Martin’s Walk-Off Homer Sweeps Mets
Russell Martin put a Jon Rauch slider over the left field wall for a bottom of the ninth walk-off sending the Yankees to a come from behind 5-4 win on Sunday in the Bronx, and a Subway Series sweep of the Mets.
Martin’s solo-homer picked up Rafeal Soriano who blew his first save in the ten attempts in the top half of the ninth.
Lucas Duda and Ike Davis led off the ninth with back-to-back doubles to tie the game a 4-4, after the Mets saw a 3-0 lead slip away in the later innings.
Scott Hairston had an RBI single, followed by Jordany Valdespin’s two RBI double in the second inning off of Andy Pettitte.
Pettitte cruised from there and shook off pain in his pitching hand after bare-handing a bouncing come-backer in the fifth inning to throw six innings of five hit ball, with three runs (two earned – Robinson Cano fielding error in the third).
Jonathon Niese allowed Martin’s first homer, a two-run shot in the seventh to make it 3-2. The Met lefty exited after the seventh with the lead giving up seven hits and striking out six.
Derek Jeter led off the eighth with a slow, bouncing ball that shortstop Omar Quintanilla whiffed on, rolling just past the infield and allowing Jeter to scramble into second base.
The Yanks took a 4-3 when Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez each followed with singles off of Bobby Parnell, who was charged with a blow save.
Rauch (3-6) took the loss, while Boone Logan (1-0) got the win.
The Mets (32-29) have dropped six of their last seven heading into Tampa on Tuesday night.
The Yankees (34-25) have won six of seven and open a series in Atlanta on Monday, 0.5 games behind the Rays in the A.L. East.