Gotham Game to Mets
New York — Chris Young hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, Jenrry Mejia provided a jolt after his reluctant move to the bullpen and the previously punchless New York Mets went deep four times to rally past the Yankees 9-7 Monday night in the Subway Series opener.
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 the hitter-friendly confines across town, 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 LLC. They began the day ranked 29th in the majors with 22 home runs.
The Mets also hit four doubles in their latest win over the Yankees. The Mets went 4-0 against them last year.
Brett Gardner hit an early grand slam off ex-Yankee Bartolo Colon, and Derek Jeter had three hits for the first time since September 30, 2012, in Toronto. Carlos Beltran left in the seventh with a hyperextended elbow.
Bumped to the bullpen before the game, Mejia (4-0) entered in the seventh for his first big league relief appearance since September 2012. He struck out Alfonso Soriano on three pitches and worked a scoreless eighth.
Tigers 4, Orioles 1
Baltimore — Rick Porcello won his fifth straight start, and Detroit beat Baltimore in a duel between AL division leaders that included by a bench-clearing fray.
After Ian Kinsler’s two-run homer in the eighth made it 4-1, Orioles starter Bud Norris hit Torii Hunter in the ribcage with a pitch. Hunter yelled at Norris, and as he made his way toward first base, the Tigers outfielder moved slightly in the direction of the mound.
That caused both dugouts to empty, and relievers from both bullpens charged toward the infield. Order was quickly restored before anyone blatantly shoved each other, and no punches were thrown.
Blue Jays 7, Angels 3
Toronto — Mark Buehrle became the first seven-game winner in the majors, Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie homered and Toronto beat Los Angeles to avoid a four-game sweep.
Buehrle (7-1) allowed two runs and six hits in six-plus innings. He walked a season-high five and struck out two. The left-hander came in with an AL-leading 1.91 ERA, but saw that rise to 2.04, the same as Detroit’s Max Scherzer.
Rangers 4, Astros 0
Houston — Colby Lewis threw 52⁄3 shutout innings, and Adrian Beltre and Rougned Odor each homered to lead Texas to a win over Houston.
Lewis (3-2) struck out a season-high eight and allowed seven hits to improve to 4-0 in his career at Minute Maid Park.
Cubs 17, Cardinals 5
St. Louis — Junior Lake homered, doubled twice and drove in six runs as Chicago broke loose, routing St. Louis.
The Cubs had totaled just four runs while getting swept in a three-game series at Atlanta over the weekend, and had lost seven of eight overall.
Chicago has the worst record in the league at 13-24, but is 4-3 against the defending NL champions.
Mike Olt’s two-run homer capped a four-run first. Leadoff man Emilio Bonafacio had four of Chicago’s 20 hits and scored four times, once on a play overturned by video review.
Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro each drove in three as the Cubs set season highs for runs and hits.