On the strength of four home runs, the Mets took the first game of this year's Subway Series Monday night with a 9-7 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Trailing 7-4 after six innings, the Mets scored two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth against the Yankees' bullpen.
The Mets' Eric Young Jr. hit a two-run home run in the seventh to cut the lead to 7-6.
Lucas Duda's single in the top of the eighth scored Eric Campbell to tie the game at 7, and the next batter, Chris Young, hit a two-run home run to give the Mets a 9-7 lead.
The Yankees jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second inning thanks to a grand slam by Brett Gardner.
A solo home run from Travis D'Arnaud in the third and a two-run shot from Curtis Granderson in the fourth allowed the Mets to even the score at four. It was Granderson's first game back at Yankee Stadium since leaving the Yankees for the Mets in the offseason.
The Yankees added three more runs in the sixth to take a 7-4 lead and knocked Mets starter Bartolo Colon out of the game in the process. Colon was charged with all seven runs, though only six were earned.
Mets pitcher Jennry Mejia, who was demoted to the bullpen earlier in the day, got the win after pitching 1.1 scoreless innings in relief.
The Yankees put runners on first and third in the bottom of the ninth, but Mets reliever Kyle Farnsworth got Yankees catcher Brian McCann to ground into a game-ending double play.
Regardless of the hard feelings after the game, most fans who attended agreed that it doesn't get any better than the Subway Series.
"It's kind of exciting," said one Yankee fan. "I actually usually come with my best friend, who's a Mets fan.
"We love coming. We have a great time," said another Yankee fan. "Once in a while, my dad has to win one."
The Yankees and Mets will play again at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. They will then play Wednesday and Thursday night at Citi Field.