The New York Yankees (30-20) have a far better record than the New York Mets (19-29) in 2013, but the Amazin’s were the better Big Apple team at Citi Field Monday night, taking Game 1 of this year’s Subway Series 2-1.
The Memorial Day game between the crosstown rivals remained scoreless until Yankees backup shortstop Jayson Nix knocked in Brett Gardner with a bloop single to right off Mets starter Jon Niese (7.0 IP, 8H, 1R) in the sixth inning. Third baseman David Wright tied the contest with a solo home run (7) to left off Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes (7.0 IP, 4H, 1R) in the seventh. In the eighth, the Mets took the lead for good on Daniel Murphy’s RBI single to center off reliever David Robertson (L, 3-1) (0.2 IP, 2H, 1R), the game’s losing pitcher.
Reliever Brandon Lyon (W, 2-2), who pitched a scoreless eighth, picked up the win for the Mets, and closer Bobby Parnell tossed a scoreless ninth for his eighth save on the season.
Tuesday’s Subway Series matchup in Queens is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m. ET.