NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge awed his teammates with one of the most impressive home runs in Citi Field history and Didi Gregorius delivered a tiebreaking hit to lead the Yankees past the Mets, 5-3, in Subway Series action on Wednesday evening.The rookie phenom immediately put his head down and
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge awed his teammates with one of the most impressive home runs in Citi Field history and Didi Gregorius delivered a tiebreaking hit to lead the Yankees past the Mets, 5-3, in Subway Series action on Wednesday evening.
The rookie phenom immediately put his head down and began running the bases after his American League-leading 37th homer, a titanic fourth-inning blast off Robert Gsellman. Playing his first career game in Queens, Judge joined Yoenis Cespedes as the only players to reach the third deck in left field.
"I've been feeling good every day," Judge said. "It's just about taking what you do in the cage and BP into the game. When you hit it and you kind of know you got one, you just run the bases."
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The Yankees (64-55) remained 4 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the American League East. Boston (69-51) rallied for three runs in the ninth to beat the Cardinals, 5-4, at Fenway Park.
Gregorius gave the Yanks the lead with a two-run double in the seventh off Paul Sewald, extending his road hitting streak to seven games. He reserved his raves for Judge, whose homer landed in the far-off Section 536, a projected 457 feet, according to Statcast™.
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"Every day he amazes me," Gregorius said. "He keeps hitting it further and further every time. It's unbelievable power, what he's got right there."
"You want to continue to win games," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Just win games. Don't worry about everything else. Just win games."
The victory was credited to Tommy Kahnle in relief of Jaime Garcia, who worked 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball. Rene Rivera hit a fifth-inning homer for the Mets, who have lost six of their last seven games at Citi Field, as well as all three games against the Yankees this week.
Gsellman lasted 5 1/3 innings, permitting three runs (two earned). Chase Headley and Garrett Cooper also drove in runs for the Yanks.
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"We had chances," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We pitched, played well. You look back, three bases on balls hurt us … that's one thing that's really killed us this year."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Call him 'Sir':Ronald Torreyes started the seventh with a double off Sewald and advanced on Brett Gardner's pinch-hit sacrifice bunt, preceding a walk to Jacoby Ellsbury. Aaron Hicks walked, bringing Judge up with the bases loaded. Sewald got the slugger to pop out, but Gregorius cashed the two-out hit, chasing home Torreyes and Ellsbury.
"I was just looking for a fastball," Gregorius said. "This whole series, they've been throwing me changeups and they tried to switch it up on me. I was prepared for it."
Collins' voice was hoarse from yelling during the game, and he insisted that home-plate umpire Chad Whitson missed a 3-2 pitch to Hicks.
"I thought it was a strike," Collins said. "It put us in a tough situation. I thought it was strike three."
Busy night for d': Pressed into duty as the emergency third baseman after pregame injuries to Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes, Travis d'Arnaud tied the game in the sixth by greeting Kahnle with a line drive to center field that brought home Cespedes on a sacrifice fly. The Mets moved d'Arnaud and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera creatively back and forth all night, creating a mess of 2B and 3B changes throughout the box score.
"Fortunately it worked out for us," Collins said. "That was all we had to work with today." More >
"I wanted to make a diving play down the line or rob someone of a base hit, like people do to me." -- d'Arnaud, on playing third base
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Judge struck out in the ninth inning against Erik Goeddel, marking the rookie slugger's 33rd consecutive game with a strikeout, establishing a new Major League single-season record for a non-pitcher. Judge surpassed Adam Dunn, who struck out in 32 straight games for the 2012 Reds.
"There are good pitchers in this league. You're going to get fooled sometimes," Judge said. "They're going to get you. If I keep taking my right swings and swinging at the right pitches, good things will happen. People strike out. I strike out a lot. It happens. I've just got to keep working."
FROM THE TRAINER'S ROOM
Flores and Reyes both went to the hospital before Wednesday's game to receive examinations on their rib-cage injuries. The Mets were not sure of the status of the two infielders late Wednesday, but were flying Gavin Cecchini and Matt Reynolds to New York as roster insurance.
Yankees:Luis Severino will look to bounce back from his worst start of the season on Thursday vs. the Mets at Citi Field (7:10 p.m. ET), having permitted 10 runs (eight earned) in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox. Prior to that outing, Severino had been undefeated over his previous six starts, going 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA.
Mets: The Mets hope Steven Matz can build upon his last outing, in which he allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in Philadelphia, when he starts the Subway Series finale. Matz will be looking to complete six innings for the first time in eight starts.
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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.
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