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Mets hit four HRs, rally twice to win opener vs. Yankees

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NEW YORK -- The stands were filled and the fences were much closer. Chris Young and the New York Mets certainly enjoyed the cozy confines across town.

Young hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, Jenrry Mejia provided a jolt after his reluctant move to the bullpen and the previously punchless Mets went deep four times to rally past the banged-up Yankees 9-7 on Monday night in the Subway Series opener.

The crowd of 46,517, chanting back and forth, included Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra -- who received a warm hand on his 89th birthday -- and a large throng of Mets fans in left field wearing orange shirts that read "Bronx Invasion."

"It was like a big party out there in the outfield, and it keeps you in the game," said Young, who played center and left. "I was saying that I was having the most fun that I've had even before the home run."

After going 4-0 last year for their first season sweep of the Yankees, the Mets picked up right where they left off last May.

Curtis Granderson connected in his return to Yankee Stadium, and the Mets also got long balls from Eric Young Jr. and Travis d'Arnaud while overcoming a pair of three-run deficits.

Lumbering first baseman Lucas Duda turned in two spectacular defensive plays, starting a game-ending double play with runners at the corners by making a diving stop of Brian McCann's sharp grounder.

Taking full advantage of a hitter-friendly ballpark, rather than the vast dimensions back home at Citi Field, the Mets hit four home runs in a game for the first time since May 3, 2013, in Atlanta, according to STATS. They began the day ranked 29th in the majors with 22 home runs.

"Part of it is being here," Mets manager Terry Collins explained, referring to both the fences and the environment. "This atmosphere creates intensity and creates focus, and guys are excited about being here."

Brett Gardner hit an early grand slam off ex-Yankee Bartolo Colon, and Derek Jeter had three hits for the first time since Sept. 30, 2012, in Toronto. Carlos Beltran left in the seventh with a hyperextended right elbow and was scheduled to have an MRI.

Beltran, the designated hitter, got hurt working in the indoor cage between at-bats.

"I'm concerned because it was enough to take himself out of the game," manager Joe Girardi said.

Bumped into a struggling bullpen before the game, Mejia (4-0) entered in the seventh for his first relief appearance since September 2012. He struck out Alfonso Soriano on three pitches and worked a scoreless eighth.

Mejia sure seemed to relish the role -- even though he made it clear he wanted to stay in the rotation because he was concerned about injuring his surgically repaired arm again. The right-hander excitedly pumped his fist after a double play and then backed his way off the mound following a called third strike that ended the eighth.

"It feels pretty good. I've got to enjoy it," a smiling Mejia said. "If they need me in the bullpen I've got to be there because I never play for myself."

Kyle Farnsworth pitched a shaky ninth for his third save -- aided by Mark Teixeira's nagging groin injury.

Teixeira laced a pinch-hit single to right that went to the wall and sent Jeter to third base. A gimpy Teixeira had to stop at first, though, and was pulled for a pinch-runner. That kept the double play in order and Duda turned a rare 3-5-3 gem with third baseman David Wright, who was shifted near shortstop against McCann.

Pinch-hitter Eric Campbell, enjoying his third day in the majors, got the Mets started in the eighth by hustling for a double after his sharp grounder caromed off third baseman Yangervis Solarte and into left field.

Duda blooped a single to center off Matt Thornton (0-1), and Campbell barely beat Jacoby Ellsbury's accurate throw with a nifty slide at the plate. Chris Young greeted Preston Claiborne with a two-run shot to left, giving the Mets a 9-7 lead.

"We really struggled today," Girardi said. "We didn't make pitches."

The Yankees snapped a 4-4 tie with three runs in the sixth off Colon, who gave up 11 hits for the second time this season.

Young Jr. trimmed it to 7-6 with a two-run homer off Alfredo Aceves, who relieved starter Hiroki Kuroda in the seventh.

In the first inning, Granderson turned and greeted fans in right field.

The slugger signed a $60 million, four-year contract with the Mets in December after spending four seasons with the Yankees. He caused a bit of a stir in the offseason by saying, "A lot of the people I've met in New York have always said that true New Yorkers are Mets fans."

"The Mets fans came out in droves," Granderson said.

Notes

Mets president Saul Katz denied a report by the New York Times that he has expressed an interest in selling his share of the team. "I have no intention of selling my share of the Mets nor have I ever had any intention of selling my share," Katz said in a statement released by the club. ... The Mets plan to promote touted pitching prospect Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Wednesday night at home against the Yankees in place of Mejia. It will be Montero's major-league debut. ... Soriano's second-inning single made him the seventh player to get 1,000 hits in the American League and National League.

 
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After Chris Young (right) hits a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning, Lucas Duda turns a game-ending 3-5-3 double play.  (USATSI)
After Chris Young (right) hits a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning, Lucas Duda turns a game-ending 3-5-3 double play. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

E. Young
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

B. Gardner
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF5232001 .250
   Juan Lagares, CF0000000 .301
Daniel Murphy, 2B5020002 .320
David Wright, 3B5111021 .287
Curtis Granderson, RF5122011 .194
Bobby Abreu, DH3000011 .182
   a-Eric Campbell, PH-DH2110001 .333
Lucas Duda, 1B4111010 .257
Chris Young, CF-LF4122010 .244
Travis d'Arnaud, C3211111 .206
Ruben Tejada, SS4010012 .198
Bartolo Colon, P0000000 .000
   Carlos Torres, P0000000 .000
   Scott Rice, P0000000 .000
   Jenrry Mejia, P0000000 .000
   Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
Totals40914918  
a-doubled for Abreu in the 8th
Batting
2B - Eric Young Jr. (3, Kuroda), Eric Campbell (1, Thornton), Chris Young (6, Kuroda), Ruben Tejada (4, Claiborne)
HR - Eric Young Jr. (1, Aceves), Curtis Granderson (4, Kuroda), Chris Young (3, Claiborne), Travis d'Arnaud (3, Kuroda)
RBI - Eric Young Jr. 2 (6), David Wright (23), Curtis Granderson 2 (16), Lucas Duda (16), Chris Young 2 (11), Travis d'Arnaud (8)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (15, 2nd base off Kuroda/McCann), Daniel Murphy (8, 3rd base off Claiborne/McCann)
CS - Daniel Murphy (2, 2nd base by Thornton/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Duda-Tejada, Duda-Tejada-Duda-Wright
E - Travis d'Arnaud (2, Throwing(Jeter hit with his own batted ball - ruled out.))
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bartolo Colon 5.21176041 5.84
Carlos Torres 0.1000000 2.95
Scott Rice 0.2000120 5.59
Jenrry Mejia (W,4-0) 1.1200020 4.89
Kyle Farnsworth (S,3) 1100100 3.18
WP - Scott Rice (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 91-64, Carlos Torres 5-2, Scott Rice 18-9, Jenrry Mejia 22-14, Kyle Farnsworth 14-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 3-10, Carlos Torres 1-0, Jenrry Mejia 1-0, Kyle Farnsworth 1-1
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 28, Carlos Torres 1, Scott Rice 3, Jenrry Mejia 5, Kyle Farnsworth 4
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF5124021 .286
Derek Jeter, SS4030101 .269
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5000024 .295
Carlos Beltran, DH3000002 .234
   a-John Ryan Murphy, PH-DH0000100 .407
   b-Mark Teixeira, PH-DH1010000 .275
   Brendan Ryan, PR-DH00000001.000
Brian McCann, C5110012 .213
Alfonso Soriano, RF4220011 .250
Yangervis Solarte, 3B4231000 .330
Kelly Johnson, 1B4011024 .226
Brian Roberts, 2B4110003 .241
Hiroki Kuroda, P0000000 .000
   Alfredo Aceves, P0000000 .000
   Matt Thornton, P0000000 .000
   Preston Claiborne, P0000000 .000
Totals39714628  
a-walked for Beltran in the 7th
b-singled for Murphy in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (8, Colon)
3B - Kelly Johnson (2, Colon)
HR - Brett Gardner (2, Colon)
RBI - Brett Gardner 4 (16), Yangervis Solarte (21), Kelly Johnson (12)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Gardner 4 (7)
SB - Brett Gardner (8, 2nd base off Torres/d'Arnaud)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Brian McCann (1, Throwing)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda 6744032 4.62
Alfredo Aceves (H,1) 0.2222121 3.38
Matt Thornton (L,0-1; BS,2) 0.2222000 5.40
Preston Claiborne 1.2311031 1.69
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 95-62, Alfredo Aceves 18-10, Matt Thornton 20-10, Preston Claiborne 31-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 11-4
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 25, Alfredo Aceves 5, Matt Thornton 3, Preston Claiborne 8
Game Information
Attendance - 46517
Game Time - 3:34
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt