Second installment of Subway Series gets started in the Bronx

Pete Alonso homered twice and drove in a season-high five runs, Justin Verlander pitched six shutout innings and the New York Mets beat the New York Yankees 9-3 on Tuesday night in their Subway Series opener.

Brittany Cadet

Jul 25, 2023, 11:44 PM

Updated 298 days ago

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NEW YORK (AP) - Pete Alonso homered twice and drove in a season-high five runs, Justin Verlander pitched six shutout innings and the New York Mets beat the New York Yankees 9-3 on Tuesday night in their Subway Series opener.
Jeff McNeil had three RBIs and Francisco Lindor added three hits and three runs for the disappointing Mets (47-53), hoping for a big week that might persuade ownership not to sell at the Aug. 1 trade deadline.
Alonso and Daniel Vogelbach connected back-to-back to begin the sixth against Domingo Germán, who fell to 0-2 in four starts since throwing the 24th perfect game in major league history June 28 at Oakland.
Germán (5-7) struck out nine in six innings at Yankee Stadium but was tagged for three homers and seven hits. McNeil's run-scoring single made it 7-0 in the seventh after a throwing error by rookie shortstop Anthony Volpe.
The 40-year-old Verlander (5-5) was touched for just two hits. He struck out six and issued four walks - three to DJ LeMahieu. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 5-0 in his last eight regular-season starts versus the Yankees.
Verlander was pulled after 98 pitches, and it took three relievers to get the next four outs. David Robertson entered with the bases loaded in the eighth and got two quick outs, leaving New York ahead 7-3 heading to the ninth.
McNeil's two-run double made it 9-3, and Adam Ottavino closed it out before a sellout crowd of 46,540.
Brandon Nimmo opened the game with a double and scored when Alonso's two-out pop fly dropped in shallow left-center for an RBI single.
Alonso lined a three-run homer on an 0-2 pitch in the third after Lindor got the two-out rally started with a bloop double and McNeil walked. It was Alonso's first homer in 13 games since July 6, his longest drought of the season. The slugger was in a prolonged slump before going 5 for 11 in Boston last weekend.
Alonso went deep to center field in the sixth for his 16th career multi-homer game and second this year.


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