“It’s crazy,” Voit said. “There’s three, four guys that had three hits today.”
He added: “It just shows no matter who is hitting one, two, five, or eight, we’re gonna rise to the punch and get the job done.”
Tanaka lasted six and two-thirds innings and surrendered five runs, four of which were earned.
Even though they stayed within New York’s city limits, the Mets could not improve their miserable road record. They have now lost 18 of their last 22 games away from Citi Field.
The afternoon was riddled with errors by both defenses. It started in the third inning with Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius, playing in his fourth game this season after recovering from Tommy John surgery, throwing wide to first base and pulling first baseman Kendrys Morales off the bag. Then, in the fourth inning, Morales failed to receive a ball thrown to him, and was charged with an error that allowed Mets third baseman Todd Frazier to reach first base. Sanchez dropped a foul pop in the sixth, as well.
“I do feel like, defensively, our personnel right now allows us to where that should be a strength,” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said.
The costliest miscue happened on the Mets’ end, though. Frazier committed a throwing error with two outs in the fourth to allow D.J. LeMahieu to reach base. Aaron Hicks walked, and Voit homered for the 16th time this season to tack on three more runs to Wheeler’s tab.
“Once I threw it, I knew it was going the wrong direction,” Frazier said. “That was on me. Turned into a bigger inning because I couldn’t get the ball to first base.”
Mets shortstop Amed Rosario also committed an error when he failed to step on second base.
It could have been worse for the Mets. McNeil made an all-out effort of his own on a bloop single by Sanchez in the third. McNeil couldn’t quite get to it, and he landed hard. Having come off the injured list on June 4 after going down with a hamstring injury, the team has paid close attention to McNeil, the club’s best hitter. A member of the training staff checked with McNeil on the field. He was cleared to remain in the game and did so.