NEW YORK – Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Jacob deGrom on an eighth-inning changeup, and the New York Yankees beat the reeling Mets 4-1 Friday night in the Subway Series opener.
Yankees hurler Masahiro Tanaka left the game due to hamstring problems after he sprinted home to score his first major league run.
Tanaka allowed one hit, a home run into the second deck in right by Brandon Nimmo on his second pitch. The 29-year-old right-hander scored standing up on Aaron Judge’s sacrifice fly, then was replaced before the bottom of the sixth.
“I felt stiffness in (both) hamstrings when I was running from third. I’m going to have a team doctor check it tomorrow, and decide on my schedule after that,” said Tanaka, who struck out eight in five innings.
Jonathan Holder, Chad Green (4-0) and Dellin Betances each pitched an inning, and Aroldis Chapman finished the four-hitter for his 16th save in 17 chances.
Giants 9, Nationals 5
In Washington, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg exited after two innings because of tightness in his right shoulder, and San Francisco pounded out eight extra-base hits.
Indians 4, Tigers 1
In Detroit, Jason Kipnis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the ninth.
Cubs 3, Pirates 1
In Chicago, Kris Bryant had three hits and scored a run while batting leadoff for the first time in his career.
White Sox 1, Red Sox 0
In Boston, Trayce Thompson had an RBI single in the seventh off Chris Sale.
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 1
In Toronto, J.A. Happ allowed two hits in seven innings to earn his 100th career victory.
Mariners 4, Rays 3
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Marco Gonzales won his fourth straight start.
Brewers 12, Phillies 4
In Philadelphia, Ryan Braun homered twice and drove in five runs.
Marlins 4, Padres 0
In Miami, Caleb Smith pitched into the sixth inning and had an RBI single for his first career hit.
Astros 7, Rangers 3
In Arlington, Texas, Justin Verlander struck out nine in seven innings.
Diamondbacks 9, Rockies 4
In Denver, Paul Goldschmidt continued his sizzling June with two long home runs and a double, leading Arizona over Colorado.
Angels 4, Twins 2
In Minneapolis, Ian Kinsler belted a two-run homer in the seventh.
Cardinals 7, Reds 6 (10)
In Cincinnati, Jose Martinez homered twice off Matt Harvey, and Jedd Gyorko singled home the tiebreaking run in the 10th.
Dodgers 7, Braves 3
In Los Angeles, Walker Buehler dominated before being pulled with rib soreness, and the Dodgers slugged five home runs.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said right-hander Kenta Maeda, who is on the disabled list with a right hip strain, threw a bullpen session and could possibly return to the rotation next week.
Athletics 7, Royals 2
In Oakland, Frankie Montas pitched shutout ball into the eighth to win his third straight start.