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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Postgame notes: Hiro can't prevent sweep

By Wallace Matthews

It may have been a short series, but a sweep is a sweep. With their dramatic 2-1 ninth-inning victory Tuesday night at Citi Field, the Mets pulled off their third sweep of the Yankees in the 17-year history of the Subway Series, dropping the Yankees into their first three-game losing streak of the season. They were the last team in baseball to have yet to lose three in a row this season.

The Yankees and Mets will now head to the Bronx for two games.

Hiroki Kuroda
Hiroki Kuroda threw seven shutout innings on Tuesday night.
• There weren't many Yankees highlights in Queens, but Hiroki Kuroda was certainly one of them. The hard-luck right-hander, in his first outing since having to leave his last start after taking a one-hopper off his calf, threw seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits, walking none and striking out seven. Still, he and Matt Harvey, who pitched him virtually to a standstill, had to settle for no-decisions. The win went to reliever Scott Rice, the loss to Mariano Rivera.

Brett Gardner was another highlight. Although Gardner was charged with the throwing error that set up the game-winning run in the ninth, Joe Girardi seemed to feel catcher Chris Stewart should have stopped the ball from going through, and Mo admitted he should have been backing up the play. But before that, not only had Gardner had four excellent at-bats against Harvey -- two hits, a run scored and two line outs -- he also made his second spectacular catch in as many nights to rob Daniel Murphy, this time of a possible double as he ran into the center field wall to snag his sixth-inning drive with a runner on second.

"I don't think he's too happy with me right now," Gardner said of Murphy. "But that's all right."

Lyle Overbay struck out in his first two at-bats against Harvey, once on a 97 mph fastball and once on a changeup, but hung in against the change in his third at-bat and lined it into right-center to drive in the Yankees' only run of the night, in the sixth inning.

David Robertson bounced back from his nightmarish outing in taking the loss Monday night to pitch a spotless eighth tonight. "I wouldn't rather have another eighth- or ninth-inning guy in the game," Gardner said of Robertson and Rivera. "But they're not perfect."

• The loss dropped the Yankees to 30-21, a game behind the Red Sox in the AL East, and below 10 games over .500 for the first time since May 16.