The final day of this year's version of the Subway Series began with a classy Mets tribute to Derek Jeter. The retiring Yankees captain received a check for $22,222.22 for his foundation from Jeff Wilpon, gifts including a custom cake made by the TV baker "Cake Boss," and a pregame video presentation.
"I told him the other day, 'It's been an absolute pleasure to watch you play,' " Mets manager Terry Collins said.
But if the early part of the day was about goodbyes, the Yankees' 1-0 win over the Mets at Citi Field Thursday night was about hellos.
Both teams welcomed starting pitchers making their major-league debuts, and both hurlers electrified the crowd of 40,133.
Chase Whitley pitched 4 2/3 innings of scoreless ball for the Yankees and singled in his first at-bat in the third inning. That gave Yankees rookie pitchers two hits in two games -- Masahiro Tanaka singled on Wednesday -- - before any Mets pitcher had gotten a hit this entire season.
But in the bottom of the third, Mets starter Jacob deGrom singled -- the first hit by a Mets pitcher after an MLB record 0-for-64 streak to start a season.
More importantly, deGrom allowed one run in seven innings a night after Rafael Montero had an impressive outing in his major-league debut for the Mets.
Dellin Betances relieved Whitley and, after working out of a second-and-third, two-out jam in the fifth, struck out six batters in a row the next two innings.
Yankees pitchers struck out 14. Ten of the final 12 Mets outs were strikeouts.
Betances (2-0) was the winning pitcher as the Yankees scored the game's only run in the seventh on Alfonso Soriano's two-out double to the wall in left-center that scored a chugging Brian McCann from first base.
McCann was on first because the Mets could not complete an overshift-produced 4-5-3 double play attempt. David Wright, who had to make the throw to first, skipped it past Lucas Duda to bring Soriano to the plate.
Wright ended Monday's 9-7 Mets win by turning a rare 3-5-3 double play. With the Mets shifting three infielders to the right side against McCann, Wright was the pivot man on any potential double-play ball hit that way.
"It was kind of a funky one," Wright said. "I kind of took a peak and saw him getting down the line fairly well and I knew it was going to be a close play. So I tried to kind of rush it a little bit and just couldn't come up with as good of a throw as I would have liked had I been able to come across the bag with some momentum."
Even so, McCann still had to score from first on Soriano's ball. There might have been a close play at the plate, but Ruben Tejada's relay throw sailed over catcher Juan Centeno's head all the way to deGrom.
David Robertson picked up a four-out save as the Yankees split the four-game, two-ballpark series after losing the first two in the Bronx.
Jeter went 0-for-4 in his final regular-season Subway Series game and was double-switched out of the game in the eighth when Robertson entered.
"I just told [Jeter] I'm going to make a double switch," Girardi said. "It's where we are in the lineup. That's how you do it. He understands."
Jeter did not speak to the media after the game. During his pregame ceremony in the Mets' interview room, Jeter said perhaps the teams would meet again in this year's World Series.
Nice thought. But it's more likely the next hello for the teams will come in next year's Subway Series with someone other than Jeter at shortstop for the Yankees.