Eduardo Nunez led the way for the Yanks with a 4-4 day at the plate, as they beat the Mets in front of a sellout Citi Field crowd.  The win bumps the Yankees’ record to 49-31, while the Mets fall back to .500 (41-41).

Maybe it was nerves, or maybe they were just due for a stinker after their hot streak, but the Mets looked shaky all around from my view up in Section 515.  They made a bunch of mistakes that the Yankees pounced on: from bad fielding (Daniel Murphy dropped a routine throw that led to a run in the 8th) to bad baserunning (Jose Reyes got thrown out at 3rd on a crucial play in the 7th — more on this a little later) to bad situational hitting (the Mets were 2-10 with RISP.  One of those hits came in the 9th with 2 outs, and the game pretty much already decided by then).

The Yanks jumped all over Jon Niese early — 4 of the first 5 batters got base hits, and it was 3-0 before the Mets had a chance to bat.  But Niese settled down after that and allowed no more runs.  Ivan Nova put guys on in his 5 innings of work (7 hits and 2 walks), but pitched out of his jams effectively, only allowing 1 run.

Derek Who? (Nick Laham/Getty Images)

While the Mets played a sloppy game, the Yankees played a very crisp one.  They executed the little things well tonight — like Nunez bunting for a base hit, and then Nova bunting him over in the 2nd inning — as well playing airtight defensively (Mark Teixeira made some nice pickups on throws, and Brett Gardner ran down some hard hit balls in left field).

3 Up:

-Jon Niese: Looked like he was going to be blown out of the game early, but recovered nicely — after the 1st inning, he pitched a shutout and struck out 7.

-Nunez: A perfect night — even when he initially flubbed a relay throw in the 7th, he recovered to gun down Reyes at 3rd to turn the game around.

Justin Turner: A 3-5 night at the plate, as well as a few nice pickups on choppers at 3rd base.

3 Down:

Angel Pagan: 0-4 at the dish, including a key strikeout with the bases loaded to end the 5th inning.  At that point, it was 3-1 and it looked like they had Nova on the ropes.

-Jose Reyes: Another multi-hit game, but in the 7th inning he got thrown out trying to stretch a play where he already tagged up to second base.  Replays show that A-Rod missed the tag, but it still seemed overaggressive.  Had he stayed at second, he would have been in scoring position with only 1 out and Turner and Beltran coming to bat.  Instead, it killed the inning, and pretty much the game (the Mets fans — which outnumbered Yanks fans by about a 2:1 ratio in my section — didn’t made noise for the remainder of the game.  We basically knew that was it).

-Stranding Runners: Each team left 11 men on base.

On Deck: Same 2 teams tomorrow, first pitch scheduled for 4:10 PM.

NYY Colon (5-3, 3.10 ERA) vs. NYM Gee (8-1, 3.32 ERA)