Yankees score eight in seventh to take Subway Series from Mets

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Down 3-1 after 6 1/2, the Yankees put together a furious rally in the seventh inning Sunday, scoring eight times on their way to beating the Mets 9-3 and claiming the Subway Series.

The Yankees won the final two games of the series after dropping Friday’s opener 2-1.

Mike Pelfrey’s inability to field his position cost the Mets in this one.  Pelfrey pitched well throughout, but he couldn’t handle Brett Garner’s shot up the middle to start the seventh or Derek Jeter’s that followed with none out and the bases loaded.  Two runs scored on Jeter’s hit, tying the game and getting Pelfrey replaced.

As it turned out, the Yankees were just getting started.  After a sac bunt and an intentional walk, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano delivered singles with the bases loaded.  With two outs and the Mets on their fourth pitcher of the inning, Gardner connected on a two-run double and Chris Dickerson had a two-run single, making it 9-3.

Pelfrey ended up getting charged with five runs in six-plus innings, ending his string of quality starts at three.  He dropped to 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA in five starts against the Yankees.

Ivan Nova almost hung around long enough to get the win for the Yankees.  He allowed three runs in the second, but the Mets kept threatening and coming up empty after that.  They had two hits in the third, a hit and a walk before Jose Reyes grounded into a double play in the fourth and then three hits without scoring a run in the sixth.  He ended up pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing 11 hits.

The victory kept the Yankees virtually tied with the Rays for first place in the AL East.  They’re 25-20, while the Rays are 26-21.

Video: Matt Carpenter makes history with three home runs, two doubles

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Matt Carpenter pulled his weight and then some during the Cardinals’ 18-5 win on Friday, becoming just the second player in MLB history to tally three home runs and two doubles in the same game… and the first-ever to do so in the first six innings of a single game.

Carpenter wasted little time getting the Cardinals on the board, first drawing a full count against Cubs lefty Jon Lester, then ricocheting a 92.4-MPH fastball off the scoreboard in right field for a leadoff home run. He returned in the second inning for another two-run shot and capped a seven-run spread in the fifth with an RBI double (his first double of the game was a leadoff hit in the fourth) before polishing off his performance with a third, three-run homer in the sixth.

Following Friday’s explosive five-run, seven-RBI performance, Carpenter is now batting .274/.381/.576 on the year with 23 home runs, 30 doubles and a .957 OPS in 388 PA. The last player to record five extra-base hits in one game was the Cubs’ Kris Bryant, who collected four runs and six RBI for the team back in June 2016. As MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch pointed out, Carpenter might have set another franchise record for most home runs in a game had interim manager Mike Shildt not removed him from the game in the bottom of the sixth. The record is still held by former club outfielder Mark Whiten, who collected four home runs (and a staggering 12 RBI) against the Reds in September 1993.