Didi Gregorius came through with a two-run double in the seventh to give the Yankees the lead for good, as they beat the Mets, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Citi Field. >> box score
Making his third start since being traded to the Yankees, Jaime Garcia was charged with three runs on five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.
The Yankees fell behind early but quickly tied things up in the second on Garrett Cooper's ground out. In the fourth Aaron Judge hit a home run into the third deck in left field for his AL-leading 37th roundtripper.
With two outs and the game tied at 3-3 in the seventh, Gregorius put the Yankees back in the lead with a two-run double down the right-field line.
Tommy Kahnle allowed an inherited run to score in the sixth but finished the frame with no further damage. Adam Warren struck out three over two scoreless innings.
David Robertson picked up the save with Aroldis Chapman unavailable.
The Yankees have put together their first three-game win streaking together since they won six straight from July 23-29.
While Judge hit a monstrous home run earlier in the game, it was Gregorius's clutch two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning that bailed out the big man and gave the Yankees the deciding margin of victory. Gregorius is not the prototypical cleanup hitter, but he has a knack for driving in runs in important situations. In 100 at-bats this season with runners in scoring position, including two ABs tonight, Gregorius is hitting .310 with 37 RBIs.
Beyond the clutch performances with runners in scoring position, Gregorius hitting fourth also gives Yankees manager Joe Girardi a bonafide bat in between Judge and Gary Sanchez, allowing him to split the two power right-handed bats. It might not be how we figured it would be drawn up earlier this season, but this 3-4-5 combination is a legitimate force.
The Yankees close out their four-game series with the Mets at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on Thursday. Luis Severino (9-5, 3.32 ERA) will get the ball and pitch against LHP Steven Matz (2-6, 5.54 ERA).