The Yankees were one out away from their eighth loss in nine games when they erupted for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and won it in the eighth in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader in The Bronx.
Gio Urshela’s two-out single off Edwin Diaz drove in Mike Tauchman — who started the inning on second — with the winning run in a stunning 8-7 win over the Mets, who were looking for their fourth win in five games.
Urshela started on the bench after sitting out since Wednesday with a bone spur in his elbow, but he entered in the top of the seventh.
He lined a shot to right and Michael Conforto double-clutched before a strong throw home, but Tauchman dove in under Wilson Ramos’ tag attempt.
The Yankees looked dead until the Mets let them back in the game with an error by Andres Gimenez at third and Jared Hughes issuing a two-out walk to Tyler Wade and then hitting Thairo Estrada, who replaced DJ LeMahieu in the top of the inning.
Manager Luis Rojas went to Diaz to face the struggling Aaron Hicks. After Diaz’s wild pitch allowed Estrada to score, Hicks tied the game with a two-run line-drive shot to right that just cleared the wall. Tauchman followed with a liner to right and Conforto made a fine catch to extend the game.
Rick Porcello allowed two runs in five innings for a team that had its bullpen take a hit with Dellin Betances and Steven Matz both placed on the IL prior to the first game.
Porcello overcame a shaky first inning, when he was hurt by some bad defense behind him.
LeMahieu led off with an 11-pitch walk. Voit followed with a liner that was mishandled by third baseman J.D. Davis. The ball landed in shallow left and aggressive baserunning by LeMahieu got him to third. When no one from the Mets covered second base, Voit hustled to second. With runners on second and third, Hicks struck out looking before LeMahieu scored on a Tauchman groundout.
The slumping Gary Sanchez flied to left to end the threat.
Micheal King, making his second major league start, was strong until the fourth. He pitched around a leadoff double by Dom Smith in the second, getting consecutive groundouts from Robinson Cano, Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil.
But the Mets strung together five singles in the fourth — including four in a row. Only Alonso’s RBI liner to center was struck well, including a flair by Davis to lead off the frame and a bloop by McNeil to load the bases after Alonso tied the game at 1-1 with a sharp hit to center.
A Ramos liner to right drove in Cano to give the Mets their first lead.
King got Gimenez on a pop up for the second out before being removed for Brooks Kriske to face Brandon Nimmo. Kriske fanned Nimmo to end the inning.
The Yankees tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Tauchman drew a one-out walk and scored on Ford’s double to left that Smith got turned around on twice.
But with two outs in the fifth, Cano took Kriske deep to right-center, to make it 4-2.
More shoddy pen work by Kriske and Ben Heller in the sixth helped the Mets pad their lead, as Kriske walked the bases loaded and Heller allowed a two-run double to Conforto and hit Alonso to force in another run.