New York Mets
WHAT IT MEANS: Little Jerry Seinfeld may be the chicken, but it was the Mets who laid an egg in the seventh inning as the Yankees rallied to win 4-3 on Saturday before a Citi Field-record crowd of 42,122.
Chris Young had breezed through six innings, blanking the Yankees while allowing only two hits. Things then unraveled quickly.
With the Mets leading 3-0 thanks to an RBI single by Young that chased Ivan Nova the previous half-inning, Young walked Mark Teixeira to open the seventh.
Nick Swisher followed by sending a sinking line drive to right field. Lucas Duda initially stepped backward. He changed direction too late. Not only did the catchable ball drop in front of Duda, it also skipped by the novice right fielder. Swisher was credited with a double.
Raul Ibañez then sent the next pitch over the right-field wall for a three-run homer that evened the score.
New York Mets
That ended Young's night, but not the Yankees' surge. Two batters later, Eric Chavez delivered his first career pinch-hit homer, against Jon Rauch, as the Yankees grabbed a 4-3 lead.
Rauch suffered his seventh defeat, which moved him even with Houston's Fernando Rodriguez for the most losses in the majors.
ON STRIKES: A pair of strikeouts in the seventh, then two more in the eighth, undermined a Mets comeback bid.
Jordany Valdespin had a leadoff double in the seventh and reached third on a groundout, but southpaw Boone Logan entered and consecutively struck out Duda and Daniel Murphy as the opportunity to even the score at 4 went for naught.
The Mets placed two runners on base with one out in the eighth against David Robertson, but pinch hitter Justin Turner and Kirk Nieuwenhuis consecutively struck out.
THE SCORE: The Mets had owned a 3-0 lead. They opened the scoring in the third when Nieuwenhuis tucked a homer inside the left-field foul pole. An inning later, Alex Rodriguez’s error on Scott Hairston’s leadoff grounder to third base led to an unearned run and two-run lead. Hairston advanced to third on Omar Quintanilla’s double and scored on Josh Thole’s groundout. (Derek Jeter, like A-Rod, committed an error in the game.) Young’s RBI single in the sixth made it 3-0 after a two-out intentional walk to the No. 8 hitter Thole had placed runners at the corners.
WHAT'S NEXT: R.A. Dickey (11-1, 2.00 ERA) takes a streak of 42 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run into Sunday night's ESPN-televised game opposite CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.55). The Mets' franchise record for consecutive innings without allowing an earned run is within Dickey's reach -- 49 by Dwight Gooden in 1985.