Daniel Murphy’s eighth-inning single gave the Mets a 2-1 win against the Yankees in the first of four games this week between the New York teams.
A second straight victory lifted the Mets to 19-29, while the Yankees dropped to 30-20 in Major League Baseball with their second loss in a row.
“I know it’s the Yankees and they’re used to playing in these games,” Mets Manager Terry Collins told reporters. “For us, it’s a big win. The way we’ve been going, it’s huge.”
The Mets are fourth in the five-team National League East division, 10 games behind the Atlanta Braves, who lost 9-3 to the Toronto Blue Jays last night. The Boston Red Sox, who defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 9-3 last night, lead the American League East by one game from the Yankees.
The Yankees and Mets are playing four games in as many days, starting with two at Citi Field before the series concludes at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won five of six games between the teams last season and before last night had won 11 of 14 meetings in the series going back to 2010.
After five scoreless innings, the Yankees took the lead on Jayson Nix’s run-scoring single. The sixth inning ended with Brett Gardner leaping to make a catch above the wall that denied Murphy a two-run home run.
“I was fairly angry after he took that from us,” Murphy told reporters.
David Wright, who had a two-out triple in the first inning, led off the seventh for the Mets with a home run, his seventh of the year and first this season at Citi Field.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, a misfield by Yankees catcher Chris Stewart allowed Mike Baxter to advance to third and pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin to reach second. Stewart tagged Baxter at home plate on a throw by Robinson Cano before Murphy’s single scored Valdespin to put the Mets up 2-1.
Bobby Parnell then pitched his sixth straight save and eighth of the season to end the game.
Jonathon Niese, who led the Mets to their only win against the Yankees last season, gave up one run on eight hits in seven innings. Reliever Brandon Lyon took the win (2-2) after pitching a scoreless eighth inning.
Yankees opener Phil Hughes struck out six and surrendered one run on four hits in seven innings. David Robertson (3-1), who gave up Murphy’s game-winning single, took the loss.
Matt Harvey (5-0) is due to start tonight for the Mets against Hiroki Kuroda (6-3).