The Mets powered their way to victory in the first game of the interleague Subway Series on Friday, but Saturday it was the Yankees’ turn.
Beltran got the Yankees on the board early with a three-run homer against Noah Syndergaard in the top of the first inning. Impressively, it came off a 100 mph fastball. McCann added a two-run shot in the sixth inning to stretch the lead.
The Mets’ biggest threat came in the bottom of the sixth inning after they got two on against Pineda with no outs. However, Pineda struck out Yoenis Cespedes swinging before Yankees manager Joe Girardi turned to left-hander Justin Wilson. Wilson walked Daniel Murphy to load the bases, but he bounced back to strike out David Wright and pinch-hitter Juan Uribe to escape the jam. Girardi would use five more pitchers — including three in the ninth inning — to finish off the victory. September baseball, everybody.
The Yankees (81-66) have a 4 1/2 game lead for the top Wild Card spot and sit four games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East. Meanwhile, the Mets lead the Nationals by 7 1/2 games in the National League East. Their magic number remains at eight.