Nimmo had three hits and a tough lineout in his first game since a ligament in his hand pulled him apart two months ago. He increased his GPA to 0.333 and his base percentage to 0.435 after struggling on a minor league rehab mission.
“I surprised myself a bit,” Nimmo said. “But I was really, really happy to be able to help, to be able to base myself, to build traffic for some guys, and the guys were really doing some big hits.”
Jordan Montgomery (3-3) blocked five Mets base runners in the first three innings to keep him scoreless, but the visitors broke through in the fifth.
Nimmo hit a single with one out, Francisco Lindor called with another and Dominic Smith scored Nimmo from second place with a single in the middle.
Montgomery accompanied Pete Alonso to load the bases and was replaced by Lucas Luetge. James McCann made it 2-0 with a single with a broken bat, and Smith scored from third on wild ground for a three-point lead before Luetge finished the set.
The Mets battled in a five-run sixth inning that featured a two-run double from Smith and another two-run hit from Kevin Pillar. All races were billed to Justin Wilson.
Smith had three hits and three runs batted in, and Lindor had two hits and two walks.
Yankees reliever Michael King allowed two legacy runners to score, but was credited with four scoreless innings with nine strikeouts.