Germán cruises in return, Yankees get 2 HRs to beat Mets 5-1

NEW YORK — Domingo Germán pitched six sharp innings in his return from injury, Didi Gregorius and Gio Urshela hit consecutive homers, and the New York Yankees beat the New York Mets 5-1 Wednesday night.

Germán (10-2) allowed a run over six innings, giving up five hits and no walks. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out six and threw 80 pitches in a tidy return from a strained left hip flexor, which had sidelined him since June 8.

The AL East-leading Yankees have won 14 of 16 overall and forced a four-game split in this year’s Subway Series. The Mets haven’t won the season series since 2013.

Urshela also made three stellar defensive plays at third base, and Gregorius had two hits for his career-best sixth straight multihit game. Gleyber Torres added two hits and two RBIs.

Mets starter Jason Vargas (3-4) settled after a rocky first inning, pitching three-run ball into the sixth. The left-hander struck out six and allowed seven hits and two walks.

Jeff McNeil homered in the first inning, but the Mets failed to rally following consecutive comeback victories against the Braves and Yankees. The Mets have lost eight of 10.

DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge hit consecutive doubles leading off the first, and Torres scored Judge with a single for a 2-0 lead.

McNeil countered with his leadoff shot in the bottom of the inning, the All-Star’s seventh connection of the season.

Vargas slowed things down with a steady dose of changeups and kept the Yankees in check until Gregorius’ solo homer in the sixth. Wilmer Font relieved Vargas and allowed Urshela’s shot, which made it 4-1 Yankees.

A night earlier, the Mets ended the Yankees’ major league-record homer streak at 31 games.

Chad Green pitched two scoreless innings for New York, striking out four. The right-hander has thrown 11 2/3 shutout innings over his last seven outings.

Mets left-hander Steven Matz made his second career relief appearance and first since being moved to the bullpen until after the All-Star break. He faced one batter, retiring Gregorius leading off the seventh on four pitches.

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Urshela twice backhanded grounders and threw on the run from foul territory to get outs at first base early in the game, then dived into the hole and threw from a seated position to nab McNeil on a hard grounder in the eighth.

Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks leaped at the wall to rob Robinson Canó of extra bases in the sixth inning, and

Mets catcher Wilson Ramos started an impressive 1-5-3 double play on Germán’s bunt attempt in the fourth.

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