NEW YORK -- Sonny Gray hurled six-plus solid innings and outpitched Jacob deGrom to pick up his first win in pinstripes, and Albertin Chapman survived a bumpy ninth inning as the Yankees defeated the Mets, 5-4, on Tuesday evening, concluding the Yankee Stadium portion of the Subway Series.Backed by homers
NEW YORK -- Sonny Gray hurled six-plus solid innings and outpitched Jacob deGrom to pick up his first win in pinstripes, and Albertin Chapman survived a bumpy ninth inning as the Yankees defeated the Mets, 5-4, on Tuesday evening, concluding the Yankee Stadium portion of the Subway Series.
Backed by homers from Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez, Gray made his first home start since being acquired by the Yanks and held the Mets scoreless until Dominic Smith's first big league homer in the seventh. Working in front of a sellout crowd of 46,474, the right-hander scattered five hits in a 104-pitch effort, walking two and striking out five.
"It was nice. The crowd was great," Gray said. "I was just trying to go out there and pitch my game, and not let anything from the outside affect my mindset and what I really wanted to do out there. It was a fun game overall. Any time you come away with the win, it makes it that much better."
With the victory, the Yankees remained 4 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the American League East chase. Boston defeated the Cardinals, 10-4, at Fenway Park.
deGrom was peppered for five runs and nine hits over 7 1/3 innings. Aaron Hicks knocked in a run with a third-inning single, Ellsbury hit a two-run shot in the fourth -- his second in three games -- and Sanchez cleared the left-field wall in the sixth. It was Sanchez's fourth homer in seven games and his 21st overall.
"I've been working with the hitting coaches and right now I'm getting good results," Sanchez said through an interpreter. "I want to keep doing what I'm doing right now and keep helping the team win."
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Sanchez added a sacrifice fly in the eighth that chased deGrom, which proved to be crucial when Chapman served up a two-run homer to Amed Rosario.
"That's why I think he's going to be a great player," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Rosario. "Any time we've asked him to step up in a big situation, be it offensively or defensively, he's made the play."
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Hotter than Ells: Ellsbury turned on a 95.4-mph deGrom heater and smacked it into the right-field seats for his sixth blast of the season. The ball came off Ellsbury's bat at 105.8 mph, according to Statcast™. Prior to his homer on Saturday against Boston, Ellsbury hadn't homered since May 7 at Wrigley Field, a span of 147 at-bats.
"I've felt pretty good maybe since [last week in] Cleveland," Ellsbury said. "I'm just working in the cage, doing everything I can, and I was happy to contribute tonight."
Welcome to The Show: Smith has at least one hit in four of the five games he has played since making his Major League debut on Aug. 11 at Philadelphia, and this was one he will never forget. Smith's two-run homer ended Gray's evening, carrying just over Hicks' leaping attempt into the first row of seats in left. It came off his bat at 101.9 mph and traveled a projected 373 feet.
"It feels like a big weight is lifted off your shoulders," Smith said. "You feel good that you're able to contribute."
Chapman's choppy ninth: After serving up Rosario's homer, Chapman squatted at the front of the mound, seemingly in disbelief, and did not move until Sanchez patted him on the back with his glove. It's only the second time in Chapman's career that he's allowed homers in consecutive games, and the first time since 2012. He induced groundouts from Travis d'Arnaud and Juan Lagares to close out the win, but appeared to grimace as he left the mound and acknowledged some tightness in his hamstring.
"It has been a difficult year for me and for my expectations," Chapman said through an interpreter. "I'm going through a rough patch here, but you've got to keep fighting. You've got to keep trying to go out there and do the job." More >
"In that situation, I've got to try to cut down on the pressure. I went out there looking for his hardest pitch, and I hit his slowest pitch." -- Rosario, on homering off an 85-mph Chapman slider
"Tonight I wanted to use the slider a little more. I felt it was the right pitch tonight. That's why I did it. I wanted to mix it up a little bit." -- Chapman
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Aaron Judge struck out swinging in the first inning against deGrom, marking the 32nd consecutive game in which Judge has fanned. That ties Adam Dunn's single-season Major League record, which was set in 2012.
Mets: Rookie Robert Gsellman will come off the disabled list Wednesday as the Subway Series shifts to Citi Field for a 7:10 p.m. ET contest. Gsellman, who has been sidelined since June 28 due to a left hamstring strain, replaces Seth Lugo, who landed on the DL with a right shoulder impingement. Before suffering his injury, Gsellman was 5-5 with a 6.16 ERA.
Yankees: Left-hander Jaime Garcia will make his third start as a member of the Yankees in the first of two contests in Queens. He has lost to the Mets twice in two starts this season, though he permitted just two runs in seven innings in a June 11 start while with Atlanta.
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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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