Mets top Yanks in Subway Series
NEW YORK — With a revamped offense led by Yoenis Cespedes, the New York Mets are finally perfecting the formula that has had this city in Yankees pinstripes for two decades: power and pitching.
Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy and Juan Uribe each homered, and closer Jeurys Familia shook off the Yankees' best shot in the ninth inning to help the Mets to a 5-1 victory Friday night in the opener of the Subway Series.
"It's definitely nice," Murphy said of the offensive production. "With the way our bullpen and our starting pitching is throwing the ball they haven't needed much."
Rookie Steven Matz (4-0) outpitched Masahiro Tanaka (12-7), and Familia escaped his own bases-loaded jam by fanning Chase Headley for the final out at Citi Field.
This was the latest regular-season matchup between the teams, and the NL East-leading Mets held their eight-game lead over Washington with 15 to play.
The Yankees fell 4 1-2 games behind AL East-leading Toronto, which beat Boston 6-1.
Matz used a new slider in overcoming a wild start to pitch six gutsy innings, working around seven hits.
Alex Rodriguez, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann didn't start for the Yankees — who outhit the Mets 9-8 — but all of them got into the game.
"I've seen these guys put up runs before," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of his punchless lineup. "I know we don't have Alex. I know we don't have McCann, too, our big boppers. But we had our opportunities."
A-Rod walked as a pinch hitter with one out in the ninth to put runners on first and second. Ellsbury then grounded a shot that struck Familia near his left knee and caromed into foul territory for a single that loaded the bases.
Familia showed he was OK with a warmup pitch, then he retired Brett Gardner on a flyball and struck out Headley.
"I'm feeling good," Familia said.
Tanaka gave up two runs and five hits in six innings, and left after throwing only 82 pitches. Duda and Murphy hit solo home runs off the Japanese star.
The second-largest crowd in Citi Field history of 43,602 was abuzz from the start in the most meaningful games between the teams since the Yankees beat the Mets in the 2000 World Series.