A big third inning helped the Mets win in convincing fashion in what can only be described as a Metsing by the Yankees in the Subway Series opener.
After trading runs in the first inning—the Mets’ run coming on an overturned play at the plate thanks to a poor tag from Gary Sánchez—and the Yankees taking the lead in the second on a Joey Gallo solo homer, the Mets scored nine runs before the Yankees could answer en route to a 10-3 victory in the Subway Series opener at Citi Field.
The Mets did most of their scoring in the third when Jordan Montgomery loaded the bases with nobody out on a Jonathan Villar single and walks of Francisco Lindor and Michael Conforto. Montgomery then also walked Pete Alonso to force in the tying run. The inning really took a turn for the worst for the Yankees when Javy Báez hit a sharp grounder to Gio Urshela at third and in his haste to try to turn a double play, Urshela unleashed a throw from his knees wide of the plate past Sánchez, allowing Villar to come home with the go-ahead run. The Mets didn’t look back after that. Jeff McNeil followed with a cheeky bases-loaded drag bunt to drive in another run and a sac fly from Kevin Pillar and a double from James McCann rounded out the five-run inning for the Mets off Montgomery.
Francisco Lindor added to the Mets’ lead in the fourth with a solo homer that knocked Montgomery out of the game. An infield single by Michael Conforto and an RBI double by Javy Báez off Joely Rodriguez added yet another run. Michael King would come in and give the Yankees strong work in relief…until he completely lost it in the seventh, loading the bases by plunking two straight batters after a Javy Báez single (his third hit of the night). James McCann then hit into what should have been a tailor made double play, but Gleyber Torres sailed the throw to first, scoring two more runs to extend the Mets’ lead to eight and worsening the nightmare for the Yankees.
Meanwhile, after the homer by Gallo in the second inning, Tylor Megill settled into cruise control, pitching seven brilliant innings and striking out ten batters—a career high. Heath Hembree tossed a scoreless eighth inning in relief of Megill and Yennsy Díaz surrendered what was ultimately a harmless solo homer to Anthony Rizzo in the ninth before retiring the next three batters in order to secure the lopsided victory for the Mets.
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