The New York Yankees won Game 3 against the New York Mets, 6-5, to clinch the Subway Series at Citi Field on Sunday night. R.A. Dickey struggled with the command of his knuckleball, and saw his streak without allowing an earned run end after 44 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs, all earned, off five hits and three walks in six innings, striking out three.
CC Sabathia was even shakier. He was pulled with one out left in the in the sixth inning after giving up an Andres Torres two-RBI single to bring the Mets back within one run, 5-4. Sabathia gave up nine hits and two walks while striking out three.
Sabathia gave up five runs in his stint on the mound, but only one earned thanks to some poor defense by the Yankees. Torres stole second, then advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Chance Stewart in the third inning. Ruben Tejada then scored Torres on a sac fly to put the Mets on the board. In the sixth inning, Justin Turner was safe at first after Robinson Cano's throw went awry. He later scored on Torres' single.
The Yankees' offense was in fine form, however. They took a 4-0 lead in the third inning. Mark Teixeira ended Dickey's streak on a sac fly with the bases loaded, scoring Curtis Granderson. Nick Swisher blasted his 11th home run of the season to center field on the next at-bat, scoring Alex Rodriguez and Cano. The Yankees held a 5-1 lead into the middle of the fifth inning after Teixeira drove in Granderson yet again on a fielder's choice ground ball to second base.
The Met promptly stormed back. They added one run in the bottom of the fifth on a David Wright single to left, scoring Dickey. Tejada singled to score Vinny Rottino off Yankees pitcher Cory Wade in the sixth inning. Wade had just stepped to the mound in place of Sabathia. The run tied the game, 5-5, going into the seventh.
Cano sealed the game in the eighth inning with yet another home run for the Yankees. Cano sent the ball well past the center field fence, 440 feet from the plate. The homer was Cano's 16th on the year. Miguel Batista (1-2) earned the loss for giving up the blast. He gave up two hits and struck out two in his two innings of work.
Boone Logan (2-0) earned the win after striking out two in 1 1/3 innings from the start of the seventh. Rafael Soriano notched his 15th save of the year after allowing one hit and striking out one in the midst of a downpour during the bottom of the ninth. Lucas Duda was left on first base as Ike Davis flied out to right to end the game.
Wright extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Raul Ibanez went 3-for-4 on the night. Derek Jeter went 0-for-5.
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