Mets earn sweeping win over Yankees to sweep Subway Series

Eduardo Escobar touched home plate, threw off his helmet and started the sprint to second base to celebrate with his teammates.

The player they were chasing was Starling Marte, who delivered an RBI single in the ninth inning Wednesday night that gave the Mets a 3-2 win over the Yankees at Citi Field for a two-game Subway Series sweep.

The Yankees hold the best first-place record. But for now, at least, the Mets own the bragging rights of the city.

“I like playing against teams that like to win and also like to compete and fight, because it forces us as players to reach a new level,” said Marte, wearing a green sombrero to his locker as a player. offense of the Mets game. “I like to showcase those skills, especially against those good teams.”

Escobar’s double in the ninth against Wandy Peralta fueled the winning rally. Tomas Nido sacrificed Escobar at third and Brandon Nimmo hit an infield single before Marte, who struck three times earlier in the game, ended it.

The Mets won their third straight game and extended their NL East lead over the Braves to three games.

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The Mets celebrate their win over the Yankees.
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Starling Marte’s single gave the Mets a win over the Yankees.
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Gleyber Torres resurrected the Yankees with a two-run homer off David Peterson in the eighth that tied it 2-2. It came after Max Scherzer, on his 38th birthday, manhandled the Yankees in seven shutout innings.

“You have to want the ball in these types of situations and you have to go out there and face the best,” Scherzer said. “The Yankees, they’re obviously one of the best teams in the AL for a reason. It’s fun to bring them to your park and play them and you want to beat them. You respect how good they are. That’s what you measure up to, that’s the best.

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Pete Alonso celebrates his home run against the Yankees on Wednesday.
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Southpaw Peterson walked Anthony Rizzo to start the eighth before Torres went over the right field fence. The outburst was the 16th of the season for Torres, who entered with an .846 OPS in his previous 18 games. Peterson was booed leaving the field after knocking out Matt Carpenter. Seth Lugo replaced Peterson and went 1 ²/₃ scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

The Yankees went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position, leaving them hitless in 15 at-bats in such situations for the series.

Scherzer notably owned Aaron Judge, whom he struck off three times. The last of those matchups came in the seventh, when Scherzer gave the judge a fourth slider in five throws to strike him out with the tie runs on base. Scherzer stormed the field to a jubilant Mets dugout, where his night’s work was celebrated.

“Max was ‘wow,'” manager Buck Showalter said. “Sometimes I caught myself watching his competition there.”

Overall, Scherzer allowed five hits and walked two with six strikeouts and one hit while lowering his ERA to 2.09. In five starts since returning from the disabled list — he’s missed nearly seven weeks with a strained oblique — Scherzer has pitched to a 1.39 ERA with 45 strikeouts and four walks.

Scherzer faced his first big test in the third, when Judge hit with two runners on base — Aaron Hicks and DJ LeMahieu each had a single — and two outs. Scherzer threw five pitches to the judge, striking out the hitter with a fourth slider at bat.

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A two-run homer from Gleyber Torres (l.) Awarded to Yankees runs alone.
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The Yankees had another shot at Scherzer in the fifth, after Josh Donaldson doubled up and Kyle Higashioka walked two out. But Scherzer retired LeMahieu on a drive line to Francisco Lindor, preserving the Mets’ two-point lead.

Pete Alonso’s homer against Domingo German in the lead in the second got the Mets going. The homer was Alonso’s 26th of the season and extended his MLB lead in RBIs to 84, a night after hitting base four times in a Mets win.

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Max Scherzer leaves the mound after knocking out Aaron Judge.
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“It’s Pete, he’s just a constant competitor,” Showalter said. “There are a lot of similarities between him and Max. They never have a day off in terms of competition. I never had a single ‘Woe is me’ moment with Pete. He continues to grind and he accommodates those expectations of the things he is capable of.

Lindor delivered a broken-bat RBI single against German in the third inning that gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. Nido doubled at the start of the round.

The German went 4 ²/₃ innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. The right-hander was retired at 82 pitches in the fifth inning. Lindor and Alonso both walked in the inning, but got stuck when Lucas Luetge retired Daniel Vogelbach.

“I said to Alonso when I got to first base, ‘It looks like a potential World Series game, that would be pretty cool,'” Carpenter said. “He said ‘I would love that.’ “

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