New York Mets at New York Yankees
- The Yankees lead the all-time series against their cross-town rivals, 54-40. However, the Mets have captured the last four meetings, their longest winning streak ever versus the Yankees.
- The Mets broke a five-game losing streak Sunday by scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth before ultimately beating the Phillies in 11 innings, 5-4. The Mets collected 16 hits but left a season-high 17 runners on base.
- The Yankees have generated at least one extra-base hit in each of their past 48 games, the longest active streak in MLB. Yet their total of 108 extra-base hits in 2014 ranks no higher than 11th.
- Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 Sunday with a pair of doubles and his second homer of the season. He's hit in 28 of 34 games, the third-highest percentage (82.4) in the National League (minimum 25 games).
- Since 2001, Bartolo Colon's 7.71 ERA against the Yankees is the highest by any pitcher (minimum 40 IP). However, in his most recent start against the Yankees last June 11, Colon allowed three hits and no runs over 6.0 innings to post his first win versus New York since 2005.
- In his last two starts against the Mets, Hiroki Kuroda hasn't allowed any runs while surrendering just five hits in 47 at-bats (.106 batting average). But prior to 2012, Kuroda had posted a 5.75 ERA and permitted a .314 batting average versus the Mets.
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By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO
(AP) -- The New York Mets surprisingly slugged their way to their longest winning streak over the New York Yankees.
The Yankees, meanwhile, have matched their longest skid of the season and continue to be hit hard by injuries to key contributors.
Zach Wheeler will try to pitch the visiting Mets to a sixth straight win over the Yankees, who may be without Carlos Beltran on Tuesday night.
The Mets (18-19) are among the worst offensive teams in baseball with a .233 average, 26 homers and 4.1 runs per game. However, they broke out in a big way in the opener of this four-game crosstown series Monday, collecting 14 hits with a season-high four home runs to overcome a pair of three-run deficits to win 9-7.
That came a day after the Mets had 16 hits, including five doubles and a homer, to snap a five-game slide in a 5-4, 11-inning win over Philadelphia.
Eric Young and Chris Young have combined for 10 hits - four doubles - over the past two games, while joining fellow outfielder Curtis Granderson with a two-run homer each Monday.
"It was like a big party out there in the outfield, and it keeps you in the game," Chris Young said.
Granderson finished with two hits in his first game in the Bronx since moving to Queens via free agency. Still, it was only his fourth homer with the Mets, and he's batting .194 with 16 RBIs.
The Mets have won five straight against the Yankees (19-18), scoring 21 runs during three consecutive wins in the Bronx.
Monday's defeat was the third in a row for the Yankees, who have allowed 21 runs and 36 hits in those games. Already missing starting pitchers CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova, their offense could take a hit with Beltran's injury.
The veteran outfielder is expected to undergo an MRI after a hyperextended right elbow forced him out in the seventh inning Monday. Beltran is mired in a 5-for-43 skid, but ranks fourth on the team with 15 RBIs.
First baseman Mark Teixeira didn't start because of a tight left groin and right fielder Ichiro Suzuki and reliever Shawn Kelley were also missing due to their aching backs.
"That's what happens to guys that are older. You get bumps and bruises," Teixeira said. "But we have a very deep team. We have a bunch of guys that are champing at the bit to get at-bats. We have All-Stars sitting on the bench. So we'll fill in where we need to fill in."
Wheeler (1-3, 4.35 ERA) looks to earn his first win in nearly a month as he makes his Subway Series debut. The right-hander rebounded from a poor performance with a strong showing Wednesday at Miami, allowing two hits over six scoreless innings before leaving without a decision in a 1-0 loss.
He a 3.27 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 22 innings over his last four starts, but owns an 0-1 record thanks in part to being backed by six total runs.
Wheeler is 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA in three interleague starts.
The Yankees have dropped five of the past six at home behind a 6.40 ERA from the rotation, and giving the ball to Vidal Nuno (1-0, 5.47) may not help.
The left-hander has a 10.22 ERA in three home games - two starts - and has completed six innings only once in four starts overall this season.
Nuno was effective against the Mets last season, yielding two runs over six innings in a 3-1 loss May 30.
Derek Jeter had a season-high three hits Monday, raising his career average to .432 at home in the Subway Series.
Updated May 13, 2014