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The Mets overcame three run deficits twice and their defense came up big when they needed to most as the New York Mets took the first game of the Subway Series 9-7.
Lucas Duda set up two double plays [the first], but most will remember the second of the two when he dove, caught the ball, threw to David Wright covering second, and then took the throw from Wright to end the game in the 9th inning.
On offense, the Mets overcame a three run deficit after Bartolo Colon gave up a grand slam to Brett Gardner in the 2nd inning. Travis d'Arnaud hit his first of the year in the 5th inning to narrow the gap to two, and then in his first game since signing with the crosstown Mets, Curtis Granderson tied it in the 6th inning with a two-run blast.
The Mets bailed Colon out again after he gave up three runs, two earned, in the bottom of the 6th. Eric Young hit a two run bomb to claw within one in the 7th, and Lucas Duda brought home Eric Campbell on a shattered bat single to center. He would score on Chris Young's base-clearer to close the scoring in the 8th inning that gave the Mets the lead for the first time since the 2nd inning.
In the 9th inning, Kyle Farnsworth came on for the save, and found himself in trouble quickly as he walked Derek Jeter. After Jacoby Ellsbury flied out, Mark Teixiera, who spent the game on the bench, hit a grounder that made its way all the way to the wall in right, but was only able to coax a single out of it. That led to Brian McCann grounding to a diving Lucas Duda, who put away the Yankees with his double play.
It was the 5th straight win for the Mets over their crosstown rivals.
ROBBED: Lucas Duda nearly hit a extra base hit to the warning track, but was robbed by a quick-running sliding Jacoby Ellsbury produced the third out of the inning.
DEMOTED: Jenrry Mejia was demoted from starter to bullpen duty and made his first appearance for the Mets in the 7th inning. He gave up two hits, but kept the Yankees from scoring. He became the winning pitcher on record when the Mets completed their comeback in the 8th inning, winning his fourth win of the season.
PROMOTED: The Mets prior to play called up Rafael Montero from Las Vegas, who will take Mejia's spot in the rotation and will start on Wednesday in the first of the two games at Citi Field against the Yankees. In addition, Jacob deGrom is coming to the Mets bullpen, replacing Gonzalez Germen, who is heading to the disabled list with a virus.
NEXT UP: Zack Wheeler takes the mound for the Mets as he makes his first ever appearance at Yankee Stadium. The Mets are 3-4 when he takes the mound, with the latest loss coming in a 1-0 heartbreaker at Marlins Park. The Yankees send out Vidal Nuño. He earned his first win of the season last Wednesday when the Yankees won against the Angels. Nuño struck out 3 in his 6 1/3rd innings of work.