Dominic Smith hit a go-ahead solo home run as the New York Mets homered three times in a span of five batters in the sixth inning to beat the New York Yankees 6-4 Friday in the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.
Pete Alonso and Jake Marisnick also homered off Chad Green (2-2) as the Mets opened the five-game series by erasing a four-run deficit.
Alonso forged a 4-4 tie by snapping an 0-for-13 skid when he hammered Green’s full-count fastball onto the netting above Monument Park in center field for his sixth homer, a three-run blast.
Three batters later Smith gave the Mets a 5-4 lead when he lined Green’s 0-2 fastball into the Yankees bullpen beyond the center field fence for his team-leading seventh homer.
Smith’s homer came after an emotional postgame interview following Wednesday’s game against the Miami Marlins. Smith cried when discussing the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. The Mets did not play Thursday after taking the field and participating in a 42-second moment of silence in honor of Jackie Robinson, whom baseball honored Friday.
Marisnick made it 6-4 when he lifted Green’s 0-2 fastball into the left-field seats for his first homer as a Met.
Smith also scored the Mets’ first run on a wild pitch by Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery in the fifth.