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Mets continue Subway Series dominance, win 9-4

A five run first inning paced the Mets to their third straight victory over the Yankees Wednesday, with Jeremy Hefner getting his first win of the season.

The Mets chased Yankees’ starter David Phelps early, helped partly by an error by Jayson Nix on a double play ball. Ike Davis delivered the final blow of the inning, with a two run single to put the Mets up five. Hefner pitched six solid innings and protected the lead before the bullpen took the Mets to victory in the final three innings.

For the Mets this is becoming the kind of stretch that turns seasons around. They had struggled significantly for much of the season but by handling their crosstown rivals, they have created some momentum for themselves. While it will still be an uphill battle to get back in the playoff race, if anything were going to spark them this would be it.

If the Mets can get contributions like this from their lineup on a consistent basis the Mets my have the ability to pitch their way back into contention. Matt Harvey is an ace, while Jonathon Niese has been shown flashes of brilliance. With young stud pitcher Zach Wheeler waiting in the wings for a call up, the Mets are inching closer to having a rotation worthy of contention.

For now the Mets will have to settle for a dominating stretch in the city’s battle for bragging rights. The Yankees continue to lick their wounds and even the most optimistic of Yankees fans must start wondering if this is the sign that injuries have finally caught up with this team. Reinforcements do appear to be coming sooner rather than later, hopefully giving the Yankee lineup some punch they are severely lacking.

The Mets and Yankees finish up their series Thursday as Dillon Gee takes the hill for the Mets against Yankees rookie Vidal Nuno.

 

By Sam Jackson

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