Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each hit solo home runs to power the New York Yankees to a 4-2 win over the Mets on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
With the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Hicks crushed Hansel Robles' 1-1 fastball to deep right field to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Sanchez added an insurance run later in the inning with a solo home run off Erik Goeddel.
The Yankees trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Judge slugged his American League-leading 36th home run of the season, his second in the month of August, to tie the game.
A night after Aroldis Chapman blew a save and took a loss against the Boston Red Sox, Dellin Betances pitched around a two-out infield single in the ninth inning for his seventh save of the season.
Starting pitcher Luis Cessa allowed solo home runs to Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes in the top of the third inning that put the Yankees behind 2-0. Sanchez drove in a run in the bottom of the fourth inning with a sac fly that made it 2-1.
Cessa left the game midway through the fifth inning due to an injury. Chad Green and David Robertson combined for 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Rafael Montero allowed two runs and five hits in six innings for the Mets.
Tonight's go-ahead homer was Hicks' second big bomb since he returned from the disabled list Friday; he's been the catalyst the Yankees needed. Perhaps it is beginning to rub off, as both Judge and Sanchez got on the Yankees on the board with solo shots as well.
Cessa was not going to be able to give an awful lot to the Yankees tonight as he was capped at 80-85 pitches, but his night ended even earlier due to apparent shoulder discomfort. Green came in and took control of the game as he has done for much of this season. Green has been a revelation, having struck out 74 batters in 50 2/3 innings this season with a 1.86 ERA after tonight's appearance.
The Yankees' other revelation began to formulate at the end of last season when Hicks began to get regular at-bats. As Hicks received consistent reps, he became more comfortable and showed why he was a first-round draft pick. Hicks has been phenomenal since spring training. Give Joe Girardi credit -- the Yankees skipper made sure to get the switch-hitter into a regular rotation in the outfield. Hicks has now blossomed into an everyday player.
The Yankees and Mets continue the Subway Series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. Sonny Gray (6-7, 3.39 ERA) faces Jacob deGrom (13-5, 3.21 ERA).