When the Mets needed it most, JD Davis and Michael Conforto came up with a pair of huge hits in the Mets' 4-2 comeback win over the Yankees.
After James Paxton left the game with a 2-1 lead, the Yankees turned the ball over to their bullpen, which has been among the best collective groups in baseball. Tommy Kahnle gave them a spotless seventh inning, leading to Adam Ottavino taking over in the eighth.
The Yankees' righty entered the game with just a 1.45 ERA, but the Mets got to him on Tuesday. After Pete Alonso reached on a DJ LeMahieu error, JD Davis ripped a double into centerfield, just out of the reach of Aaron Hicks, scoring Alonso and tying the game at 2-2.
Davis is now hitting a whopping .376 at Citi Field this season.
"I just feel comfortable here," Davis said after the game. "I love the atmosphere of New York, I love the fans here, so I think it's just easier to get into a routine when you're at home."
Davis also homered off of Paxton earlier in the game, leaving his manager very impressed with his offensive approach.
"I think he goes up there and he has an approach," said Mickey Callaway. "He prepares almost more than anybody I've ever seen. He knows what the pitchers are trying to do to him. He studies endlessly. He is probably the most outspoken in our hitters' meetings and things like that, because he's so prepared, and it leads to success.
"We always knew he was a great hitter … He's getting more and more comfortable at the Major League level, and he knows he belongs here."
With game tied at 2-2, the Yankees brought in lefty Zack Britton to face Michael Conforto with the bases loaded and one out. Conforto had been scuffling for the Mets, so much so that the team dropped him down to the seventh spot in the batting order. But on the first pitch he saw from Britton, notoriously one of the toughest pitchers on lefties in all of baseball, Conforto lined a double into the gap in left center, scoring the game's winning runs.
"It felt great," Conforto said after the game. "That's definitely a good way to break out, for sure. Anytime you can change the game with a big hit, especially in the Subway Series, it's gonna feel good. I've been working hard, trying to get back to the things that I've been successful with and a lot of hard work paying off.
"I got my pitch and just put a good swing on it."
"He put together some good at-bats even early in the game," said Callaway. "He hit that one ball hard that somehow they turned a double play. That was just an unbelievable turn by them.
"We know this guy can hit. That's the one at-bat that it probably takes for him to start going off like Michael Conforto can for a while. I hope he's in a good spot. I think he's going to take a lot of confidence from that last at-bat against a really good lefty, and kind of ride that wave of success into tomorrow and keep it going."