There have been many great moments over the years during the Subway Series.
You’d be hard-pressed to find many in Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader in The Bronx, as the Yankees and Mets split a pair of ugly games marred by bad pitching and sloppy defense.
In the opener, the Yankees used three homers — including a three-run shot by Luke Voit — to pound Zack Wheeler and the Mets, 12-5. The Mets did the same to James Paxton and the Yankees in the nightcap, winning 10-4.
The two teams meet again in July at Citi Field, but few people figure to mark their calendars following Tuesday’s mess.
The Yankees ended the day in a first-place tie with the Rays in the AL East, but their starting pitching continued to be unimpressive in the loss Tuesday night, with Paxton allowing six runs in just 2 ²/₃ innings.
He was roundly booed as he walked off the mound after being pulled in the third inning in his second consecutive bad outing since coming off the injured list with left knee inflammation.
Paxton allowed a leadoff double to Jeff McNeil, followed by a single to J.D. Davis and then a three-run bomb to left-center by Pete Alonso that gave the Mets a 3-0 lead just three hitters into the nightcap. The left-hander gave up three more runs in the third.
The Yankees threatened against Jason Vargas in the bottom of the first but didn’t score and then loaded the bases with no one out in the third, when Gleyber Torres got them on the board with a single. A pair of groundouts by Clint Frazier and Gio Urshela made it 6-3.
But a two-run shot by Davis off Chance Adams in the fourth bolstered the Mets’ lead again.
Vargas (3-3), who entered the game 0-6 with a 6.93 ERA in 10 previous starts versus the Yankees, settled in and finished six solid innings.
The victory by the Mets came after Masahiro Tanaka overcame a four-run third in the opener.
It was the third straight outing in which the right-hander allowed at least four earned runs. Unlike Tanaka’s previous two starts, the Yankees won this one — mostly because the Mets played a brutal game and Wheeler was burned by homers yet again.
Tanaka (4-5), pitching on six days’ rest following the birth of his daughter on Friday, retired the first six batters he faced until Amed Rosario reached on a throwing error by Didi Gregorius to lead off the third.
Tomas Nido followed with a single to center to put runners on the corners with no one out.
A “Let’s Go Mets” chant broke out in the stands with Juan Lagares at the plate. Lagares hit a grounder up the middle and Gregorius made a diving stop on the play, but the ball popped out of his glove for an infield hit that scored Rosario.
McNeil then smacked the first pitch of the next at-bat out to right-center. The three-run shot gave the Mets a 4-1 lead, which proved to be short-lived.
Brett Gardner opened the bottom of the inning with a single up the middle. Wheeler made a nice bare-handed play on a DJ LeMahieu chopper and fired to second in time to get Gardner, but Rosario missed the base and Gardner was ruled safe after the Yankees challenged the play.
Wheeler got the next two outs before Gary Sanchez blooped a single to right, just beyond a diving McNeil, to drive in Gardner.
The Yankees tied the game in the fourth with Urshela’s two-run shot that followed another single by Kendrys Morales. Urshela had three hits in the game.
They took the lead later in the inning thanks in part to a costly two-base throwing error by Todd Frazier on a LeMahieu grounder to third. Aaron Hicks walked to bring Voit to the plate with runners on first and third.
Wheeler then gave up a two-out, three-run shot into the bleachers in right by Voit to put the Yankees up, 7-4.