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Mets pound Yankees pitch again as Alvarez leads 12-2 for Subway Series sweep

NEW YORK — Francisco Alvarez went 3 for 3 with an early homer and three RBIs, Tyrone Taylor added a three-run drive and the surging New York Mets defeated the New York Yankees 12-2 on Wednesday night for a Subway Series sweep of two matches .

Harrison Bader also went deep and delivered an RBI double for the Mets (39-39), chasing rookie Luis Gil (9-3) in the fifth inning. They hit the Yankees with seven home runs, 21 runs and 24 hits over two nights at Citi Field.

“As a guy who likes to talk a lot of trash, I like that,” said shortstop Francisco Lindor, who enjoyed bragging around town for the Mets and their fans. “I think it’s fun for the barbershop. I think it’s fun for any workplace.”

With their 15th win in 19 games, the Mets climbed back to .500 for the first time since their 18-18 mark prior to their loss to Atlanta on May 10.

“That is not the mission, but it does feel good that we are on the right track,” said Lindor. “It’s great if we can all hold each other accountable, and that’s what we’re doing now.”

The struggling Yankees, who lead the AL East, have lost four straight series and eight of 10 games.

‘You don’t like having your teeth kicked in. It’s been a bad two weeks for us. But it’s part of it. We know it’s coming,” manager Aaron Boone said. ‘Adversity will hit you. We are now a bit affected.”

After an 87-minute rain delay in the fifth, Aaron Judge launched a two-run homer with the Yankees trailing 7-0 in the sixth. It was his 287th home run, tying Bernie Williams for seventh most in franchise history.

Judge also joined Mark McGwire (four times) and Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players to reach 30 home runs three times before the All-Star break.

Sean Manaea (5-3) dodged early trouble and danced around five walks by allowing just two hits in five shutout innings before a sold-out crowd of 43,004. He induced three double play grounders in the first four innings, including two by Alex Verdugo, before Verdugo capped an 0-for-22 slump with a single in the sixth.

Verdugo bounced into an inning-ending double play after walking three straight in the first — the second night in a row the Yankees came up empty after loading the bases with less than two outs in the first inning.

“I asked our guys if that was the scouting report: make sure the bases are loaded. Because it felt like déjà vu,” Lindor said. “But hats off to our pitching staff, who managed to get out of these problems.”

Alvarez hit a two-run homer that made it 3-0 in the third, then added an RBI double in a four-run fifth — both to the opposite field. He also walked and scored three times, finishing a triple short of the cycle on his perfect night at the plate.

“I like the way I feel right now,” the 22-year-old catcher said.

Mark Vientos had two RBIs and Lindor doubled his first two for the Mets, who homered in 10 straight games. They have scored 10 points at least five times in their last 13 games, after only doing so twice in their first 65 games.

“It’s a good feeling right now,” said rookie manager Carlos Mendoza, who has been Boone’s bench coach with the Yankees for the past four seasons. “Thanks to that group there. Good players, good coaches, and they’re having fun.”

Adrian Houser pitched three scoreless innings for his first Major League save.

Gil was charged with five runs, four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings. He has lost two straight starts, including a huge flop last week against Baltimore, after going 9-0 in his previous 11 games.

“No one expects it to be easy,” Boone says. “I know you’ll get through the first few months and of course at a level you didn’t really expect. You will have setbacks along the way. So we’ll kind of rally around him and keep track of how he gets better. But he will learn and grow from it.”

The Crosstown rivals meet again for two more games July 23-24 at Yankee Stadium.

“It feels good to play good baseball, not just the last two nights, but a month I would say,” Lindor said. “This is what we expect.”

Yankees: RHP Scott Effross (lower back surgery) had his rehab assignment transferred from Class A Tampa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Mets: RHP Drew Smith was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right elbow sprain, and RHP Ty Adcock was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. … RHP Kodai Senga (right shoulder capsule strain) is scheduled to throw two innings of live batting practice against minor leaguers on Thursday at Citi Field.

Yankees: LHP Carlos Rodón (9-4, 3.86 ERA) starts Thursday night at last-place Toronto against RHP José Berríos (6-6, 3.43) in the opener of a four-game series.

Mets: After a day off, LHP Jose Quintana (3-5, 4.58 ERA) will face Astros RHP Ronel Blanco (8-2, 2.34) on Friday night at Citi Field. Houston has won seven in a row to get back to .500.

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