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Reeling Yankees blow one to Mets, falling 9-7 in 10 innings | Rapid reaction

NJ.com logo NJ.com 9/4/2020 By Randy Miller, nj.com

The Yankees kept blowing big leads Thursday at Citi Field, then they blew the game.

They got what they deserved in the end, another loss.

The Mets won it 9-7 in 10 innings on a two-run walk-off homer by Pete Alonso after the Yankees couldn’t hold 4-0 and 7-4 leads.

The Yankees ran themselves out of a chance to pull ahead again in the 10th when Tyler Wade started the inning on second base and then was doubled up on a lineout to right by D.J. LeMahieu. Wade wrongly thought LeMahieu’s liner fell in and was standing on third base when he was doubled up.

“It’s a situation where you have to be aware when everyone is there, especially with no outs, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It was a mistake.”

In the bottom of the 10th, Yankees rookie right-hander Albert Abreu entered the game and Dominic Smith was put on second, then Alonso won it for the Mets by blasting an 0-1, 98-mph fastball into the left-field seats.

The game went extras because Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman served up a game-tying homer in the ninth to J.D. Davis.

The Yanks broke a 4-4 tie by scoring two in the seventh and one in the eighth to make it a 7-4, but the Mets got two back in the bottom of the eighth against Zack Britton before getting to Chapman in the ninth.

Earlier, Yankees starter J.A. Happ was handed a 4-0 lead in the second inning, then blew it all by the fourth.

Chapman was lucky that didn’t end the game on Davis’' homer because Jeff McNeil worked a leadoff work and speedy pinch-hitter Billy Hamilton went to second on a walk before being thrown out trying to steal third by Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka.

Three pitches later, Davis rocked an 0-2, 99-mph fastball over the center-field wall to tie the game.

LOOKING AHEAD

Friday: Yankees at Orioles, Game 1, 5:05 p.m., YES. Deivi Garcia (0-0, 0.00) or TBA vs. RHP Alex Cobb (1-3, 4.33).

Friday: Yankees at Orioles, Game 2, YES. Deivi Garcia (0-0, 0.00) or TBA vs. RHP Jorge Lopez (0-0, 7.53).

Saturday: Yankees at Orioles, 7:35 p.m., YES. RHP Gerrit Cole (4-2, 3.91) vs. LHP Keegan Akin (0-0, 3.52).

Sunday: Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 p.m., YES. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 3.38) vs TBA.

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