NEW YORK (AP) — With his pitching staff depleted by injuries, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi had only one choice: keep sending Vidal Nuno back out to the mound.
Nuno gave up a three-run homer to Curtis Granderson in a four-run first inning and things hardly got better for the fill-in starter Tuesday night as the Yankees were handily beaten by the Mets 12-7 for a two-game sweep in the Bronx.
"It's not something that we can go to our bullpen in the second inning. We just physically can't do it right now," Girardi said. "You can't ask these guys to continue to do this. It's not fair to them and their careers, so I knew I had to leave him out there."
Making his fifth start in place of injured Ivan Nova, out for the season following Tommy John surgery, Nuno gave up seven runs — five earned — on four hits, four walks and a hit batter in 3 1-3 innings.
The Yankees' pitching woes deepened, too. Reliever Shawn Kelley was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 7, with a bad back. After the game, Girardi said right-hander Chase Whitley will be called up from the minors to start in place of CC Sabathia on Thursday.
On the DL with right knee inflammation, Sabathia was examined by Dr. James Andrews.
"I think he agreed with the MRI and it's basically rest, get it to calm down, and see if we can get him back out there," Girardi said in relaying Andrews' opinion.
Granderson connected for the second consecutive game in his old ballpark, helping the Mets jump out to a quick lead after they used four homers to rally for a 9-7 victory the night before.
Daniel Murphy hit a three-run shot, David Wright had three hits and two RBIs, and Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-0) pitched 3 2-3 innings in relief of a wild Zack Wheeler. The Mets earned their sixth straight win against their crosstown rivals, including a 4-0 mark last year.
"It's nice to come here and feel good about yourself offensively, scoring some runs, hitting some homers," Wright said. "Hopefully that translates and gives us some momentum going back home."
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 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.
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