Maybe the Yankees have stopped the bleeding — and they have the Mets to thank in part.
The Yankees swept the Mets in the Bronx, earning their third straight victory with a 4-2 victory Tuesday in front of another sold-out crowd of 49,217.
And it came with a lot of tension, as Wandy Peralta blew Francisco Lindor into the center with the bases loaded to end it.
“It’s been a tough time and these wins can get us back to our swagger,” manager Aaron Boone said, as the Yankees held onto their AL East lead over Tampa Bay to eight games, while the Mets saw their advance. on Atlanta reduced to two games in the NL East.
The Mets lost two runs with two outs in the ninth, when pinch hitter Tyler Naquin walked on Clarke Schmidt, who had pitched three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Brandon Nimmo then hit an infield single and Starling Marte walked to charge the bases and knock Schmidt out of the game.
Peralta came in and Lindor almost matched it with a left liner, but he landed a foul.
Lindor followed with the fly ball down the middle.
“I understand the game was on the line and I just have to execute,” Peralta said through an interpreter.
Schmidt put it more bluntly: “Wandy came in and saved my ass.”
The series, in front of two electric crowds, inspired the teams.
“I’m thinking about it, because it’s as close to a playoff atmosphere as you can get,” he added. Aaron Judge, who hit his 48th home run, said if an October Subway series was on his mind. “This and at Citi Field. You look at the pace we are at and what they are doing as well. But first we have to get there.
The Yankees took the lead on Andrew Benintendi’s single in the seventh.
After the Mets tied the game in the top of the sixth, Oswaldo Cabrera led the seventh with a single down the middle and Isiah Kiner-Falefa brought it back in the second.
Pincher Jose Trevino threw one down the right field line, which Pete Alonso performed badly in one.
Benintendi then delivered a left single to put the Yankees in front again and Judge beat a two-out RBI single to make it 4-2.
Schmidt walked Lindor and gave up a single to Alonso to start the eighth, but allowed Daniel Vogelbach to go on a double play. With Lindor in third, Jeff McNeil lined up on the right.
Frankie Montas had his best start as a Yankee, giving up two runs in 5 ²/₃ innings, and the Yankees finally got to Taijuan Walker in the fourth inning after the Mets right-hander retired the first nine batters he had. faced during his first start. since leaving his previous outing in Atlanta on August 16 with back spasms.
Montas went through a 27-pitch first inning without allowing a run and again shook off trouble in the second – helped by a nice double play shot by Kiner-Falefa and Gleyber Torres.
Montas went on to retire eight straight, including five strikeouts in a row.
DJ LeMahieu went on a double play in the fourth inning before Judge smashed a 3-2 pitch into the left field bleachers, a 453-foot, 115-mph shot that gave the Yankees a 1- 0.
Cabrera drew a goal-laden march to make it 2-0.
Mark Canha drilled a double against the wall to right center in the fifth and Brett Baty reached interference from a receiver before Tomas Nido hit both runners for the top of the drive.
With one out, Marte chose on the right to score Canha, but Baty was also dispatched and ejected at home by Cabrera – playing only his second game on the right – to preserve the Yankees’ one-point lead, thanks also to a good tag from Kyle Higashioka.
The Mets tied the game on a wild play in the sixth. With Alonso first, McNeil doubled down the center right. Alonso should have scored easily, but stumbled around third base and stopped between third and home. McNeil was also caught between second and third on the play, but crowd noise kept Torres from knowing Alonso had stumbled and he didn’t kick home.
Instead, he led McNeil into second place, but McNeil beat him, allowing Alonso to score.