NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 22: Andrew Benintendi #18 of the New York Yankees slides safely into home ahead of the tag by James McCann #33 of the New York Mets on a sacrifice fly hit by DJ LeMahieu #26 of the New York Yankees (not pictured) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium on August 22, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

YANKEES 4 – METS 2

The Yankees took full advantage of a rare off-his-game Max Scherzer to beat back the Mets 4-2 at Yankee Stadium to open up the second round of the Subway Series.  The victory marked the Yanks’ first two-game winning streak since July 28-30 when it won three straight against the Kansas City Royals.

“It’s a long season and we haven’t been playing the type of ball we want to. It’s time to get back to what we do,” slugger Aaron Judge said afterward.

Judge who struck out three times against Scherzer back in July when these two teams met at Citi Field, was 2-for-4 on Monday night including a solo home run in the third inning that catapulted the Yankees out to a 2-0 lead.

Andrew Benintendi drove in a pair in the Yankees’ victory. His first RBI came on a double to right, scoring Isiah-Kiner Falefa to make it 3-0. In the seventh inning, Benintendi put the game away when his RBI single scored Kiner-Falefa again with Scherzer running out of gas.  The loss dropped Scherzer to 9-3 on the season; his ERA rose to 2.33.

On the flip side, Domingo German put forward one of his better outings of the season. He held the Mets to just two runs, one earned, over six-and-a-third innings of work to improve to 2-2 on the year. The only trouble he got into was in the top of the seventh inning when Daniel Voglebach hit a two-run homer into the bullpens in the right field.

The two rivals go at it once more on Tuesday night with Taijuan Walker getting the ball for the Mets against Frankie Montas for the Yankees.

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