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Yankees score eight in seventh to take Subway Series from Mets

May 22, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

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Down 3-1 after 6 1/2, the Yankees put together a furious rally in the seventh inning Sunday, scoring eight times on their way to beating the Mets 9-3 and claiming the Subway Series.

The Yankees won the final two games of the series after dropping Friday’s opener 2-1.

Mike Pelfrey‘s inability to field his position cost the Mets in this one.  Pelfrey pitched well throughout, but he couldn’t handle Brett Garner’s shot up the middle to start the seventh or Derek Jeter‘s that followed with none out and the bases loaded.  Two runs scored on Jeter’s hit, tying the game and getting Pelfrey replaced.

As it turned out, the Yankees were just getting started.  After a sac bunt and an intentional walk, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano delivered singles with the bases loaded.  With two outs and the Mets on their fourth pitcher of the inning, Gardner connected on a two-run double and Chris Dickerson had a two-run single, making it 9-3.

Pelfrey ended up getting charged with five runs in six-plus innings, ending his string of quality starts at three.  He dropped to 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA in five starts against the Yankees.

Ivan Nova almost hung around long enough to get the win for the Yankees.  He allowed three runs in the second, but the Mets kept threatening and coming up empty after that.  They had two hits in the third, a hit and a walk before Jose Reyes grounded into a double play in the fourth and then three hits without scoring a run in the sixth.  He ended up pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing 11 hits.

The victory kept the Yankees virtually tied with the Rays for first place in the AL East.  They’re 25-20, while the Rays are 26-21.

  1. uyf1950 - May 22, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    After a rough 3 weeks approximately for A-Rod he has been lights outs for the last week. To the point where he has his average up to .284 for .242 on May 16th. Granderson continues to hit HR’s including #16 in this game. Even Gardner’s up to .267 from .154 exactly 1 month ago. Good series for the Yankee offense and pitchers. That’s just my opinion.

    • pisano - May 22, 2011 at 6:25 PM

      uyf1950… What in the world are they going to do with Andruw Jones? I figured he wouldn’t hit for much of an average, but this guy doesn’t hit at all. I think the last two at bats of his were called third strikes and before the ump even gets his arm up he is walking away. Marcus Thames was part of murders row compared to Jones. I wish they would have resigned him rather than Jones.

      • uyf1950 - May 22, 2011 at 7:44 PM

        My friend, I would think at some point he will get released. The Yankees only signed him I believe for $1.5M so if they release him in the next month they will only be on the hook for the balance of the $1.5M about $.9M
        When Chavez gets back they have to make room on the roster for him because it looks like Dickerson is more then capable of filling in as the 4th outfielder may be even the 3rd outfielder if Swisher’s game doesn’t start to pick up.
        At least that’s my opinion.

  2. jimbo1949 - May 22, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Ivan Nova was the surprising winner for the Yankees.
    I’ll say. Nova left the game with 2 out in the top of the 7th, Ayala gets the win

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 22, 2011 at 5:14 PM

      Whoops. I thought he had finished the seventh.

      • yankeesfanlen - May 22, 2011 at 5:22 PM

        [Tongue in cheek] Matthew, Matthew, Matthew- Trying to pull something on Universe fans just doesn’t work around here.
        But thanks for the post. Just isn’t gonna create the furor that the pulling-Colon-in-the ninth did.

  3. yankeesfanlen - May 22, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Obviously, I’m enthralled with the seventh inning and it’s good to see a rally late, which is Yankee-like. Overall, I liked Saturday’s game better Ka-Booms from four different batters.
    Either way is fine, let’s cruise through the Jays one way or the other. Keep our GIGANTIC .003 advantage over the second-place Rays.

  4. frankvzappa - May 22, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Anybody else find this game eerily similar to last nights red sox game? One team gets out to a 3-1 lead early only to have the other team score 8 in the 8th and the score to end 9-3? What are the odds of watching two back to back games that transpire exactly the same in a very odd manner?

    • nixonotis - May 22, 2011 at 6:04 PM

      Seven percent.

    • jimbo1949 - May 22, 2011 at 7:36 PM

      fifty-fifty

      • frankvzappa - May 22, 2011 at 9:17 PM

        nice one

  5. swisher4mayor - May 22, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    I didnt watch the game, but i saw all the highlights so in my opinion i think this was one of the yankees best games this season, because they had great defense and offense late in the game. A rod is starting to hit and jeter is hitting almost everygame now and Gardner is starting to get his average up, so if they yankees keep this up they will be first place in no time. but good game.

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