Dominic Smith hit the go-ahead home run in his first game since tearfully pleading for help combating racial inequality, and the New York Mets beat the crosstown Yankees 6-4 in the opener of a doubleheader Friday.
Smith, a 25-year-old Black man, wept Wednesday night reflecting on a recent shooting by police of a Black man in Wisconsin. Smith and his teammates were all smiles after his decisive solo shot against Chad Green in the sixth inning on what was Jackie Robinson Day around the majors.
Smith’s drive followed a tying three-run shot by Pete Alonso, and Jake Marisnick also connected in the inning against Green (2-2).
Clint Frazier homered and reached base four times for the Yankees, who lost their sixth in a row.
Walker Lockett (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the Mets. Edwin Díaz struck out the side in the ninth for his second save.