Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Hansel Robles allowed a tie-breaking home run to Aaron Hicks leading off the eighth inning. Gary Sanchez added a solo blast off Erik Goeddel later in the frame.
2) Rafael Montero pitched six innings and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts. He escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth when he surrendered only a sacrifce fly. Aaron Judge's 36th home run of the year tied the game, 2-2, in the sixth.
3) Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson hit solo homers in the third to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Juan Lagares' two-out single in the fifth was the Mets' last hit of the game until Dominic Smith reached on an infield single with two outs in the ninth. In between, seven of the 12 outs recorded were via the strikeout.
Post-game reaction from Michelle Ioannou...
The Mets have underperformed this season while the Yankees have exceeded expectations. Rafael Montero and his 6.06 ERA were taking the mound tonight. What could possibly go wrong for the Mets?
To the surprise of many, Montero's night started out beautifully. He struck out Aaron Judge looking. He was attacking the batters and wasn't falling behind in the count. Fans everywhere were thinking, 'Where did this Montero come from?'
Well, naturally it didn't last long. Things got shaky for Montero in the fourth and instead of staying as aggressive as he had been, the Montero we've seen all season showed up. He walked two batters, loaded the bases, but somehow managed to get out of the inning by only giving up one run. He came back to the mound in the top of the fifth and even though it wasn't as great as his first three frames, he had a better recovery than expected.
Of course, Aaron Judge hit a home run off of Montero in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game. But, the right-hander still went six innings and only gave up two runs in his best performance of his season.
Hansel Robles came in and had a pretty decent seventh. However, Terry Collins thought it was a good idea to send him back out in the eighth ... and Robles gave up a home run to give the Yankees the lead right off the bat. The inning did not get any better, as Erik Goeddel gave up a second homer.
In terms of offense, the Mets' bats came alive in the top of the third when Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes hit home runs. That came after he had struck out in his first at-bat against one of the players he was traded to the Mets for in Luis Cessa. If only the bats came alive once again in the later innings... >> To follow Michelle on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets and Yankees split four meetings last year with both teams winning once in each ballpark. The Mets are 46-63 all-time against the Yankees since 1997.
Cespedes has homered in a career-high tying three straight games and in four of his last six. He has five home runs and 10 RBIs in 17 career games at Yankee Stadium.
Yankees starter Luis Cessa was dealt from the Mets to the Tigers as part of the Cespedes trade in 2015.
Granderson has three homers, six RBIs and six runs scored in his last five games. He's gone deep five times against the Yankees since joining the Mets in 2014 -- all coming at Yankee Stadium.
The Mets (53-63) and Yankees (62-55) close out the Bronx portion of the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Jacob deGrom (13-5, 3.21 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) gets the start despite taking a liner off his pitching arm against the Phillies on Thursday. Prior to exiting the game, he had pitched scoreless ball while striking out nine en route to the win. DeGrom is 1-2 with a 3.32 ERA in three career starts against the Yankees.
Sonny Gray (6-7, 3.39 ERA 1.18 WHIP) makes his Yankee Stadium debut following two losses in his first two starts with New York. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs over six innings in his first two Yankee outings and has dropped three straight overall. Gray has never faced the Mets.