Yankees sink Mets in ‘Subway Series’ opener

Starlin Castro’s sacrifice fly gave the New York Yankees the bragging rights in the opening game of their ‘Subway Series’ with the Mets at Citi Field on Monday night.

Castro’s fly ball in the 10th inning allowed Jacoby Ellsbury to score, giving the Yankees a 6-5 win and continuing their good run against their New York rivals, who they have now beaten seven times in the last nine meetings.

It had looked like a defeat was on the cards until Didi Gregorius’s double in the eighth tied it at 5-5 after Wilmer Flores and Matt Reynolds had earlier homered for the Mets.

Danny Duffy pitched a franchise-record 16 strikeouts to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Duffy was in devastating form on the mound and threatened a no-hitter until Desmond Jennings eventually laid bat on ball for the Rays in the eighth.

Kendrys Morales hit a home run while Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain both hit RBIs for the reigning World Series champions.

Max Kepler found his range for the Minnesota Twins as they beat the Cleveland Indians 12-5.

Kepler smashed three two-run homers and added another single as the Twins were too good for the Central leaders.

Carlos Correa’s walk-off double gave the Houston Astros a 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a marathon encounter which went to 14 innings, while the Chicago Cubs eased to a 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals hammered the Arizona Diamondbacks 14-1.

The Boston Red Sox scored at the top of the ninth inning to secure a 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners and a five-run fifth inning for the San Diego Padres set up a 7-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

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