|Young: GS, 5RBI|
When starter Chris Capuano couldn't get out of the first inning and the Texas Rangers put up a five-spot on the NY Yankees, the situation looked dire for the Al East leaders.
But, the feeling didn't last long, as the Yanks put up 11 runs in the second inning and four more in the third on Chris Young's grand slam en route to a smashing, 21-5 victory.
Young, who walked and scored in the second inning, followed up his slam with a pair of doubles and another RBI, finishing the evening with a line score of 3-for-6 with four runs and five RBI.
The game was the second of a four-game series at Texas. The Rangers have the worst pitching staff (highest ERA) in the league and the Yankees are certainly taking advantage of the Rangers' weakness, taking the first game by a 6-2 score.
Opening a three-game series with the visiting Padres, the Mets gained to within one game of the first place Nationals, whipping the Padres, 4-0, while the Nats were held down by the Marlins, 4-1.
New York got an excellent pitching performance from starter Noah Syndergaard (5-5), who went eight innings, allowing just three hits and no earned runs.
The 6'6" rookie out of Mansfield, Texas, goes by the nickname "Thor," and he certainly looked like the god of thunder on the mound Tuesday night, tossing a perfect game through six innings before Will Venable led of the seventh inning with a sharp single up the middle.
Syndergaard allowed an infield single to the next hitter, Yangervis Solarte, but escaped the frame with the shutout intact. Yonder Alonso started the eighth with a single for the Padres, but Syndergaard shut down the side in order after that.
Tyler Clipart came on in the ninth in a non-save situation.
The Mets host the Padres for game two of the series on Wednesday, 7:10 pm EDT at Citi Field.