Gray wins consecutive starts, Yanks hold on to beat Mets 7-6

NEW YORK (AP) Aroldis Chapman had flamed out, throwing three of 19 pitches for strikes and enabling the Mets to cut a four-run, ninth-inning deficit in half.

Chasen Shreve to the rescue. Yes, Chasen Shreve.

Maligned last month, Shreve entered with the bases loaded, got Devin Mesoraco to hit into a run-scoring, double-play grounder and retired Wilmer Flores on a slow roller in front of the mound . With his second big league save and first since August 2016, Shreve preserved a 7-6 Subway Series victory Saturday that enabled Sonny Gray to win consecutive starts for the first time since the Yankees acquired him last summer.

''He didn't even break a sweat out there,'' Aaron Judge marveled.

On another tumult-filled day for the last-place Mets, closer Jeurys Familia was traded to Oakland for a pair of minor leaguers and slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was out of the lineup because of body soreness, one game after returning from a two-month absence. Cespedes said Friday night he may need surgery on both heels that would require an eight-to-10-month recovery.

Judge homered for the Yankees , who trailed after Michael Conforto's second-inning solo home run but rallied against Steven Matz (4-8) with a four-run fourth that included Didi Gregorius' tying triple, run-scoring doubles by Miguel Andujar (aided by fan interference ) and Greg Bird, and Austin Romine's RBI single.

Mets center fielder Matt den Dekker took a bad route as he missed a diving backhand grab on Gregorius' liner that bounced to the fence, allowed Bird's drive to glance off his glove as he tried for a running grab on the warning track, and had Romine's blooper short hop off his glove during an attempted diving catch.

''It's tough when those balls are hit that hard, and you know the wind was moving around out there,'' said den Dekker, who struck out three times and is hitless in 17 at-bats this season.

Gray (7-7) is 11-14 in 30 starts since the Yankees acquired him from Oakland last July 31. He allowed three runs - two earned - three hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.

''I think it's just about now creating that consistent momentum where he's finding success start to start and then kind of building on that, and hopefully that's something that will continue to snowball for him,'' manager Aaron Boone said.

Gray has a 7.62 ERA in nine home starts this year and a 3.62 ERA in 10 road appearances.

''For me there was only one way to go, and that's up. I guess it couldn't get any worse,'' Gray said, adding the key was to stop dwelling on previous batters.

Gray left with a 4-1 lead but David Robertson gave up Amed Rosario's RBI single in the sixth, then allowed another run in when he made an errant pickoff throw to first .

Bird chased Matz with an RBI single in the bottom half, Judge hit his 26th homer - and 18th at home - through a blustery wind in the seventh against Tim Peterson, and Romine added a run-scoring grounder in the eighth .

Pitching for the first time in a week, Chapman reached 98 mph just twice - reigniting questions over the health of his left knee. He walked Kevin Plawecki on a full count, gave up an infield hit to Rosario and consecutive four-pitch walks to pitch-hitter Ty Kelly and Jose Reyes . Chapman hit Brandon Nimmo with a 2-0 pitch - his 11th straight ball, and Boone summoned Shreve, who had thrown 18 pitches in Friday's 7-5 loss.

''Not a lot to think about. It's just a bad day overall,'' Chapman said through a translator.

Mesoraco grounded a splitter to second baseman Brandon Drury , who stepped on the bag and threw to first as Kelly scored. Flores fouled off a 2-2 slider, then grounded out on a splitter.

''I don't know if I had time to have my adrenaline kick in,'' Shreve said. ''It was over like that,'' he added, snapping fingers.

He had allowed runs in four of five appearances in mid-June, giving up three home runs. That caused him to change pitch selection.

''Just not being so splitter reliant, throwing my fastball more, using my slider some,'' he said.

Matz lost his third straight start, giving up five runs and nine hits in five-plus innings.

''Stuff just wasn't sharp,'' he said. ''Everything was up.''

WELCOME TO THE SHOW

Domingo Acevedo was recalled from Trenton by the Yankees, then was returned to Double-A after the game. A 24-year-old right-hander, Acevedo is 6-6 with a 3.25 ERA in 23 starts. He was watching Netflix in his hotel room and at first thought something was wrong when manager Jay Bell and pitching coach Tim Norton knocked on his door at about 11 p.m. Friday in Binghamton. Acevedo called his mom, in the Dominican Republic, and she also thought something was amiss given the late hour.

TOSSED

Mets hitting coach Pat Roessler was ejected in the third inning by plate umpire Larry Vanover for arguing from the dugout after a called third strike to Reyes, and DH Asdrubal Cabrera was tossed by third base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt after throwing his bat when called out on a checked swing with runners at the corners for the third out of the fifth, then from the dugout threw a batting glove.

OUCH

Nimmo was hit twice, setting a Mets record with 15 this season, one more than Lucas Duda in 2015.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: OF Tim Tebow was placed on the disabled list at Double-A Binghamton with a right hand injury.

Yankees: 2B Gleyber Torres, out since straining his right hip on July 4, began an injury rehabilitation assignment with Class A Tampa and is to rejoin the Yankees on Wednesday at Tampa Bay. Torres went 1 for 3 with a single and a walk. He scored a run and played seven innings on defense.

UP NEXT

RHP Jacob deGrom (5-4, 1.68), who has the lowest ERA in the major leagues, starts for the Mets and RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.54) for the Yankees.

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NYM40-56
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NYY63-34
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  • W: S. Gray (7-7)L: S. Matz (4-8)S: C. Shreve (1)
  • HR: NYM - M. Conforto (12), NYY - A. Judge (26)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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a- D. Mesoraco PH-DH20000000.230.309.399.7080.0
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M. Conforto LF32111111.221.346.381.7277.5
J. Bautista 3B21000210.216.368.413.7822.5
K. Plawecki C31000114.233.358.398.7561.5
A. Rosario SS41310000.249.292.379.6717.0
M. den Dekker CF30000031.000.105.000.105-1.5
b- T. Kelly PH01000100.100.182.100.2822.0
J. Reyes 2B30010111.177.256.241.4981.5
  • a-lined out for A. Cabrera in the 7th
  • b-walked for den Dekker in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Hicks CF40000113.245.347.480.8270.5
A. Judge RF41311001.286.398.558.9569.0
G. Stanton LF41100002.278.346.513.8592.0
G. Sanchez DH40000023.188.285.421.706-1.0
D. Gregorius SS41110001.268.329.482.8115.0
M. Andujar 3B43310000.287.322.497.8199.0
G. Bird 1B41220011.223.324.459.7835.5
B. Drury 2B40100002.184.259.286.5451.0
A. Romine C40120011.270.331.484.8152.5
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Conforto (12)
    • RBI - B. Nimmo (31), M. Conforto (34), A. Rosario (24), J. Reyes (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Rosario (11)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Judge (20), M. Andujar 2 (29), G. Bird (9)
    • 3B - D. Gregorius (3)
    • HR - A. Judge (26)
    • RBI - A. Judge (61), D. Gregorius (54), M. Andujar (40), G. Bird 2 (23), A. Romine 2 (26)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Romine (11)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Rosario (7)
    FIELDING
    • E - B. Nimmo
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Drury-Bird)
    • E - D. Robertson
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Matz (L, 4-8)5.09551303.651.29-3.5
    T. Peterson2.01110114.500.944.5
    A. Swarzak1.02110107.561.980.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Matz (L, 4-8)5.0
    T. Peterson2.0
    A. Swarzak1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Gray (W, 7-7)5.13323615.341.4917.0
    D. Robertson (H, 15)0.21000203.050.970.0
    J. Holder (H, 5)1.00000101.760.783.5
    D. Betances (H, 16)1.00000202.551.024.0
    A. Chapman0.01333002.030.93-7.0
    C. Shreve (S, 1)1.00000004.251.4410.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Gray (W, 7-7)5.1
    D. Robertson (H, 15)0.2
    J. Holder (H, 5)1.0
    D. Betances (H, 16)1.0
    A. Chapman0.0
    C. Shreve (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 92-62, T. Peterson 23-16, A. Swarzak 16-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 4-8, A. Swarzak 2-0
    • Batters Faced - S. Matz 25, T. Peterson 7, A. Swarzak 5
    PITCHING
    • HBP - S. Gray (7), A. Chapman (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 94-54, D. Robertson 15-10, J. Holder 9-5, D. Betances 14-9, A. Chapman 19-3, C. Shreve 9-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 4-6, C. Shreve 2-0
    • Batters Faced - S. Gray 23, D. Robertson 3, J. Holder 3, D. Betances 3, A. Chapman 5, C. Shreve 2
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Nimmo RF30010020.250.374.485.8592.0
    A. Cabrera DH30000012.280.332.487.820-0.5
    a- D. Mesoraco PH-DH20000000.230.309.399.7080.0
    W. Flores 1B50100011.266.317.446.7630.5
    M. Conforto LF32111111.221.346.381.7277.5
    J. Bautista 3B21000210.216.368.413.7822.5
    K. Plawecki C31000114.233.358.398.7561.5
    A. Rosario SS41310000.249.292.379.6717.0
    M. den Dekker CF30000031.000.105.000.105-1.5
    b- T. Kelly PH01000100.100.182.100.2822.0
    J. Reyes 2B30010111.177.256.241.4981.5
    Total31654161110-----
    • a-lined out for A. Cabrera in the 7th
    • b-walked for den Dekker in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Hicks CF40000113.245.347.480.8270.5
    A. Judge RF41311001.286.398.558.9569.0
    G. Stanton LF41100002.278.346.513.8592.0
    G. Sanchez DH40000023.188.285.421.706-1.0
    D. Gregorius SS41110001.268.329.482.8115.0
    M. Andujar 3B43310000.287.322.497.8199.0
    G. Bird 1B41220011.223.324.459.7835.5
    B. Drury 2B40100002.184.259.286.5451.0
    A. Romine C40120011.270.331.484.8152.5
    Total36712711514-----
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Conforto (12)
      • RBI - B. Nimmo (31), M. Conforto (34), A. Rosario (24), J. Reyes (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Rosario (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Judge (20), M. Andujar 2 (29), G. Bird (9)
      • 3B - D. Gregorius (3)
      • HR - A. Judge (26)
      • RBI - A. Judge (61), D. Gregorius (54), M. Andujar (40), G. Bird 2 (23), A. Romine 2 (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Romine (11)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Rosario (7)
      FIELDING
      • E - B. Nimmo
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Drury-Bird)
      • E - D. Robertson
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Matz (L, 4-8)5.09551303.651.29-3.5
      T. Peterson2.01110114.500.944.5
      A. Swarzak1.02110107.561.980.5
      Total10.01388162---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Matz (L, 4-8)5.0
      T. Peterson2.0
      A. Swarzak1.0
      Total10.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gray (W, 7-7)5.13323615.341.4917.0
      D. Robertson (H, 15)0.21000203.050.970.0
      J. Holder (H, 5)1.00000101.760.783.5
      D. Betances (H, 16)1.00000202.551.024.0
      A. Chapman0.01333002.030.93-7.0
      C. Shreve (S, 1)1.00000004.251.4410.0
      Total9.05656111---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gray (W, 7-7)5.1
      D. Robertson (H, 15)0.2
      J. Holder (H, 5)1.0
      D. Betances (H, 16)1.0
      A. Chapman0.0
      C. Shreve (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 92-62, T. Peterson 23-16, A. Swarzak 16-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 4-8, A. Swarzak 2-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Matz 25, T. Peterson 7, A. Swarzak 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Gray (7), A. Chapman (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 94-54, D. Robertson 15-10, J. Holder 9-5, D. Betances 14-9, A. Chapman 19-3, C. Shreve 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 4-6, C. Shreve 2-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Gray 23, D. Robertson 3, J. Holder 3, D. Betances 3, A. Chapman 5, C. Shreve 2
      • 9TH INNING
        Mesoraco grounded into double play second to first, Kelly scored, Reyes to third, Nimmo out at second67
        Nimmo hit by pitch, Rosario scored, Kelly to third, Reyes to second57
        Reyes walked, Plawecki scored, Rosario to third, Kelly to second47
      • 8TH INNING
        Romine grounded out to second, Andujar scored, Drury to third37
      • 7TH INNING
        Judge homered to left center36
      • 6TH INNING
        Bird singled to right, Andujar scored35
        Bautista scored on Robertson fielding error34
        Rosario singled to right center, Conforto scored, Bautista to third24
      • 4TH INNING
        Romine singled to left center, Bird scored14
        Bird doubled to deep center, Andujar scored13
        Andujar doubled to deep right, Gregorius scored12
        Gregorius tripled to right center, Stanton scored11
      • 2ND INNING
        Conforto homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Aroldis Chapman relieved Dellin Betances
        • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Plawecki walked
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario reached on an infield single to shortstop, Plawecki to second
        • Ty Kelly hit for Matt den Dekker
        • T. Kelly: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kelly walked, Plawecki to third, Rosario to second
        • J. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked, Plawecki scored, Rosario to third, Kelly to second
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo hit by pitch, Rosario scored, Kelly to third, Reyes to second
        • Chasen Shreve relieved Aroldis Chapman
        • D. Mesoraco: Foul, Ball, Mesoraco grounded into double play second to first, Kelly scored, Reyes to third, Nimmo out at second
        • W. Flores: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Flores grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Dellin Betances relieved Jonathan Holder
        • W. Flores: Foul, Ball, Ball, Flores flied out to deep right
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Anthony Swarzak relieved Timothy Peterson
        • M. Andujar: Andujar singled to shallow center
        • G. Bird: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Foul, Drury singled to right, Andujar to third, Drury to second on right fielder Nimmo fielding error
        • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Romine grounded out to second, Andujar scored, Drury to third
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hicks grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jonathan Holder relieved David Robertson
        • J. Reyes: Reyes popped out to shortstop
        • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
        • Devin Mesoraco hit for Asdrubal Cabrera
        • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Mesoraco lined out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Peterson Pitching:
        • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Judge homered to left center
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Stanton popped out to second
        • G. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Gregorius flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • W. Flores: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Flores popped out to first
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked, Conforto to second
        • David Robertson relieved Sonny Gray
        • K. Plawecki: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Plawecki struck out swinging
        • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Rosario singled to right center, Conforto scored, Bautista to third
        • M. den Dekker: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Bautista scored on Robertson fielding error, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, den Dekker struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • S. Matz Pitching:
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Andujar doubled to deep right
        • G. Bird: Ball, Bird singled to right, Andujar scored
        • Timothy Peterson relieved Steven Matz
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Drury flied out to shallow right
        • A. Romine: Foul, Strike swinging, Romine lined out to shortstop
        • A. Hicks: Hicks flied out to center
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. den Dekker: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, den Dekker struck out swinging, Rosario stole second
        • J. Reyes: Foul, Strike looking, Reyes fouled out to third
        • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Nimmo hit by pitch
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Matz Pitching:
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Judge doubled to left center
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Stanton grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sanchez fouled out to first
        • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gregorius fouled out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • A. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cabrera flied out to deep right
        • W. Flores: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Flores reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Conforto: Conforto lined out to second
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bautista walked, Flores to second
        • K. Plawecki: Foul, Ball, Ball, Plawecki grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Bautista out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Matz Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Foul, Gregorius tripled to right center, Stanton scored
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Strike swinging, Andujar doubled to deep right, Gregorius scored
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bird doubled to deep center, Andujar scored
        • B. Drury: Drury flied out to right
        • A. Romine: Foul, Strike swinging, Romine singled to left center, Bird scored
        • A. Hicks: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • M. den Dekker: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, den Dekker struck out swinging
        • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Matz Pitching:
        • B. Drury: Ball, Drury flied out to deep left
        • A. Romine: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Romine struck out looking
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
        • A. Judge: Judge flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • M. Conforto: Conforto homered to right center
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Bautista grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Plawecki: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Plawecki flied out to left
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Matz Pitching:
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gregorius flied out to center
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Andujar grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Bird: Ball, Strike swinging, Bird flied out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to first
        • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Flores struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Matz Pitching:
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Hicks grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Judge: Judge reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Stanton reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Judge out at second
        • G. Sanchez: Foul, Sanchez flied out to deep center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)