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NEW YORK -- At least for a few days, the baseball order in New York has been reversed.
Instead, Dillon Gee finished off the first sweep by the upstarts from Queens over their older, more-renowned rival, which couldn't have come at a more unexpected time.
Gee struck out a career-high 12 and limited the Yankees to four hits over 7 1-3 innings in a 3-1 victory Thursday night that completed the Mets' four-game smothering of their famous foe from the Bronx.
"It's always fun to win this series, especially for our fans," Mets captain David Wright said. "It gives our fans some bragging rights."
Marlon Byrd had a two-run, second-deck homer in the second off rookie Vidal Nuno (1-2), John Buck hit a slow-rolling RBI single off third base in the eighth and Gee made that stand up with a start that may have saved his job.
"You're playing as hard as you always do, but you know it's something special for the fans," Byrd said. "We can't go on the road and let up. We have to keep going hard, like we did here."
The Yankees were outscored 16-7 in the sweep and went 5 for 23 (.218) with runners in scoring position. Mets starters were 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA.
"Does it mean any more that it's against the Yankees? Had we been playing better, yeah, it would have been huge. But right now we've just got to win some games, and it didn't matter who it was," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It establishes a mood in the clubhouse that, you know what, we're not that bad."
Since the start of interleague play in 1997, the only Subway Series sweep had been by the Yankees, when they went 6-0 in 2003.
"It's hard when you lose to your crosstown rivals," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You don't want to be part of a team that gets swept by your crosstown rivals. Over time, it's going to happen, but you don't want to be the team that it happens to."
The Yankees began the week leading the AL East at 30-20. And the Mets, who had never won four straight over the Yankees, were fourth in the NL East at 18-29.
But the Met extended a winning streak to five for the first time since May 5-9 last year. And the Yankees have lost five in a row in a single season for the first time since a six-game slide from May 11-16, 2011.
Collins had challenged his team.
"I tried everything that I knew to try and it wasn't working: the pats on the back, the `hang with them,"' he said. "So you just had to say, `Hey look, it's got to be now. It's got to be stepped up right this minute,' and they did it."
His control was the key. Using a sharp slider, pinpoint changeup and a fastball in the upper 80s, Gee (3-5) didn't go to three balls on a single batter, threw 63 of 88 pitches for strikes and retired his final 15 in a row.
Collins had told him his rotation spot was in jeopardy.
"He said, `Good job' for once when I came out of the game," Gee said. "It's hard to put into words. I needed that on so many levels it's crazy."
The Mets tied a franchise record by going three straight games without allowing a walk, the first time they've accomplished the feat since July 5-7, 1994, according to STATS. Yankees batters, usually patient, have gone three games without a free pass for the first time since June 12-14, 1991, when Kevin Maas was their cleanup hitter.
While Gee wasn't missing the plate, he was missing something: whiskers. Since he pitched against Altanta last weekend, Gee shaved off his beard and mustache.
He escaped two-on, no-outs trouble in both the first and second innings, and then allowed just one more runner - on Robinson Cano's one-out homer in the third, his 14th of the year. Gee and his bullpen then retired the Yankees' last 20 batters.
"He didn't get many balls over the middle of the plate," Gardner said.
Now the Mets just have to play like this the rest of the time.
"It's a lot more fun to come to the ballpark. Guys are smiling, laughing, having a good time, playing a little more loosely," Wright said. When you go out there and you feel like you have to play perfect to win games, that's when you get a little tense and start making some silly mistakes."
|Dillon Gee strikes out a career-high 12 batters and limits the Yankees to four hits over 7 1/3 innings. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Mets|
|Justin Turner, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.289|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.300|
|David Wright, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.290|
|John Buck, DH||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.225|
|Lucas Duda, LF||2||1||0||0||2||1||2||.238|
|Mike Baxter, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.228|
|Marlon Byrd, RF||4||1||1||2||0||1||1||.244|
|Anthony Recker, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.160|
|Juan Lagares, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.149|
|Omar Quintanilla, SS||2||1||0||0||1||0||1||.000|
|2B - Justin Turner (4, Nuno), Anthony Recker (2, Nuno)|
|HR - Marlon Byrd (6, Nuno)|
|RBI - John Buck (35), Marlon Byrd 2 (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - John Buck (6)|
|SB - John Buck (2, 2nd base off Chamberlain/Romine)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Wright-Turner|
|E - Omar Quintanilla (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Dillon Gee (W,3-6)||7.1||4||1||1||0||12||1||5.68|
|Scott Rice (H,5)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.08|
|Bobby Parnell (S,9)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.85|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 88-63, Scott Rice 7-5, Bobby Parnell 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 6-4|
|Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 26, Scott Rice 2, Bobby Parnell 3|
|New York Yankees|
|Brett Gardner, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.262|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.296|
|Vernon Wells, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.258|
|Travis Hafner, DH||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.248|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.247|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.275|
|David Adams, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.250|
|Reid Brignac, SS||3||0||0||0||0||3||2||.200|
|Austin Romine, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.103|
|a- Ichiro Suzuki, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Chris Stewart, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.256|
|a-fouled out for Romine in the 8th|
|HR - Robinson Cano (14, Gee)|
|RBI - Robinson Cano (36)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|New York Yankees|
|Vidal Nuno (L,1-2)||6||3||2||2||2||2||1||2.25|
|IBB - Wright by Boone Logan|
|WP - Joba Chamberlain (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Vidal Nuno 97-62, Shawn Kelley 27-18, Boone Logan 8-3, Joba Chamberlain 19-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vidal Nuno 5-11, Shawn Kelley 1-0, Joba Chamberlain 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Vidal Nuno 23, Shawn Kelley 5, Boone Logan 2, Joba Chamberlain 5|
|Attendance - 44207|
|Game Time - 2:45|
|Temperature - 88|
|Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Bill Welke|