The Mets missed plenty of opportunities to score runs in Part 3 of the Subway Series Wednesday night, and the Mets walked out of Yankee Stadium as losers.
The Mets jumped out to an early lead. Curtis Granderson led off the game in his old stomping grounds with a home run. Neil Walker and Yoenis Cespedes singled and Jay Bruce walked to load the bases with no outs. James Loney singled to drive in another run and keep the bases loaded. But Michael Conforto struck out and Wilmer Flores grounded into a double play to end the inning with only a 2-0 lead.
The Yankees made them pay, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first off of Steven Matz.
The Mets got one of the runs back in the second when Kelly Johnson led off with a double and came home on a Rene Rivera single. Granderson walked, but Walker grounded into a double play to squash the inning.
Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the second to give the Yankees a 6-3 lead. Matz got his “revenge” in the fifth when he hit Teixeira in the leg. Teixeira looked ready to charge the mound, but anyone watching knows Matz did not do it on purpose. Big baby.
Flores grounded into another double play in the third to kill a potential rally.
The Mets loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh but could only push one run across to make it a 6-4 game. Bruce struck out with one out in the inning. He was hitless in his second game with the Mets, just like the first one.
Matz settled down after the third, but Terry Collins took him out of the game after six innings and just 92 pitches. He allowed six runs on six hits with six strikeouts (very devilish numbers).
Hansel Robles allowed a run in the seventh to make it 7-4. The Yankees would load the bases with two outs (with Teixeira on second, playing around with Robles and getting into his head), and Starlin Castro hit a slow roller to Flores at short. He threw high and Castro was safe, making it 8-4. It was ruled a hit. That was all for Robles. Josh Edgin, back from Tommy John surgery and making his first major league appearance in nearly two years, walked Didi Gregorius to extend the lead to 9-4. That was Edgin’s only batter. Erik Goedell finally got the final out.
Walker continued his hot streak, hitting a solo homer in the ninth.
Mets lose 9-5. They go for the tie of the four-game home-and-home series Thursday night in The Bronx.