In the third inning, Matz opened the door for the Yankees’ comeback by surrendering a solo home run to the rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres, who has 11 homers in 41 career games.
As the Mets’ offense reverted to form, German found his footing. He did not allow another run over the next five innings.
“It shows the trust he has in the offense on this team to come back and put some runs on the board for him,” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said.
Matz, on the other hand, began to slip. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning, which included a walk of German, by getting an overanxious Judge to groundout.
In his next inning, Matz lost the strike zone against Gary Sanchez, walking him on five pitches, and the next batter, the rookie Miguel Andujar, sent a hanging curveball over the left-field fence for a game-tying two-run blast.
Callaway said he had left Matz in the game because the starters’ stout pitching over the past three weeks had earned them the right to determine the outcome of a game.