Monday, April 27, 2015

Recap: Yankees 6, Mets 4

Alex Rodriguez inched ever closer to career home run #660, driving a John Niese offering just over the right-field wall in the first to help the Yankees beat the Mets, 6-4, on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

An A-Bomb: With the Yankees down 2-0 early against Niese, Rodriguez clubbed a 2-2 changeup into the Yanks' bullpen -- his fifth homer of the year and first since April 17. It landed on top of the wall before bouncing past, giving A-Rod one of his two RBI on the evening. 

Eovaldi Struggles: Coming off a solid outing in Detroit on Tuesday, Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi had some trouble in this one's first few innings -- surrendering two earned runs in both the first and third to keep the Mets within striking distance. He allowed a solo shot to Curtis Granderson to start the first, ultimately finishing with just 4 1/3 innings and seven hits under his belt. 

Hits, Hits, and More Hits: The Yankees' bats went to work with two outs in the bottom of the second, tying and taking the advantage on a pair of run-scoring doubles by Gregorio Petit and Brett Gardner. A Chris Young RBI single and a Michael Cuddyer throwing error immediately followed Gardner's knock, further stretching the Yanks' new lead to 5-2. 

That Was Embarrassing: The Mets had a man on first in the sixth when third baseman Eric Campbell apparently forgot how many outs there were on a routine flyout to right -- rounding second and heading for third as Carlos Beltran made the easy catch. Campbell indeed seemed to think there were two outs in the frame when there was actually one, resulting in an effortless double play to end the threat. 

Bullpen Dominates: The Yankees' relief core didn't yield so much as a hit in 4 2/3 innings, retiring 12 of 16 total Mets to continue its great first month of the season. Chasen Shreve, Chris Martin and Justin Wilson recorded the first eight outs after Eovaldi's removal, with Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller pitching scoreless eighth and ninths. 

Next Up: The Yankees resume this homestand Monday when they battle the Rays in the first of three in the Bronx -- beginning at 7:05 p.m. ET and airing live on the YES Network. Adam Warren (1-1, 5.40 ERA) will get the nod for the Yankees looking to win his second straight, facing young Rays right-hander Nathan Karns (1-1, 5.32 ERA).

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