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New York Yankees' Mike Tauchman scores the game winning run under a tag attempt by New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos during the eighth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in New York. The Yankees won 8-7. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK – Gary Sánchez and Aaron Hicks — among the few remaining regulars healthy enough to join the Yankees' lineup — made sure the Bronx Bombers held serve at home in this unusual Subway Series.

Sánchez delivered the first pinch-hit, extra-innings grand slam in Yankees history, Deivi García made a strong impression in his big league debut and New York beat the crosstown Mets 5-2 to complete a doubleheader sweep Sunday night.

The Yankees stormed back in the opener, erasing a five-run lead with two outs in the seventh to win 8-7 in eight innings. Hicks lined a tying, two-run homer in the seventh, and Gio Urshela hit a game-ending single off Edwin Diaz an inning later.

Sánchez had been on a 1-for-18 slump and is still batting just .134 this season.

“I’m excited for him,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He means so much to this team. I’m really happy for him to take the air out of one.”

The Yankees won the final three games of this five-game Subway Series, snapping a seven-game skid that was their longest since 2017.

Sánchez blasted a 2-2 fastball from Drew Smith into the left field bleachers for a 5-1 lead. It was his first career pinch-hit homer and second career grand slam.

“I’ve been very anxious to contribute to the team," Sánchez said through a translator. “Especially when you’re going through a rough patch and you’re not helping the team."