Judge 47th HR, Yanks top Scherzer, Mets 4-2 in Subway Series

NEW YORK (AP) — Tension had been climbing around the Yankees heading into the Subway Series like the floors rising in a New York skyscraper. Aaron Judge and Andrew Benintendi gave them hope that the Great Depression was over.

“We’ve got a special group of guys that are tough enough mentally to come back after some tough streaks and we know, hey, it’s a long season and we haven’t played the type of ball we want,” Judge. he said after his league-leading 47th home run that led them to a 4-2 win over the Mets on Monday night. “It’s time to get back to what we’re doing.”

The Yankees, in a historic 14-game 18-game skid following that game in the Bronx, built a 3-0 lead on DJ LeMahieu’s first-inning sacrifice fly, Judge’s third home run off Scherzer (9-3) and fifth-inning doubles by Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Benintendi, who added an RBI single in the seventh.

They withstood a botched popup by rookie Oswaldo Cabrera and won back-to-back games for the first time since July 29-30, ensuring they ended a six-game losing streak, their worst since 1995.

Asked how many consecutive clean sheets would be needed to reduce their panicked fan base, manager Aaron Boone quipped, “4 1/2.”

“At our core, we think we’re a pretty good team,” Boone said. “And how many are in line to show it, I’ll leave that up to you guys.”

Domingo Germán (2-2) withstood James McCann’s 104 mph fastball off his left calf in the sixth and traveled with a triple when Pete Alonso hit a seventh-inning popup that Cabrera and right fielder Marwin Gonzalez reached just under 221 feet. from the plate.

Cabrera, making his first major league start at second after appearances at shortstop, third base and right, let the ball slip out of his glove on an error as Gonzalez’s skin hit his glove, a play reminiscent of the fall of Luis Castillo in the ninth. filmed the first game of the Subway Series at the new Yankee Stadium in 2009.

Daniel Vogelbach, 6-inch black streaks across his face, followed two pitches later by driving a curveball into the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center for a two-run homer that made it 3-2.

Benidenti restored a two-run lead in the bottom after Kiner-Falefa reached on an infield single and moved to second when shortstop Francisco Lindor made a bunt by picking up a pinch hitter and rushed in with a grounder from first for one error.

Germán (2-2) gave up two runs — one earned — in 6 1/3 innings. He was limping after the game, but said he could take his next turn.

Rookie Ron Marinaccio and Jonathan Loaisiga each got four shutouts, with Loaisiga earning his first save since August 17 of last year. That drew loud cheers from a season-high crowd of 48,760, the Yankees’ ninth sellout.

Judge, who moved one ahead of Alonso with his 103rd RBI, said the tension was heightened because of the rivalry in New York.

“The fans were bringing it,” he said. “You could feel a little bit of a different energy on the boat.”

MAX MAX

Scherzer allowed four runs for the second straight start, raising his ERA from 1.93 to 2.33 over the two outings. He gave up seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Judge was 2-for-11 with seven strikeouts against Scherzer and 4-for-32 overall before throwing a 95.7 mph fastball for an opposite-field drive into the right-field seats.

“He wasn’t the one who lost the ball game. It’s really the Benintendi at-bats,” Scherzer said.

DEGROM

Jacob DeGrom had a problem in warmups before his last start and was ruled out for Tuesday. Instead, he will play against Colorado on Thursday or Friday.

SUBMERSED

Brandon Nimmo and Benidenti were hit by pitches that led to the first, the first time since April 17, 1926, the Yankees and their opponent had opened with a hit. Alex Ferguson of Washington beat Mark Koenig and Sad Sam Jones of New York beat Sam Rice.

COMING BACK

Anthony Rizzo took off from first, forcing a throw from Scherzer, after LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly, but was sent back because the umpires ruled the ball was still dead. The Mets then appealed to third, but the umpires ruled that Benintendi was not out early and had scored to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

GOODBYE FOR NOW

Mets LHP Nate Fisher was designated for assignment, a day after pitching three scoreless innings in his major league debut, a year after returning to the minors after a spell as a financial analyst at a Nebraska bank. The Mets also designated LHP Rob Zastryzny for assignment, optioned RHP José Butto to Triple-A Syracuse and optioned the contract of RHP Connor Gray from the Triple-A farm team.

COACH ROOM

Mets: Tomás Nido activated from IL He had been sidelined since August 13 for an unspecified reason, usually COVID.

Yankees: DH Giancarlo Stanton, sidelined since July 23 with left Achilles tendinitis, expects to return to the Yankees’ lineup Thursday when New York begins a trip to Oakland. … RHP Scott Efross was placed on the 15-day IL, retroactive to Sunday, with a strained right shoulder. Recalled RHP Clarke Schmidt from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

NEXT

RHP Frankie Montas (4-10, 3.87) is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in three starts since the Yankees acquired him from Oakland. Mets RHP Taijuan Walker will pitch for the first time since Aug. 16 in Atlanta after overcoming back spasms.

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