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Rapid Reaction: Mets 2, Yankees 1

WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees dropped the first game of the Subway Series and are now staring at Matt Harvey in Game 2.

MURPHY'S LAW: Coming on to pitch the eighth, David Robertson got into trouble. Mike Baxter hit a one-out ground-rule double. After a walk and a passed ball moved runners to second and third, Ruben Tejada grounded to Robinson Cano, who threw home to just get Baxter.

But then Daniel Murphy nailed a sharp RBI single for the decisive run, making Robertson the loser. It was Robertson's first loss of the season.

THE GARDNER DID IT: Brett Gardner made the best defensive play of the Yankees' season. In the bottom of the sixth, with the Yankees up a run, Gardner pulled an Endy Chavez on the Mets. Murphy hit what would have been a go-ahead two-run homer until Gardner leaped at the wall, extending clearly above the orange line to steal one and preserve the lead.

HUGHES PERFORMANCE: You can throw some "buts" in Phil Hughes' outing, although he did go seven innings and allowed just the one run. Yes, he was saved by Gardner in the sixth. In the seventh, trying to protect a one-run lead, he allowed David Wright to a nail a mammoth shot. And, finally, Hughes was facing the Mets' putrid lineup.

Still, it was the type of outing that you could see Hughes having consistently next year if he leaves for the National League as a free agent this winter.

GARDNER MEETS THE WALL: In the bottom of the first, Wright hit an opposite-field shot off Hughes that would go out of a lot of parks, but Citi is not one of them. Chasing full speed after it, Gardner crashed into the wall. He appeared shaken up, but stayed in the game. Hughes left Wright at third by getting Lucas Duda to ground out.

GARDNER ON OFFENSE: The Yankees scored first when Gardner hit a triple in the top of the sixth. In truth, Duda should have played Gardner's opposite-field blooper a bit better, but he could not make a diving catch and let the ball sneak under him. This allowed Gardner to sprint around to third. He would score on a Jayson Nix single that just escaped the reach Baxter in right.

NIESE START: To begin the game, Jon Niese struck out the side, setting down Gardner, Nix and Cano. Niese pitched well, going seven innings and allowing just one run.