Yanks edge Mets in 10th on Starlin's sac fly

August 2nd, 2016

NEW YORK -- Once Monday afternoon's non-waiver Trade Deadline chaos settled into quiet, after the Mets acquired from the Reds and the Yankees dealt to Texas, a sold-out crowd piled into Citi Field for what was theoretically still the day's main event.

The New York rivals did not disappoint with an extra-inning Subway Series affair that the Yankees won, 6-5, on 's sacrifice fly in the 10th.

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"It's been a little bit tough, because we lost good people in the trade," Castro said. "We just continue to grind it out. Like we did today. We forget it. We're going to miss those guys but we try to go out there, have some fun."

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Trailing for most of the later innings, the Yankees tied things on ' bloop two-run single against , who had strung together 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings before that hit. The Yankees then loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th against , the last man available out of the Mets' bullpen, before Castro's sacrifice fly put them ahead.

Anchoring a patchwork lineup with multiple regulars injured and Bruce not yet on the ground in Queens, hit a three-run homer and added a solo shot to highlight a five-run assault on Yankees starter . But the Yankees managed three runs off Sabathia's counterpart, , before rallying late against a shorthanded bullpen.

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"They're pretty frustrating," Mets manager Terry Collins said of his team's recent run of late-inning losses, including two blown saves from last week. "But it's baseball. We'd like to get in that situation every night where we've got the lead and those guys coming into the game. We'll take our chances."

With off to Chicago and in Cleveland, locked down the ninth for his first save as the Yankees' new closer. The Mets had runners on second and third with two outs, but Betances struck out swinging.

"I'm very proud of the way he battled back in that last inning. Just shows the maturity that he's had over the past three years," Sabathia said of Betances.


Dunkin' Didi: Facing an 0-2 count with two runners on in the eighth, Gregorius went to work against Reed. He managed to work the count to 2-2, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Finally, on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, and Torreyes scored to knot the game at 5 as Gregorius dunked a fastball to the opposite field for a bloop single.

Rey of hope: Called up before the game to fill in for the injured , Reynolds flew through the night from Las Vegas to New York City, unable to sleep due to an uncomfortable aisle seat. Any negative effects from that adventure did not last long. Reynolds smoked his three-run homer off Sabathia in the sixth inning, turning a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead. More >

"I just go out there and I try to do the best I can," Reynolds said. "I've been fortunate to get some good pitches to hit and I haven't missed them. I don't think there's any special reason why. I just think when I'm up here, I'm comfortable and I get locked in."

Top o' the order: After an attempt to manufacture a run by himself in the first inning in the form of an inside-the-park home run ended with him being thrown out at the plate -- Statcast™ clocked his trip around the bases at 14.89 seconds, fastest of any player this season -- Gardner put the Yankees ahead with a double in the fifth. More >

then gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead with a single one pitch later. Ellsbury also scored the Yankees' first run when he scored from third on a wild pitch the inning prior.


"He just was encouraging me that things were going to be OK either way. He was trying to be a team guy and a leader and a mentor. He was just trying to make sure I was going to be OK." -- Mets outfielder , a rumored piece in the Bruce trade, on his pregame chat with


Flores' second annual Trade Deadline home run highlighted a two-hit night off Sabathia, upping his slugging percentage to .639 against left-handed pitchers since the start of last season. That's third best in the Majors, behind only and .


Appearing in his third game with the Mets, outfielder departed after three innings due to a left hamstring strain. With and Cabrera also taking up active roster spots but unavailable, the Mets' bench was short enough that they asked pitcher to serve as a pinch-hitter in the sixth. Matz drew a walk, chasing Sabathia from the game. More >


Yankees: The Yankees might have a new-look bullpen, but their starting rotation is mostly still intact. Ace takes the hill Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET in the second game at Citi Field. The right-hander surrendered four earned runs and seven hits in five innings against Houston last time out and hopes to deliver a bounceback outing and a Yankees victory.

Mets: Bruce will make his Mets debut Tuesday, likely playing right field and batting cleanup against the Yankees at Citi Field. The Mets on Monday acquired Bruce from the Reds for prospects and Max Wotell. The nine-year veteran slugger will start behind pitcher .

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