Mets Win 3rd Straight in Victory Over Yankees; Nationals Set Team Records
Justin Turner hit a run-scoring double in the fourth inning, followed by Murphy’s home run to give the Mets (22-22) their third straight win and 10th victory in the last 14 games.
R.A. Dickey unleashed his knuckleball on the Yankees and struck out six on the way to his second win this season.
“Whenever you face a knuckleballer, you’re really not sure what’s going to happen, because it’s not something guys face every day,” Yankee manager Joe Girardi told reporters. “We had some opportunities, but it’s a totally different day for all of our hitters.”
Mark Teixeira homered in the third, his 11th of the season, to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees (23-20) lost their sixth straight home game for the longest losing streak at Yankee Stadium since an eight-game stretch from May 16-26 in 2003.
Dickey (2-5) went six innings, giving up four hits and one run. Francisco Rodriguez got his 15th save after pitching a perfect inning with two strikeouts.
Yankee pitcher Freddy Garcia (2-4) surrendered five hits and two runs in seven innings.
In Baltimore, the Nationals (21-23) set a record with six home runs in a single game as they defeated the Orioles (19-24) 17-5 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Danny Espinosa homered and drove in five runs, Jayson Werth add two home runs and four runs batted in, and Roger Bernadina, Wilson Ramos and Laynce Nix contributed a homer each for the Nationals, who tallied a season-high 19 hits.
“We’ve played good baseball. We just haven’t really had too many offensive nights,” Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. “So hopefully this will be the start of something.”
Henry Rodriguez (1-0) worked three scoreless innings for the victory. Jake Arrieta (5-2) gave up six hits and six runs in 3 2/3 innings.
“They swung the bats well. Got into some deep counts, though, and gave them some hittable pitches,” Arrieta said. “They still got to put good swings on the ball in order to score that many runs. It’s not a great feeling.”
In the National League, it was Milwaukee 7, Colorado 6 (14 innings).
In interleague games at National League Stadiums, it was Philadelphia 3, Texas 2; Pittsburgh 10, Detroit 1; Florida 5, Tampa Bay 3; Seattle 4, San Diego 1; Arizona 8, Minnesota 7; and San Francisco 2, Oakland 1 (10 innings).
In interleague games at American League Stadiums, it was Cleveland 5, Cincinnati 4; Houston 5, Toronto 2; Kansas City 3, St. Louis 0; Boston 15, the Chicago Cubs 5; the Los Angeles Dodgers 6, the Chicago White Sox 4 (10 innings); and the Los Angeles Angels 9, Atlanta 0.
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