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NEW YORK -- Once the Subway Series rolled around, the New York Mets got on the right track. Garry Unger Jersey . Challenged by fed-up manager Terry Collins, slumping infielders Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada sparked a five-run first inning that kept the Mets sailing along in this surprising set with a 9-4 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday night. Tejada hit a leadoff single, Davis drove in two runs and the fourth-place Mets won with Jeremy Hefner on the mound for the first time all season. Theyve taken three in a row from their crosstown rivals for their first four-game winning streak of the year and will go for a Big Apple whitewash in the series finale Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. "Some great at-bats in the first inning," Collins said. "I just think theres a different attitude in the clubhouse." Yankees starter David Phelps (3-3) got only one out -- but said his health was not an issue. The right-hander, who had trouble with his command, left his previous outing after he was hit on the right forearm by a line drive. "Its nothing at all. Arm felt great today. Just wasnt making pitches," he said. "The ball was just up and in the middle of the plate a lot." The suddenly-slumping Yankees dropped their fourth in a row. Despite a rash of injuries to star players, they began the night a game behind first-place Boston in the AL East. "The Mets have really had our number," centre fielder Brett Gardner said. By the late innings Mets fans were chanting "You cant beat us!" in a mostly empty Yankee Stadium, where the outlines of a soccer field were still visible on the grass following Saturday nights exhibition match between English Premier League teams Chelsea and Manchester City. After rallying two nights in a row back home at Citi Field for a pair of tense, 2-1 wins, the Mets made this one a virtual laugher right off the bat by building an 8-0 lead. But they still had their confounding moments -- Tejada had another mental lapse at shortstop that helped the Yankees score twice in the sixth. That brought Collins, looking more than a little irritated, to the top step of the dugout. He stared out in Tejadas direction and then jotted something down on a piece of paper. "I have to concentrate on my job," Tejada said. "I have to get better every day and go play hard every day." With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Tejada limped off the field with a sore quadriceps. He was hurt chasing a foul fly down the left-field line and will be examined Thursday morning, Collins said. "I dont think its too bad," Tejada said. Without divulging details, Collins acknowledged before the game that he met Tuesday night with Davis and Tejada and told them in no uncertain terms it was time to snap out of it and start producing -- right now. WFAN radio reported both players were informed they were on the edge of being demoted to the minors. In the first inning, they responded. "Obviously, I dont like playing bad," Davis said. "The fires been lit for a while. Ive been upset all year." Tejada snapped an 0-for-12 skid and scored from first on Daniel Murphys double to deep right-centre -- finally a drive off his bat that Gardner couldnt chase down -- and the Mets were ahead 1-0 after three pitches. Gardner robbed Murphy of extra bases with two spectacular catches the previous two nights. John Buck beat the defensive shift with an RBI single to right and the Mets scored again when third baseman Jayson Nix bobbled Marlon Byrds RBI grounder for an error. Davis was batting .152 when he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. He worked an 0-2 count full and lashed a sharp single past shortstop to make it 5-0. "Thats a five-star at-bat if you ask me. With guys in scoring position, that was huge," Buck said. "You can just see the quality of his at-bats literally the last week. Theyre completely different." That was it for Phelps. The last Yankees starter who failed to get more than one out in a game was Darrell Rasner on May 19, 2007, also against the Mets, according to STATS. "He just didnt have it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He felt great yesterday, he just had a stinker." Davis later hit a line-drive single to centre, another encouraging sign. He began the night 4 for 53 (.075) with 24 strikeouts in his past 16 games -- and hitless since a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to beat Atlanta on Sunday night. Hefner (1-5) gave up three runs and nine hits, including Brennan Boeschs solo homer, over six innings in his second start since his Oklahoma hometown was ravaged by a tornado last week. The Mets lost all nine of his previous starts this season -- and even when he made his lone relief appearance. "Its great to win, but more importantly keep our team winning streak going," Hefner said. Byrd homered and Lucas Duda, who had the game-winning hit off Mariano Rivera on Tuesday night, added a two-run double for the Mets, who scored their most runs since a 16-5 win April 12 in Minnesota. NOTES: Mets RHP Dillon Gee (2-6, 6.34 ERA) faces LHP Vidal Nuno (1-1, 1.93) in the Subway Series finale Thursday night. ... It was Hefners first start at Yankee Stadium. Chris Thorburn Jersey . Meanwhile, there were huge victories for Sunderland and West Ham over fellow relegation rivals, leaving the battle to avoid the drop up for grabs with the bottom 11 teams separated by just six points. Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres scored second-half goals to seal a fourth straight victory for Chelsea, which climbed above Arsenal and Manchester City in the standings ahead of their games on Monday and Sunday respectively. Keith Tkachuk Jersey . The 18th player to shoot 60 on the tour, Jamieson settled for par on the final hole when his 15-foot birdie chip grazed the edge of the hole and stayed out. After opening with rounds of 66 and 73 to make the cut by a stroke, he had 11 birdies in the bogey-free round. http:///...van-barbashev-jersey . The Redskins announced Monday that the quarterback who led the team to the Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season will serve as a personnel executive. Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi will compete in another season of IndyCar for Andretti Autosport, it was confirmed on Monday.Rossi, who won the Indy 500 as a rookie this season, is the most recent American driver to compete in Formula One, driving in five races at the end of last year for Manor. Rossi had been linked with a full-time drive at the team this season and nearly replaced Rio Haryanto over the summer break when the Indonesians sponsors could not longer pay for his seat, but opted instead to finish the 2016 IndyCar campaign.Rossi finished 11th, enough to claim Rookie of the Year honours, and will stay at Andretti Autosport for 2017.What an incredible eight months this has been, Alexander Rossi said. From getting the opportunity to join the IndyCar Series in February, to winning the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in May and now re-signing with Andretti Autosport.I am incredibly proud and grateful to be able to have the opportunity to work with a team of this caliber as we chase after more race wins and continue to make our mark in this amazing championship.It is unclear whether he will also retain his role at Manor reserve driver, which he has been throughout 2016. Robby Fabbri Jersey. Rossi had looked like an outside bet for a return to Manor next season, while a seat with American outfit Haas appeared to be an even longer shot given his relative inexperience in Formula One.?Rossi will partner Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and a third teammate yet to be confirmed.Team owner Michael Andretti said:?Alexander showed tremendous growth this year and we are excited to welcome him back to the team. In his first IndyCar season, Alexander was able to form trusting relationships with the teams engineers, mechanics and his teammates and that itself is a great foundation to begin 2017.We also know he is competitive and can win races. Continuity plays a big role in the success of our programs and being able to confirm that Alexander is remaining with the team is incredible. His extension, along with Ryan [Hunter-Reay] and Marcos [Andretti] continuance is a promising factor for not only the team, but the series as well. 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