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.

Astros extend winning streak to 11 games

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The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.

The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.

Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.

After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.