Beyond the joy Mets players take out of beating the rival Yankees, their nightcap win kept them five games out of first in the NL East.

MLB wrap: Mets, Yankees trade double-digit scores to split doubleheader

Pete Alonso hit a three-run homer off James Paxton in the first inning to set the tone as the Mets beat the Yankees, 10-4, to salvage a split of a doubleheader Tuesday.

Carlos Gómez and J.D. Davis added home runs later as the Mets collected 11 hits to score double digits in runs for the third time this season. Jason Vargas gave up three runs in six innings to get the win.

The Yankees hung up their own double-digit score in the first game of the twinbill, winning 12-5. Gio Urshela homered and drove in four runs and Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit each added a home run and three RBIs to key the offense behind Masahiro Tanaka (four earned runs in 6 2/3 innings).

Beyond the obvious joy the Mets (33-34) can take out of beating their crosstown rivals in the much-hyped Subway Series, that nightcap win was big for them in the standings. The Mets, who have played well since a rocky patch the first half of May, are only five games behind the NL East-leading Phillies and 4 1/2 games behind the second wild-card spot. Meanwhile, the Yankees (41-25) are tied with the Rays atop the AL East.

Studs of the night

Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal went 3 for 5 with a home run and four RBIs in a loss to the Astros.

Cardinals right hander Dakota Hudson struck out six and gave up only one run in seven innings in a 7-1 win over the Marlins.

Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon had a pair of home runs and drove in three in a loss to the White Sox.

Dud of the night

Pirates starter Chris Archer gave up four home runs in the span of five batters in the second inning (see below) against the Braves, and seven runs in six innings.


The Braves crushed four home runs in the second inning against the Pirates.

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Brewers (38-29) at Astros (46-22) 8:10 p.m. ⁠— Two of the best offenses in baseball go at each other again in Houston. The Astros will use veteran right hander Justin Verlander, who is off to a great start (9-2, 2.31 ERA, 0.74 WHIP), with Milwaukee starting Brandon Woodruff (8-1, 3.87 ERA).

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