Yankees Take Two Out Of Three In Subway Series
After sweeping the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium earlier this season, the New York Yankees traveled to Citi Field and took two more wins in a three-game set.
The Mets took the first game of the series thanks to a five-run outburst in the first inning. Justin Turner drove in two with a bases-loaded single, and Ike Davis capped the rally with a booming three-run home run.
Yankees starter Andy Pettitte settled down after that rough first frame to pitch five more innings, all of them scoreless. The Mets managed to plate a valuable insurance run in the seventh against reliever Cory Wade.
Trailing 6-2 in the eighth inning, the Yankees managed to get within two on the strength of Robinson Cano's two-run blast. However, reliever Miguel Batista managed to get out of the inning without any further damage, and Frank Francisco worked the ninth for his 18th save of the season.
On Saturday, the Mets again got off to a good start: Chris Young breezed through six scoreless innings, and his teammates plated three to take a 3-0 advantage into the seventh inning.
After six silent frames, though, the Yankees came roaring back in the top of the seventh. Young started the frame by issuing a walk to Mark Teixeira and a double to Nick Swisher before Raul Ibanez tied the game with a booming three-run home run. Two at-bats later, Eric Chavez launched a solo shot off reliever Jon Rauch to give the Yankees a 4-3 advantage. Relievers Cody Eppley, Boone Logan, David Robertson and Rafael Soriano did the rest.
Sunday's rubber game saw the Yankees get on the board first, scoring four runs in the top of the third off knuckleball specialist R.A. Dickey. Those runs finally ended Dickey's historic streak of 44.2 innings without allowing an earned run.
However, the Mets came roaring back, scoring single runs in the third and fifth innings to keep the game close and plating three in the sixth to tie the score at five a side. In a battle of the bullpens, the Mets blinked first, as Robinson Cano belted a solo home run off Batista in the eighth inning. The Yankees won, 6-5.
Returning to Yankee Stadium one night later, the Yankees continued their strong play with a convincing 7-1 victory against the Cleveland Indians. Cano blasted his sixth home run in his last eight games, and his team scored six runs in the first three innings to make a winner of right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.
Meanwhile, the Mets struggled on the road in Chicago, losing 6-1 to the Cubs. Left-hander Johan Santana pitched well but allowed a two-run home run to Joe Mather, giving Chicago a 2-0 lead.
Three innings later, the Mets committed three errors in a single frame to give the Cubs a 6-0 advantage. That was more than enough to back Chicago starter Travis Wood, who fired seven shutout innings for his second consecutive win.
The Yankees (44-28) have the best record in baseball and enjoy a three-game lead in the AL East, while the Mets (39-35) are in a virtual tie with the Atlanta Braves for second place in the NL East.
Both clubs will continue their respective series this week.