Monday, August 3, 2015

Lucas Duda Powers Mets into First Place Tie with Nationals; Stephen Drew Carries Yankees Past White Sox

Players of the Day for Sunday, August 2, 2015

Lucas Duda
Stephen Drew
American League

The New York Yankees head back to home ground with a win at the end of a successful road trip, topping the White Sox, 12-3, Sunday as Stephen Drew provided the punch for starter Ivan Nova and a trio of relievers.

Drew singled, doubled, and tripled in five at-bats as the Yankees blew open a close game with five runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth.

The Yankee second baseman drove in four runs and scored twice. Nova allowed one earned run over six innings, striking out seven.

The Yankees took the series with the Sox, two games to one and completed a ten-game road trip with a 6-4 mark.

A day off is in store for the Yanks on Monday, before hosting the Red Sox for three games at Yankee Stadium beginning Tuesday.

The Yankees lead Toronto and Baltimore by six games in the AL East division.

National League

Socking three home runs in the third inning and getting another solid pitching performance from starter Noah Syndergaard, the New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals, Sunday, 5-2, tying them for first place in the NL East.

Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda all connected for home runs in the third inning off Nationals' starter Jordan Zimmermann, posting five runs in the frame, erasing a 1-0 Washington lead. Granderson and Duda each had two-run shots. Murphy's homer was of the solo variety.

Syndergaard kept the Nats in check, allowing just one more run over eight innings of work. Both Washington runs came on solo homers. Anthony Rendon socked one to open the game in the first inning; Yunel Escobar added his sixth of the season in the sixth.

Sweeping the series from the vision Nationals, three games to none, the Mets took Friday night's contest by a 2-1 score in 12 innings and won Saturday, 3-2.

On Monday, the Nationals return home to face the Diamondbacks, while the Mets travel to Miami to open a series with the Marlins.

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