NEW YORK – The last time the New York Yankees lost eight in a row, it was a different millennium.
One game a day suited them much better Saturday.
Clint Frazier scored the winning run on Dellin Betances' wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Yankees averted their longest losing streak in a quarter-century with a 2-1 victory over the crosstown New York Mets.
“It was big. It was definitely a grind-out win. Not the prettiest win, but we needed that bad," said All-Star infielder DJ LeMahieu, reinstated from the injured list before the game. “Hopefully that sparks us and we get back to playing how we should be playing, how we know how to. It was a tough little stretch there.”
J.A. Happ pitched brilliantly into the eighth and Luke Voit homered early at Yankee Stadium as the injury-ravaged Bronx Bombers stopped a seven-game slide that followed six straight wins. They haven't dropped eight in a row since August 1995 — just before their most recent dynasty of three consecutive World Series titles and four in all from 1996-2000.
The Mets had won three straight and six of eight, including a doubleheader sweep Friday at Yankee Stadium. Prior to that, the Yankees were also swept in a doubleheader Wednesday at Atlanta.
“Really good to get a victory and come in here and hear music,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Just a really good battle and had some winning at-bats there at the end.”
Wilson Ramos greeted reliever Adam Ottavino with a tying home run in the eighth off the screen attached to the left-field foul pole. The vaunted Yankees bullpen has blown late leads in all three games of this Subway Series so far.