DeGrom hit hard, Mets’ 11-game win streak ends against Yanks
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Mets are hoping the lessons learned and the confidence gained during their 11-game winning streak helps them quickly rebound from a rough loss to the crosstown rival Yankees.
Jacob deGrom gave up three early homers - two to Mark Teixeira - and the hottest team in baseball was shut down by Michael Pineda on a cool Friday night, losing 6-1 to the New York Yankees.
"Resiliency," Michael Cuddyer of the Mets said after his first Subway Series game. "We were down in a lot of those games and we were able to come back and win. We believe in ourselves that we can win and I think that's what that showed us."
Jacoby Ellsbury also connected off deGrom (2-2) for a third home run to the short right field in the Bronx as the Yankees ended a four-game home skid to the Mets.
The banged-up Mets were on a franchise record-tying run of 11 straight wins and coming off a perfect 10-game homestand that gave them the best record in baseball at 13-3, matching the 1986 team for best start in club history.
But they couldn't muster an eighth comeback win this season after falling behind 6-0 against a dominant Pineda.
"It's disappointing because we were on a nice roll," Mets manager Terry Collins said, "and I know the Yankees have been playing very well, but we're surprised when Jake doesn't have his good stuff and tonight he didn't have it."
Teixeira homered in the first with Brett Gardner aboard, a soaring shot down the right field line that appeared to get some help from the gusting wind to keep it fair.
That homer ended an 18 1-3-inning scoreless stretch for deGrom that began after he gave up a first-inning homer in his first start of the season. Teixeira hit a similar drive in the third three batters after Ellsbury barely cleared the right-field wall, 314 feet from home plate. The three homers matched the most deGrom has yielded in his career.
DeGrom gave up eight hits and a career high-tying six runs that more than tripled his ERA to 2.96.
"I was throwing the ball fine in the bullpen and when I went in the game I don't know if it was a little adrenaline or something but I was leaving the ball up," deGrom said.
Pineda (3-0) rarely missed, throwing 78 of his 100 pitches for strikes.
"This guy's a strike throwing machine," Collins said. "When you throw a hundred pitches, 20 of them balls, that pretty much does it."
Pineda allowed five hits and Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly in 7 2-3 innings in his longest outing with the Yankees, who won for the seventh time in eight games.
"That's what I'm looking for, attack the hitter for a first-pitch strike," Pineda said.
For the first time since the start of interleague play in 1997, the teams entered a Subway Series game with each holding at least a share of first place in their divisions. Even with the Rangers playing an NHL playoff game at Madison Square Garden baseball was abuzz in New York on a brisk 46-degree night.
While the Mets were playing in front of packed houses at Citi Field that started talk of a shift in the balance of New York baseball toward the club from Queens for the first time in more than 20 years, the Yankees were on a run of their own. They returned from a 7-3 road trip tied with Boston atop the AL East.
And the Bronx Bombers showed they're not ceding any bragging rights in the Big Apple.
Mets: GM Sandy Alderson said closer Bobby Parnell (Tommy John surgery) is being shut down for a week because of forearm soreness. Alderson said team medical director Dr. David Altchek found nothing wrong with the right-hander's surgically repaired pitching elbow.
Yankees: Carlos Beltran turned 38 Friday. He went 0 for 3 to lower his average to .173 with no homers and seven RBIs after having elbow surgery in the offseason.
Mets: Harvey Day hits the road. Ace Matt Harvey tries to improve to 4-0 in his return from Tommy John surgery. In nine career April starts, the Dark Knight is 7-0 with a 2.12 ERA.
Yankees: Coming off his best start of the year - eight innings in a 2-1 loss at Detroit - CC Sabathia is looking for his first win since April 24, 2014.
Jonathon Niese, the Mets' Sunday starter, was ejected in the sixth inning, shouting at plate umpire and crew chief Doug Eddings during Juan Lagares' at-bat. "I told him make an adjustment, and he said he didn't want to hear another word," Niese said, "and I said `Well then, make an adjustment,' and then he tossed me."
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