Starling Marte’s Walk-Off Single Gives Mets Sweep Over Yankees

The true test may come in October, but for now, the Mets are kings of New York.

Starling Marte hit a walk-off single against Wandy Peralta in the ninth inning Wednesday, leading the Mets to a 3-2 victory and a two-game series sweep of the Yankees at Citi Field. The series marked the first time in history the Mets and Yankees both entered a regular-season Subway Series in sole possession of first place.

The winning rally began when Eduardo Escobar hit a leadoff double and moved to third on Tomás Nido’s sacrifice bunt. Following a Brandon Nimmo infield hit, Marte lined a single into left field to walk it off.

Max Scherzer gave the Mets seven scoreless innings on his 38th birthday, twice striking out Aaron Judge with two men on base (and joining Oakland’s Frankie Montas as the only pitchers to whiff Judge three times in a game this season). But after Scherzer departed, the Mets — with a short bullpen — turned to starting pitcher David Peterson, who allowed a game-tying homer to Gleyber Torres on his fifth pitch.

Seth Lugo entered from there and retired five of the six batters he faced, including Judge, who finished 0-for-5.