Bruce breaks loose: Homer leads Colon, Mets over Yankees 4-1
NEW YORK (AP) Jay Bruce, indeed, broke loose.
Bruce launched a three-run homer for his first hit since being traded, Bartolo Colon took a shutout into the seventh inning and the New York Mets beat the Yankees 4-1 Thursday night for a split of the Subway Series.
Bruce had been 0 for 10 since being acquired from Cincinnati on Monday before his drive into the Yankees' bullpen in right-center field made it 4-0 in the fifth inning.
''I told some guys it felt like my first major league homer running around the bases,'' he said.
Bruce's 26th homer gave him the NL RBIs lead with 83, ended an 0-for-19 rut overall and made him 5-for-56 against the Yankees. He cracked a smile on the way back to the dugout, where Colon and his new teammates greeted him with hearty high-fives.
''That's what he can do,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said. ''I think it's big for everybody.''
After each team won once at Citi Field earlier this week, the Mets took the wrapup of the two-game set at Yankee Stadium.
Colon (10-6) gave up six hits in 6 2/3 innings in earning his 228th victory, most among active players. The 43-year-old righty, who spent 2011 with the Yankees, became the first pitcher to win a Subway Series game for each New York team, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
''He doesn't quite throw as hard as when we had him. He was probably 92-93 (mph). He gets up to 91 now. But it's still the same guy,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''He's been doing it for a long time. It's impressive what he does at 43 years old. He's just got incredible control with really good movement.''
Colon struck out Brett Gardner to begin the first and fanned no one else, and he walked none. Colon escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the second while retiring 13 of 14 batters.
''I would say all of my stuff was working,'' Colon said through a translator.
Jerry Blevins took over for Colon and gave up an RBI single to Aaron Hicks. The reliever had stranded his previous 19 inherited runners.
Addison Reed pitched a perfect eighth and Jeurys Familia worked around a pair of one-out singles for his 38th save in 40 chances, retiring Rob Refsnyder on a game-ending double-play grounder over the third-base bag. Kelly Johnson gloved the ball, stepped on the base and threw to first.
Johnson lined the first pitch from Nathan Eovaldi (9-8) in the fifth over the right-field wall. Curtis Granderson doubled with one out, and Eovaldi made a late throw trying to catch him on a comebacker by Alejandro De Aza. With two outs, Bruce homered.
''Every non-out relaxes me a little bit,'' Bruce said. ''I make plenty of outs.''
The Mets outhomered the Yankees 8-2 in the four-game series, connecting twice each day. The Yankees lead their city rivals 62-46 in regular-season interleague play and beat them in the 2000 World Series.
De Aza started in center field after the Mets put slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list and De Aza made the defensive play of the night. He raced into the right-center gap for a diving, backhanded catch to rob Didi Gregorius in the fourth.
The last six hits for Bruce have all been home runs. ... Of his 99 hits this season, 54 have been for extra bases.
Mets: Cespedes (quadriceps) joined David Wright, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Asdrubal Cabrera and more Mets on the disabled list. Collins said he'd never overseen a team hit so hard by injuries.
Yankees: 1B Mark Teixeira was out of the lineup, a day after being hit on the left shin by a pitch from LHP Steven Matz.
Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-5, 2.48) faces the Tigers for the first time. He is 0-2 in his last four starts. The Mets will try for back-to-back wins for the first time since July 6-7.
Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (5-10, 5.13) starts at home, pitching vs. the Indians for the first time in his career. Mike Napoli and Brandon Guyer are the only Cleveland batters who have hit against Pineda.