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Pete Alonso hit a two-run homer leading off the 10th inning Thursday night, lifting the New York Mets to a come-from-behind, 9-7 win over the Yankees in the final Subway Series game of the season between the teams.
The Mets came back from deficits of 4-0 and 7-4 at Citi Field to earn a split of the six-game season series, all of which was played over the last six days.
J.D. Davis forced extra innings by homering off Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman one pitch after pinch-runner Billy Hamilton was thrown out trying to steal third base. Alonso then hit the second pitch he saw from Albert Abreu (0-1) well into the left-field seats for his first walk-off homer.
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Alonso raised his arms and looked towards the dugout as the Mets spilled out to celebrate a win on the afternoon they honored franchise icon Tom Seaver, whose death was announced Wednesday.
Edwin Diaz (2-1) tossed two innings and faced only two batters in the 10th. Tyler Wade, who started the inning on second base as the automatic runner, was doubled up on DJ LeMahieu’s flyout to right.
It was the third extra-inning game between the teams in the last four days. The Yankees swept Sunday’s doubleheader with a pair of eight-inning victories.
The Yankees squandered a 4-0 second-inning lead before going ahead in the seventh, when Gio Urshela hit a tiebreaking single and Brett Gardner added a run-scoring double.
Aaron Hicks had an RBI single in the eighth fora 7-4 lead before the Mets mounted their second comeback. Amed Rosario delivered a two-run, two-out single in the bottom of the inning.
The Yankees chased Robert Gsellman during a four-run second in which Wade had an RBI single and LeMahieu lofted a sacrifice fly before Luke Voit’s two-run double.
Todd Frazier homered leading off the second for the Mets, who tied the score against J.A. Happ in the third when Jake Marisnick hit an RBI double and Rosario and Jeff McNeil delivered run-scoring singles.
Happ allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out four over five innings. Gsellman allowed eight baserunners — four hits and four walks — over 1 2/3 innings.
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The Mets paid tribute throughout the game to Seaver, who died Monday at the age of 75 due to complications from Lewy body dementia and the coronavirus. The scoreboard sported 1969 graphics and highlights of his career were aired on the DiamondVision. Footage of mask-wearing fans dropping cards and flowers at the entrance to Citi Field — located at 41 Seaver Way — also aired and Mets players were pictured against a backdrop of Seaver’s 41.
Gsellman and Happ opposed each other for the second straight start — the first immediate rematch between a Mets starter and a Yankees starter since interleague play began in 1997.
Yankees: SS Gleyber Torres (left hamstring, left quad) got live at-bats at the team’s alternate training site in Pennsylvania and is expected to rejoin the team for this weekend’s series in Baltimore. … OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton (left hamstring) has increased the pace of his running drills but isn’t close to a return.
Mets: Davis (left hip) started his second straight game at DH. He missed Monday’s game and was limited to pinch-hitting duties Tuesday as he battled the aftereffects of being plunked on the hip by a Chapman pitch last Saturday.
Yankees: Rookie RHP Deivi Garcia (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who dazzled over six innings in his big league debut against the Mets on Sunday, is expected to start one game of a doubleheader at the Orioles. The Yankees have not announced their second starter.
Mets: RHP Rick Porcello (1-4, 6.00 ERA), the only member of the Mets’ opening day rotation to take every turn this season, is scheduled to open a four-game set against the Phillies.
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