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Mets Avoid Sweep Against Yankees, Winning 3-2 in 10 Innings

The New York Mets avoided a sweep in their three-game interleague series against the New York Yankees, winning 3-2 in 10 innings after tying the game in the bottom of the ninth against Mariano Rivera.

Jason Bay delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning yesterday after an error by Yankees shortstop Ramiro Pena loaded the bases with two outs.

The Yankees led 2-1 and were one strike away from a sweep before the Mets rallied against Rivera, whose 580 saves rank second in Major League Baseball history. With two outs, Bay walked and Lucas Duda and Ronny Paulino followed with back-to-back singles to force extra innings at Citi Field.

“This game is enormous,” Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters. “To have the game we had, to battle to the end and to score off Mariano, it doesn’t happen very often.”

In the 10th inning, the Mets loaded the bases on a walk, a hit batter and Pena’s error before Bay’s single off Hector Noesi, the Yankees’ third relief pitcher of the inning. Pena also made an error in the ninth inning for the Yankees, who are scheduled to activate starting shortstop Derek Jeter from the 15-day disabled list today. Jeter made his second rehab appearance for the Yankees’ Double-A minor league affiliate in Trenton, New Jersey, last night.

The Yankees fell to 13-5 against National League teams this season and have a 4-2 record against the Mets. The Yankees are 50-32 overall, the best record in the American League, and are 14-4 without Jeter.

The Mets, held to one run over the first seven innings by Yankees starting pitcher Freddy Garcia, improved to 42-42.

Bay Comes Through

“To come through in an unbelievable game and to come back in a big series, just to salvage that, it means a lot,” said Bay, who is hitting .242 after collecting eight hits in his last 22 at-bats.

The Yankees had snapped a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning as Brett Gardner hit a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Curtis Granderson. Gardner had been hitless in his previous 28 at-bats at Citi Field.

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, voted to the All-Star team yesterday, missed the series finale with tightness in his left hamstring. The injury was diagnosed as a Grade 1 strain -- the mildest form -- and Reyes’s availability is day-to-day, the Mets said. Reyes, who was limited to 36 games during the 2009 season because of leg injuries, has a major league-best .354 batting average, 124 hits and 15 triples.

Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 27th home run yesterday as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 to avoid a three-game sweep. Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee had his scoreless innings streak ended at 34, allowing six earned runs over 7 1/3 innings.

In yesterday’s other interleague games, it was Cincinnati 7, Cleveland 5; Detroit 6, San Francisco 3; Baltimore 5, Atlanta 4; Tampa Bay 8, St. Louis 3; Boston 2, Houston 1; Minnesota 9, Milwaukee 7; Kansas City 16, Colorado 8; Oakland 7, Arizona 2; Seattle 3, San Diego 1; Florida 6, Texas 4; the Los Angeles Angels 3, the Los Angeles Dodgers 1; and the Chicago Cubs 3, Chicago White Sox 1. In the National League, it was Pittsburgh 10, Washington 2.

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