Jacob deGrom threw seven scoreless innings and the Mets offense came through as they easily beat the Yankees at Citi Field Tuesday night.
The suddenly resurgent Alejandro De Aza got the Mets on the board in the third with a two-run blast to right.
Travis d’Arnaud made it 3-0 with a leadoff homer in the fifth.
The Mets blew things open in the seventh. Wilmer Flores led off with a single, advancing to second on a throwing error by Brett Gardner. Michael Conforto followed with a double off the wall to score Flores to make it 4-0. Conforto went to third on a ground out and scored on a Matt Reynolds single to extend the lead to 5-0. deGrom singled, and with Reynolds running, he easily cruised into third. Pinch hitter Yoenis Cespedes beat out an infield single to plate Reynolds and make it 6-0. Neil Walker doubled to left to make it 7-0. With runners on second and third, Jay Bruce, making his Mets debut, struck out. Bruce went 0-4 with two strikeouts.
With such a big lead, Terry Collins removed deGrom from the game after the inning. deGrom allowed just four hits and one walk in his seven shutout innings. He struck out eight Yankees. deGrom has not allowed any runs in three of his last four starts. He upped his record to 7-5 and lowered his ERA to 2.41, fourth in the National League.
Jonathon Niese made his triumphant return to Flushing in the eighth, striking out two, walking one and allowing a hit. He was back out there for the ninth and allowed a leadoff homer to Didi Gregorius to break up the shutout. He got the next three outs to close out the game.
Mets win 7-1. They now travel to The Bronx for two more games.