Written by: Daniel Correa (@DanielCorrea001)
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The New York Yankees completed a Subway Series sweep of their crosstown rival New York Mets on Thursday night at Citi Field, beating them 7-5.
Starting catcher Gary Sanchez led the charge with five RBI’s, with three of them coming in the first inning thanks to a 3-run homer to put the Yankees up 3-0 early.
It was the first time since 2003 that the Yankees swept the season (Subway) series from the Mets, while the Yankees made a statement that they truly are the kings of New York when it comes to bragging rights.
The only year that the Mets swept the season (Subway) series from the Yankees was in 2013.
Luis Severino (10-5) picked up his 10th victory of the season, tossing 6 1/3 strong innings and striking out nine Mets batters.
Severino only allowed one run on four hits in his brilliant outing, and bounced back nicely from his previous start at home against Boston, in which he allowed eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.
The Yankees won all four Subway Series games this season by two runs or less, winning the first two at Yankee Stadium 4-2 and 5-4 and winning the next two at Citi Field 5-3 and 7-5.
Newly acquired Yankee starter Sonny Gray earned his first career win as a Yankee in the second game of the four-game series.
The Bombers find themselves in the thick of a competitive playoff race in the American League Wild Card, with eight teams bunched up and all with legitimate shots of making one of the top two wild card spots.
The American League wild card is so bunched up that even the Toronto Blue Jays (59-62) are within reach to make one of the top two spots, as they are only three games out of the second wild card position.