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New York Mets Use Five-Run First to Beat New York Yankees in Subway Series

Anthony Gruppuso -USA TODAY SPORTS

They say you can’t predict baseball and the New York Mets proved that maxim to be true during the first inning of their 9-4 win over the New York Yankees.

The Mets, who hadn’t scored five runs in a game since May 2, busted out of a team-wide slump with five runs in the first inning on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. Entering the game, the Mets had scored just 13 runs in the first inning all season.

After the Mets jumped out 2-0 lead, an error by Jayson Nix on a potential double play prolonged the inning. Daniel Murphy, Marlon Byrd and John Buck each contributed an RBI.

Struggling first baseman Ike Davis even got into the act with a two-run single to extend the lead to 5-0. Despite his struggles, Davis appeared to stave off demotion to the minors for yet another night.

Yankees starter David Phelps threw 36 pitches and recorded just one out before being replaced by Preston Claiborne. Four of the five runs were charged to Phelps, who dropped to 3-3 and saw his ERA jump from 3.96 to 4.65 on the season.

Mets starter Jeremy Hefner recorded a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings pitched to secure his first win of the season. Hafner tallied five strikeouts with nine hits and 0 walks. He’s now 1-5 with a 4.74 ERA.

The Mets improved to 1-9 in games started by Hefner. The Mets also got their first win over the season in a game following a start by Matt Harvey, according ESPN Stats & Info.

The Mets took the first three games of the four-game set against the Yankees, who are on a season-high four-game losing streak.

Jon Krouner is the New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jkrouner  ”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+