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Sanchez hits pinch-hit grand slam to power Yankees to doubleheader sweep over Mets


Aaron Hicks launched a game-tying home run as part of a five-run seventh inning and Gio Urshela connected for a walk-off single in the eighth as the Yankees rallied to defeat the Mets, 8-7, in the first game of Sunday’s Subway Series doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.

With the Yanks down to their final out, DJ LeMahieu was hit by a Jared Hughes pitch and Luke Voit checked his swing, shooting a two-run single through the right side of the infield. After a run-scoring wild pitch, Hicks greeted Edwin Díaz by lining his third home run of the year into the right-field seats.

In the eighth, Urshela laced a run-scoring single to right field off Díaz, with Mike Tauchman slipping past the tag from catcher Wilson Ramos. The rally forced the Yanks’ first extra-inning game of the season after their bullpen woes continued. Rookie right-hander Brooks Kriske absorbed the brunt of the damage, charged with five runs in relief of starter Michael King.

The big blow was a two-run homer by former Yankee Robinson Canó, who rounded the bases for his 2,600th career hit and his 82nd home run at the current Yankee Stadium. It was Canó’s third homer in the Bronx since he left as a free agent after the 2013 season.


Deivi García offered a glimpse of the future and Gary Sánchez flipped his bat while watching the first extra-inning pinch-hit grand slam in Yankees history, powering a 5-2 victory over the Mets that completed a sweep of a Subway Series seven-inning doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

Rated as the Yankees’ No. 3 prospect by MLB Pipeline, the 21-year-old García showcased a sneaky fastball and a terrific curveball by striking out six over six sharp innings, scattering four hits in a 75-pitch performance. García is the first pitcher in Yankees history to throw at least six or more innings with no earned runs and no walks in his debut.

The Mets’ run off García came on Dom Smith’s single, following a Luke Voit error that opened the sixth inning. That forced the second extra-inning game of the day, and the struggling Sánchez provided the margin of victory when he mashed his sixth home run, savoring a long look at the ball’s flight before trotting around the basepaths in the eighth inning.