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The New York Mets won the opener at Citi Field

The New York Mets took the first game of the three-game weekend series from the New York Yankees.

There was no shortage of power at Citi Field on Friday night as the Mets slugged three home runs with two of them coming off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka en route to a 5-1 victory. Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy and Juan Uribe each sent a blast over the right field wall and the Home Run Apple electrified a capacity crowd in flushing. Tanaka mystified the Mets batters through 5 innings, but Murphy's long ball in the 6th inning gave the Amazin's a 2-1 edge.

Then with two outs and two runners on base in the 7th inning, Uribe stepped to the plate as a pinch-hitter to face Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve. The Mets utility man smoked his 14th home run of the year to give them a 4-run cushion. Closer Jeurys Familia entered a non-save situation and after issuing a walk to pinch-hitter Alex Rodriguez, the burly right-hander struck out Chase Headley with the bases loaded and two-outs to seal the victory. 

Steven Matz, in his first taste of Subway Series action, earned the win tossing six innings; allowing seven hits and just one-run while striking out four.

Not too shabby for a rookie starting his fourth big league game. 

The Amazin's and the Bronx Bombers will do battle again on Saturday at 1PM with Noah Syndergaard facing off with Michael Pineda. 

 


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