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NEW YORK -- At least for a few days, the baseball order in New York has been reversed. Some might have predicted a Subway Series sweep -- but by the Yankees, not the Mets. Instead, Dillon Gee finished off the first sweep by the upstarts from Queens over their older, more-renowned rival, which couldnt have come at a more unexpected time. Gee struck out a career-high 12 and limited the Yankees to four hits over 7 1-3 innings in a 3-1 victory Thursday night that completed the Mets four-game smothering of their famous foe from the Bronx. "Its always fun to win this series, especially for our fans," Mets captain David Wright said. "It gives our fans some bragging rights." Marlon Byrd had a two-run, second-deck homer in the second off rookie Vidal Nuno (1-2), John Buck hit a slow-rolling RBI single off third base in the eighth and Gee made that stand up with a start that may have saved his job. "Youre playing as hard as you always do, but you know its something special for the fans," Byrd said. "We cant go on the road and let up. We have to keep going hard, like we did here." The Yankees were outscored 16-7 in the sweep and went 5 for 23 (.218) with runners in scoring position. Mets starters were 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA. "Does it mean any more that its against the Yankees? Had we been playing better, yeah, it would have been huge. But right now weve just got to win some games, and it didnt matter who it was," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It establishes a mood in the clubhouse that, you know what, were not that bad." Since the start of interleague play in 1997, the only Subway Series sweep had been by the Yankees, when they went 6-0 in 2003. "Its hard when you lose to your crosstown rivals," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You dont want to be part of a team that gets swept by your crosstown rivals. Over time, its going to happen, but you dont want to be the team that it happens to." The Yankees began the week leading the AL East at 30-20. And the Mets, who had never won four straight over the Yankees, were fourth in the NL East at 18-29. But the Met extended a winning streak to five for the first time since May 5-9 last year. And the Yankees have lost five in a row in a single season for the first time since a six-game slide from May 11-16, 2011. Collins had challenged his team. "I tried everything that I knew to try and it wasnt working: the pats on the back, the hang with them," he said. "So you just had to say, Hey look, its got to be now. Its got to be stepped up right this minute, and they did it." Using a sharp slider, pinpoint changeup and a fastball in the upper 80s, Gee (3-6) didnt go to three balls on a single batter, threw 63 of 88 pitches for strikes and retired his final 15 in a row. Collins had told him his rotation spot was in jeopardy. "He said, Good job for once when I came out of the game," Gee said. "Its hard to put into words. I needed that on so many levels its crazy." The Mets tied a franchise record by going three straight games without allowing a walk, the first time theyve accomplished the feat since July 5-7, 1994, according to STATS. Yankees batters, usually patient, have gone three games without a free pass for the first time since June 12-14, 1991, when Kevin Maas was their cleanup hitter. While Gee wasnt missing the plate, he was missing something: whiskers. Since he pitched against Atlanta last weekend, Gee shaved off his beard and moustache. He escaped two-on, no-outs trouble in both the first and second innings, and then allowed just one more runner -- on Robinson Canos one-out homer in the third, his 14th of the year. Gee and his bullpen then retired the Yankees last 20 batters. "He didnt get many balls over the middle of the plate," Gardner said. Scott Rice got the final two outs of the eighth, and Bobby Parnell finished the four-hitter for his ninth save in 11 chances. Now the Mets just have to play like this the rest of the time. "Its a lot more fun to come to the ballpark. Guys are smiling, laughing, having a good time, playing a little more loosely," Wright said. When you go out there and you feel like you have to play perfect to win games, thats when you get a little tense and start making some silly mistakes." NOTES: The rivals played three games apiece in 1997 and 98, then six regular-season games a year through 2012. The Yankees brushed past the Mets 4-1 in the 2000 World Series for their third straight title. ... Quintanilla was brought up from Triple-A to take the roster spot of Ruben Tejada, who went on the DL with a strained right quadriceps. Quintanilla flubbed his first chance, allowing David Adams second-inning grounder to roll through his legs. ... 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For the Wild it was their first win of the season and they now have a record of 1-1-2 while the Jets fall to 2-2. Jets start a six game home stand Friday with another divisional game, home to the Dallas Stars. WOODBRIDGE, N.J. -- The countrys leading maker of artificial sports turf sold more than 1,000 fields to towns, schools and teams nationwide after its executives knew they were falling apart faster than expected and might not live up to lofty marketing claims, according to an investigation by a news organization.Montreal-based FieldTurf said that the turf it began selling in 2005 was revolutionary for its unmatched durability and that it would last a decade or more. But records obtained by NJ Advance Media show that as early as 2006, key FieldTurf executives became aware the turf, known as Duraspine, was cracking, splitting and breaking apart long before it should, and long before the public had been promised.FieldTurf -- a division of publicly traded French flooring maker Tarkett -- said it never misled or defrauded customers and called such claims completely false. The company stressed that the problem does not compromise player safety.Most of the fields, which fetched $300,000 to $500,000 or more, were paid for with tax dollars. FieldTurf sold 1,428 of those fields in the U.S. to everyone from small towns to NFL teams for an estimated $570 million from 2005 until the product was discontinued in 2012.Despite several internal email discussions about their overblown sales pitches, which were reviewed by the news organization, executives never changed their marketing campaign for Duraspine fields. Company officials said in a statement that most Duraspine customers have never been told about the problem and how to identify signs that their field might be prematurely falling apart. The officials said the problem was better handled on a case-by-case basis.The company said that the problem has not affected the significant majority of Duraspine fields, and that failures came primarily in places like California and Texas, where intense ultraviolet radiation caused the product to break down after only a few years of use.While we are sorry this happened and it has been a frustrating and disappointing experience, we believe that over the past six years we have been forthcoming with our customers given the challenging situation and legal restrictions, the company said in a statement . We never hid from this problem and we strongly take issue with aany attempt to suggest otherwise.ddddddddddddFieldTurf concedes nearly one of every five U.S. Duraspine fields has been replaced under warranty -- sometimes with Duraspine fields and sometimes with a new kind of turf. The true number of afflicted fields could be far higher, however, because many customers havent been notified, and the company does not proactively monitor all Duraspine fields for the problem.Only after customer complaints spiked in 2009 and 2010 did FieldTurf conduct an internal investigation and pin the problem on its supplier, a division of Netherlands-based Royal TenCate, according to a federal lawsuit.FieldTurf claimed TenCate altered the chemical formulation of the fiber, making it more susceptible to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. TenCate denied the allegations, and the two settled the suit in 2014 for an undisclosed sum of money. Neither party admitted wrongdoing.Public schools and towns across the U.S. have had to replace their expensive turf fields far sooner than expected and often much earlier than promised.In Oklahoma, the superintendent of the Skiatook Public School District said it took three years to get FieldTurf to agree to replace its $300,000 field -- and only after it threatened legal action. In Wisconsin, Middleton-Cross Plains School District officials said they complained about their field in 2014, and FieldTurf reps told them there was no known issue with premature failure of Duraspine.FieldTurf declined to comment on specific customers or fields.Many stand by FieldTurf and its willingness to address problems. Erik Rosenmeier, the football coach at Cranford High School in New Jersey, said that his 2009 Duraspine field was outstanding and that the schools experience with FieldTurf has been extremely positive.But in Newark, the football coach at Malcolm X Shabazz High School says that the turf was so bad last year that the school considered cancelling games.You grab it and it rips. It rips like grass, said coach Darnell Grant. We deserve better, our community deserves better and our kids deserve better. Give the kids, give the community what they paid for. ' ' '

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