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Gardner HR leads Yanks over Mets 4-1 as Tanaka hurt

Brett Gardner has always enjoyed the heightened atmosphere of the Subway Series, saying that he is entertained by the jockeying that takes place in the grandstands, no matter which borough the game is played in. That surely made his trip around the bases in Friday’s intercity opener all the more enjoyable.

Gardner slugged a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning to spoil Jacob deGrom’s dominant effort, and Giancarlo Stanton collected yet another Citi Field homer as the Yankees rallied late to defeat the Mets, 4-1. Gardner’s homer gave the Bombers their first lead of the evening after deGrom held the Yanks to a run on two hits over seven splendid frames.

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