NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Murphy stood in the batter's box, twisting his body as if he were directing the flight of his soaring drive down the right field line.
The way the New York Mets were hitting balls all over Yankee Stadium the past two nights, it was hard to blame him for thinking he still had some control over where that one might end up.
With a full moon hanging over the right field stands, Murphy's shot struck high off the foul pole for a three-run homer Tuesday that highlighted the Mets' 12-7 victory over fill-in starter Vidal Nuno and the Yankees.
"Man, I didn't know if it was going to stay or not. I wasn't trying to pimp it. I was giving it some body English," Murphy said. "It's always nice to get rewarded for a good swing."
Curtis Granderson also hit a three-run shot, connecting for the second consecutive night in his old ballpark, and the Mets won both Subway Series games in the Bronx. He helped his new team jump out to a quick lead after the Mets used four homers to rally for a 9-7 victory the night before.
In all, the Mets hit six homers in the two games — they had 13 in their first 19 games at Citi Field — and were excited to see how their resurgent bats will do at their spacious home several miles away.
"It's nice to come here and feel good about yourself offensively, scoring some runs, hitting some homers," captain David Wright said. "Hopefully that translates and gives us some momentum going back home."
Wright had three hits and two RBIs, and Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-0) pitched 3 2-3 innings in relief of a wild Zack Wheeler as the Mets earned their sixth straight win their crosstown rivals, including a 4-0 mark last year.
Eric Young Jr. scored three runs without a hit, and the Mets won their third in a row overall to return to .500 after losing eight of nine. The banged-up Yankees learned right fielder Carlos Beltran has a bone spur in his right elbow that might require surgery, then lost their fourth in a row to drop to .500 for the first time since April 12. Both teams are 19-19.
"We've got to start playing better and pitching better and doing everything more consistently. We've got to go out and win a game tomorrow," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "A lot of times that changes the mood."
The Subway Series shifts to Queens for the final two games, and Mets fans have several reasons to be excited. Pitching prospect Rafael Montero will make his big league debut Wednesday night against high-priced Yankees rookie Masahiro Tanaka.
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