Domingo German turned in a quality start, Aaron Judge supplied the go-ahead home run, and the Yankees eked out a 4-3 win over the Mets on Saturday night at Citi FIeld.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Aaron Judge broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning with a solo home run off Anthony Swarzak -- the Yankees' third long ball of the game -- to put the Yankees in front for good. Judge's home run was his 18th of the year.
2) After scoring just three runs in the last 51 innings, the Mets scored three runs in the first inning on Saturday night. Todd Frazier hit a solo home run, Brandon Nimmo tripled, and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer. But Yankees starter Domingo German went on to pitch five consecutive scoreless innings and allowed just two hits thereafter. The Mets mustered just one hit off the Yankees' bullpen as David Robertson, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman combined to pitch three scoreless innings.
3) Steven Matz allowed three runs on five hits in six innings for the Mets. Gleyber Torres took Matz deep in the third inning with a solo home run to the Yankees on the board. In the sixth inning, Matz walked Gary Sanchez, which proved to be a costly move as rookie Miguel Andujar drove him in with a two-run homer -- his eighth of the season. Matz finished with four walks and six strikeouts while throwing 105 pitches on the night.
4) Robert Gsellman and Jerry Blevins each pitched scoreless innings in relief, while Swarzak struggled in the eighth inning as he allowed three runs -- including Judge's decisive home run.
News and notes...
The Mets have dropped 13 of their last 15 games and eight consecutive games... The Mets have lost 10 straight games at home for the first time since 2002.
The Mets hit have hit 17 home runs in their last 15 games, but 14 of those homers have been solo home runs. Both of hte Mets' home runs on Saturday night came with two strikes. The Mets have hit 26 home runs with two strikes, which is tied for the most in the National League.
Brandon Nimmo was hit by a pitch for the 10th time this season, which is tied for the most in the majors. He has five triples this season, which is tied for the third-most in the NL.
Yoenis Cespedes was pulled from a rehab game with Double-A Binghamton due to tightness in his right quad. He will be re-evaluated on Sunday.
The Mets (27-34) will conclude their series with the Yankees (42-18) on Sunday night night at 8:08 p.m.
RHP Seth Lugo (2.04 ERA/2.96 FIP, 0.933 WHIP) will pitch for the Mets as he fills in for RHP Noah Syndergaard. Lugo's first start of the season came on May 31 when he limited the Cubs to three hits in four scoreless innings. He made a three-inning relief outing against the Orioles on June 5 and gave up just one hit.
RHP Luis Severino (2.20 ERA/2.15 FIP, 0.930 WHIP) will get the start for the Yankees. Severino allowed two runs and struck out 10 batters in eight innings against the Tigers his last time out. He has a 1.85 ERA in his last 10 starts dating back to April 16.