New York Yankees Beat Mets 4-3 on Chavez’s 7th-Inning Home Run

Eric Chavez hit the tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning as the New York Yankees rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat the Mets 4-3 at Citi Field last night, ending a three-game losing streak.

The teams play the final game of this Major League Baseball interleague series today, after splitting the first two contests.

The Yankees trailed until the seventh inning, when Raul Ibanez tied the score at 3-3 with a three-run homer. Chavez then hit his fifth home run of the season to give them the lead.

“A bloop and a blast -- they can get to you in a minute,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “Three-nothing against the Yankees isn’t exactly a monumental lead.”

The Yankees, who swept an earlier series at home against the Mets, lead the majors with 110 homers in 70 games, including 32 in the past 18.

“When you think about our club, they’re in scoring position when they walk to the plate,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters. “That’s the kind of club we have. They hit the ball out of the ballpark and we win games.”

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a solo homer to give the Mets a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Scott Hairston scored on Josh Thole’s ground-out to first in the fourth and pitcher Chris Young hit a run-scoring single in the sixth.

Rapada Gets Win

Yankee starter Ivan Nova allowed all three of the Mets’ runs and was replaced after Young’s plate appearance in the sixth inning by Clay Rapada (2-0) who struck out one in 1/3 inning for the win. Rafael Soriano, who allowed one hit and struck out two in the ninth, recorded his 14th save.

Jon Rauch (3-7) gave up one run on one hit and struck out one in 1 1/3 innings for the Mets in taking the loss.

First baseman Ike Davis, who hit the decisive three-run homer in Friday night’s Mets’ victory over the Yankees, was scratched from the starting lineup with possible food poisoning.

Yankees catcher Russell Martin left the game in the top of the ninth inning with a stiff back.

The Yankees (42-28) top the five-team American League East, while the Mets (39-33) are second in the five-team National League East, 3 ½ games behind the Washington Nationals.

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