TAMPA, Fla. - A season-high crowd of 7,157 witnessed the Yankees outlast the Mets, 5-1, on Saturday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Tampa (33-15, 72-46) won its seventh-straight game and 15th-consecutive home game while using 12 singles to clinch the series over St. Lucie (20-29, 53-64).
Erik Swanson (W, 6-2) produced six shutout innings to become victorious in five of his last six starts. The 23-year-old scattered six hits and a walk while striking out six Mets and throwing 64 of 95 pitches for strikes.
The Yankees peppered RHP Yeizo Campos with five singles in a three-run third. Three-straight knocks by Tim Lynch , Alexander Palma and Hoy Jun Park produced the first run. One out later, Estevan Florial and Chris Gittens connected on back-to-back run-scoring hits, giving Tampa a 3-0 lead.
Park led off the fifth with his second single of the night and promptly stole second before advancing to third on Florial's second knock. A groundout to shortstop by Gittens plated Park for the fourth Yankees run.
Campos (L, 0-1) surrendered four earned runs on eight hits in five innings, walking one while striking out six and throwing 48 of 78 pitches for strikes in his St. Lucie debut.
Donny Sands floated a base hit into shallow center to open the bottom of the seventh against RHP Gerson Bautista. Sands advanced on a groundout by Gosuke Katoh before scoring on a single into left by Lynch, giving the Yankees a 5-0 lead.
RHP Matt Frawley worked around an infield single in a scoreless seventh before running into trouble in the eighth. A single by Anthony Dimino and a double by Peter Alonso placed runners at second and third with one out. Frawley struck out Jhoan Urena and got a groundout from Patrick Mazeika to escape the jam.
The Mets broke up Tampa's shutout bid in the ninth against LHP Trevor Lane . On the first pitch, Lane beaned Tim Tebow on the helmet. The 29-year-old stayed in the game and motored home, two strikeouts later, on a double into the left field corner by J.C. Rodriguez. Lane got John Mora to fly out to end the game.
Florial (2-for-4, RBI) has now hit safely in all 10 games since rejoining Tampa, batting .341 (14-for-41) in that span. Lynch (3-for-4, RBI, R) and Park (2-for-4, RBI, 2R) also had multi-hit games. Gittens (1-for-2, 2BB, 2RBI) reached base three times.
The series concludes on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. RHP Taylor Widener (6-7, 3.80 ERA) is slated to make the start against RHP Kevin Canelon (3-2, 2.54 ERA). On "Kids Funday Sunday," kids ages 14-and-under can enjoy half-priced kids' meals and run the bases after the game. For tickets and more information, call (813) 673-3055 or visit www.tybaseball.com.
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