Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) With the game tied at 3-3 in the seventh, the Yankees broke through to take the lead on Didi Gregorius's two-run double against reliever Paul Sewald.
2) In his return from the disabled list, Robert Gsellman allowed three runs on four hits (including a homer to Aaron Judge) and three walks while striking out two in 5 1/3 innings of work. He would not factor into the decision.
3) Rene Rivera hit his eighth home run of the season with a solo shot in the fifth. Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud each delivered a sacrifice fly in the first and sixth, respectively.
4) With a chance to tie the game in the ninth against David Robertson, Dominic Smith grounded into a fielder's choice before Rivera struck out looking to end the game.
Postgame reaction from Michael Baron...
It's definitely been an entertaining Subway Series this week. But once again, when it came down to the bullpens, it was the Yankees who proved superior and held the Mets down for a third night in a row.
With the GM expressing public displeasure over his attitude, it was necessary for Gsellman to come out and pitch a good game. So he did, and was actually impressive. His stuff was as good as it's been since his magical run late last year, featuring a deadly sinker/change-up combination. Gsellman tired in the sixth, which is understandable since he hasn't pitched in a while, but this was definitely a positive step for him, and he needed it badly.
Once upon a time, people were asking, "Are the Mets going to find a new position for d'Arnaud to protect him from injury?" If you were one of them, today was your lucky day, although it was the result of not having an available infielder. So, the Mets turned to Travis at third, and second and anywhere they thought the ball wasn't going to be hit, and they successfully -- and entertainingly -- buried him. He got one chance on an easy popup, but I was really hoping a frozen rope might find him and he'd pull off a miracle. But alas, the stars weren't aligned for that.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets are now 8-14 against the Yankees at Citi Field and 24-31 overall at home against them.
Rivera's home run gave the Mets their 179th longball of the season. They now have 23 homers over their last 11 games.
Michael Conforto's double was his 18th extra-base hit since the All-Star break.
Pitcher Matt Harvey pitched three scoreless innings in a rehab start for Class A Brooklyn on Wednesday night. He allowed one hit and struck out three.
The Mets (53-65) close out their four-game series with the Yankees (64-55) at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on Thursday. LHP Steven Matz (2-6, 5.54 ERA) will get the ball and pitch against Luis Severino (9-5, 3.32 ERA).
In two career starts against the Yankees, Matz has allowed seven runs in 12 innings of work.