to first baseman LeMahieu.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 4:
        Yankees fourth. Gregorius hit an infield single to first. Urshela grounded out, catcher Ramos to first baseman Alonso, Gregorius to second. Gardner walked on four pitches. Germán bunted into a double play, catcher Ramos to third baseman Frazier to second baseman Canó, Gregorius out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. Conforto grounded out, third baseman Urshela to first baseman LeMahieu. Frazier struck out. Smith lined out to first baseman LeMahieu.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 5:
        Yankees fifth. LeMahieu safe at first on fielding error by first baseman Alonso. Judge struck out. G.Sánchez struck out. Hicks grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman Canó unassisted, LeMahieu out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. Ramos grounded out, third baseman Urshela to first baseman LeMahieu. Rosario singled to center. J.Vargas sacrificed, pitcher Germán to second baseman Torres, Rosario to second. McNeil grounded out, second baseman Torres to first baseman LeMahieu.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 6:
        Yankees sixth. Torres struck out. Gregorius homered to right on a 2-2 count. Font pitching. Urshela homered to left on a full count. Gardner grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso. Germán struck out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. Alonso struck out. Canó flied out to center fielder Hicks. Conforto singled to left. Frazier struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 7:
        Yankees seventh. LeMahieu doubled to right. Judge grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. G.Sánchez lined out to left fielder Smith. Hicks walked. Torres singled to center, LeMahieu scored, Hicks to third. Matz pitching. Gregorius grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Green pitching. Smith struck out. Ramos singled to center. Rosario lined out to right fielder Judge. Guillorme pinch-hitting for Matz. Guillorme struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 8:
        Yankees eighth. Gsellman pitching. Urshela walked on a full count. Gardner struck out. Green struck out. LeMahieu grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. McNeil grounded out, third baseman Urshela to first baseman LeMahieu. Alonso hit an infield single to second. Canó struck out. Conforto struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 9:
        Yankees ninth. Familia pitching. Judge struck out. G.Sánchez struck out. Hicks grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Familia.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 9:
        Mets ninth. Cortes Jr. pitching. Frazier flied out to center fielder Hicks. Smith grounded out, first baseman LeMahieu unassisted. Ramos lined out to right fielder Judge.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

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          Germán Cruises in Return, Urshela Helps Yanks Beat Mets 5-1

          by JAKE SEINER

          -- Domingo German felt solid coming off the injured list. He was happy to get a little support nonetheless.

          German pitched six sharp innings in his return from injury, Didi Gregorius and Gio Urshela hit consecutive homers, and the New York Yankees beat the Mets 5-1 Wednesday night.

          German (10-2) allowed a run over six innings, giving up five hits and no walks. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out six and threw 80 pitches in a tidy return from a strained left hip flexor, which had sidelined him since June 8.

          "I think I felt very strong out there," German said through a translator.

          He got an appreciated lift from his defense, and Urshela in particular. The third baseman made three stellar defensive plays.

          "Magnificent," German said. "In my humble opinion, I think he's a candidate to win the Gold Glove."

          The AL East-leading Yankees have won 14 of 16 overall and forced a four-game split in this year's Subway Series. Gregorius had two hits for his career-best sixth straight multi hit game. Gleyber Torres added two hits and two RBIs.

          The Mets haven't won the season series since 2013. Jason Vargas (3-4) settled after a rocky first inning, pitching three-run ball into the sixth. The left-hander struck out six and allowed seven hits and two walks.

          Jeff McNeil homered on German's first pitch, but the Mets failed to rally following consecutive comeback victories against the Braves and Yankees. The Mets have lost eight of 10.

          DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge hit consecutive doubles leading off the first, and Torres scored Judge with a single for a 2-0 lead.

          McNeil countered with his shot in the bottom of the inning, the All-Star's seventh long ball this season.

          Vargas slowed things down with a steady dose of changeups and kept the Yankees in check until Gregorius' solo homer in the sixth. Wilmer Font relieved Vargas and allowed Urshela's shot, which made it 4-1 Yankees.

          "He kept them off balance, kept the ball underneath the zone when he needed to, and he gave us a chance," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "Another great outing by him."

          Vargas said he lost his concentration on Gregorius' shot.

          "I just made a mistake," the veteran said. "I just really lost focus, a complete lack of focus."

          A night earlier, the Mets ended the Yankees' major league-record homer streak at 31 games.

          Chad Green pitched two scoreless innings for New York, striking out four. The right-hander has thrown 11 2/3 shutout innings over his last seven outings.

          Mets left-hander Steven Matz made his first relief appearance since being moved to the bullpen until after the All-Star break. He faced one batter, retiring Gregorius leading off the seventh on four pitches.

          GOLD GIO

          Urshela twice backhanded grounders and threw on the run from foul territory to get outs at first base early in the game, then dived into the hole and threw from a seated position to nab McNeil on a hard grounder in the eighth. The last stop came after Urshela's left glute tightened up as he rounded the bases on his homer, which had manager Aaron Boone ready to pull him from the game. Urshela was stretched out by trainers and told Boone he could stay in.

          "We've seen him make some really, really special plays that not a lot of guys do, frankly," Boone said.


          German was up to 96.6 mph with his fastball and threw 56 strikes.

          "Stuff, tempo, command, everything," Boone said. "That was the good, dominant version of German."

          NOT KIDDING

          Boone called it "a joke" that Torres has not been added to the AL All-Star team. The 22-year-old - an All-Star last year as a rookie - entered Wednesday batting .295 with 19 home runs and a .907 OPS.

          FARM FEAST

          The Yankees' Dominican Summer League team beat the Twins' affiliate 38-2 on Wednesday.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Yankees: Boone said RHP Dellin Betances is "90%" recovered from the lat strain that has kept him out all season. Betances is still about a week away from resuming throwing. ... TV play-by-play announcer Michael Kay saw a specialist in Boston on Wednesday and will have surgery to correct an issue with his vocal cord. He expects to miss about a month.

          Mets: OF J.D. Davis stayed at home with a stomach virus. ... INF Jed Lowrie is "not close" to beginning a minor league rehab assignment, Callaway said. Lowrie signed a $20 million, two-year deal in the offseason but hasn't played yet this year. Asked what Lowrie's injury is, Callaway declined to provide specifics, saying only it was a left side issue. Callaway said Lowrie has been participating in baseball activities at the team's facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

          UP NEXT

          Yankees: Start a four-game series at Tampa Bay to close out the first half. LHP J.A. Happ (7-4, 5.23) pitched five innings of two-run ball against the Rays on June 18. Tampa Bay will start RHP Yonny Chirinos (7-4, 3.10).

          Mets: Open a three-game home series against Philadelphia on Friday. Mets All-Star RHP Jacob deGrom (4-7, 3.32) faces RHP Vince Velasquez (2-5, 4.73).

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