Russell Martin hit the winning home run in the ninth inning as the Yankees secured their first home sweep over the New York Mets since 2003.
Martin hit a leadoff homer against Mets reliever Jon Rauch in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium yesterday for his third career game-ending home run. It was the second time this season that the Yankees won with a home run.
“I’m starting to feel pretty comfortable at the plate,” said Martin, who had two homers. “I made a couple of adjustments and hopefully I’ll just keep doing what I’ve been doing.”
Martin has hit four home runs in his past six Major League Baseball games, giving him a batting average of .342 over his past 12 games and lifting his season average to .216.
The Yankees rallied for their seventh win in nine games this month and 13th in 17 starts. The Yankees, who won the first two games against the Mets 9-1 and 4-2, improve to 34-25, while the Mets drop to 32-29 with their third straight loss and sixth defeat in seven games.
Against the Mets, the Yankees have won seven of the past eight games and 17 of the past 24 matchups between the teams.
The Yankees recorded their 18th comeback win of the season after falling 3-0 behind in the second inning.
The Mets took the lead on a run-scoring single by Vinny Rottino and made it 3-0 when Rottino stole second, Omar Quintanilla walked and both scored on a Jordany Valdespin double off Yankees starter Andy Pettitte.
The score remained 3-0 until the bottom of the seventh, when Martin hit a two-run homer.
The Yankees then tied it and moved ahead in the eighth inning. Derek Jeter scored on Mark Teixeira’s single before Curtis Granderson put the Yankees ahead 4-3 on an Alex Rodriguez single.
In the ninth, Lucas Duda and Ike Davis hit consecutive doubles off Rafael Soriano to tie it before Martin secured the win with his second home run of the game.
Boone Logan, the last of four Yankees relievers, got the win, while Rauch (3-6) took the loss.
Pettitte gave up three runs on five hits and struck out eight in six innings, while Mets starter Jonathon Niese surrendered two runs on seven hits in seven innings while striking out six.
The Yankees and Mets can now help each other in the standings. The Mets tomorrow begin a three-game series in Florida against the Tampa Bay Rays, who lead the second-place Yankees by half a game in the American League East division.
The Yankees today open a three-game series in Atlanta against the Braves, who are in second place in the National League East, 2 1/2 games ahead of the third-place Mets.
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