Yankees leaning on Nuno in Subway Series finale

05/30/2013 12:00 AM ET
By The Associated Press

Vidal Nuno will be making just his third start of the season Thursday night.(AP)


(AP) -- The New York Mets have gone four years without sweeping the New York Yankees and have never posted a perfect record against their crosstown rivals in any season.

On Thursday night, the Mets will have a chance to pull off both feats as the teams close out the first edition of the new four-game home-and-home Subway Series.

The Mets (21-29), after losing five straight and 20 of 27 overall, are now on a season-best four-game winning streak, led by a resurgent offense that has piled up a number of clutch hits against the Yankees (30-22).

Following a pair of wins against the Yankees that came down to the latter innings, the Mets burst out for five runs in the first Wednesday and cruised to a 9-4 victory. The Mets entered the night having scored five or fewer runs in 22 straight games.

"Some great at-bats in the first inning," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I just think there's a different attitude in the clubhouse."

Slumping first baseman Ike Davis has two multi-hit performances in his last four games. Mired in a 4-for-53 skid entering Wednesday, Davis came up with a two-run single in the first inning.

"That's a five-star at-bat if you ask me. With guys in scoring position, that was huge," catcher John Buck said. "You can just see the quality of his at-bats literally the last week. They're completely different."

David Wright contributed a pair of runs Wednesday and is 5 for 11 with four runs in three games against them this season. He's a .322 lifetime hitter against the crosstown rivals.

Hoping to emerge out of his own skid, Dillon Gee (2-6, 6.34 ERA) will look to pick up his first win since May 1 for the Mets. He has posted an 8.36 ERA over his last three starts, with opposing batters hitting .373 off of him.

The right-hander has surrendered three or more runs in seven of his 10 starts, including Saturday against Atlanta. Gee allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings of a 6-0 loss.

He's been particularly bad on the road this season, going 1-3 with a 9.97 ERA, but pitched well in his lone career start in the Bronx. Gee limited the Yankees to three runs over seven innings in his second start against them June 9, but was on the wrong end of a 4-2 final.

Wednesday's loss was the season-high fourth straight for the Yankees, who have scored nine runs during that skid.

"I think we know what we're capable of doing. We just haven't been swinging the bats well," center fielder Brett Gardner said. "The Mets have really had our number."

Vidal Nuno (1-1, 1.93) is used to getting little support from his teammates. The Yankees have given him just two runs in two starts this season.

The rookie left-hander has been very good in both outings, yielding two runs and eight hits in 11 innings. He didn't receive a decision at Tampa Bay on Saturday after giving up two runs in six innings of a 4-3 victory.

Thursday night's lineups:


Justin Turner 1B
Daniel Murphy 2B
David Wright 3B
John Buck DH
Lucas Duda LF
Marlon Byrd RF
Anthony Recker C
Juan Lagares CF
Omar Quintanilla SS

Dillon Gee RHP


Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Brennan Boesch RF
David Adams 3B
Reid Brignac SS
Austin Romine C

Vidal Nuno LHP

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