Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Mark Teixeira hit two of three home runs
served up by Jacob deGrom as the New York Yankees opened the latest edition of
the Subway Series with a 6-1 victory over the crosstown-rival Mets.
Teixeira’s pair of two-run shots, combined with 7 2/3 outstanding innings from
Michael Pineda, enabled the also-surging Yankees to halt an 11-game win streak
by the Mets that had matched a franchise record.
Jacoby Ellsbury added a solo homer as part of a 2-for-5 effort, while Brett
Gardner and Brian McCann also had two hits and a run scored in the Bronx
Bombers’ seventh triumph in their last eight games.
Pineda (3-0) did his part as well, limiting the Mets to a run on five hits and
striking out seven without a walk to win a third consecutive start.
DeGrom (2-2) entered Friday’s much-anticipated showdown sporting a splendid
0.93 ERA through his first three outings of the season, but the reigning
National League Rookie of the Year was tagged for six runs on eight hits in
just five innings. He had lasted at least six innings in each of his previous
Former Yankee Curtis Granderson collected two of the Mets’ five hits and
scored the team’s lone run.
DeGrom came into Friday’s matchup having not allowed a run in 18 1/3
consecutive innings, but that streak was put to an end quickly. Gardner
singled with one out in the first inning and Teixeira soon followed with a
blast into the second deck in right field that staked the Yankees to a 2-0
The Yankees continued to tee off on deGrom in the third, which Ellsbury began
with a leadoff homer. Three batters later, Teixeira deposited another deGrom
fastball into the middle deck with Alex Rodriguez aboard for a 5-0 advantage,
and singles by McCann and Chase Headley around a walk to Carlos Beltran loaded
the bases before Stephen Drew brought home an additional run with a sacrifice
In contrast to deGrom, Pineda was in complete control throughout the night.
The big right-hander set down 13 of the first 14 hitters, with Kirk
Niewenhuis’ cue-shot double down the left-field line in the third inning
accounting for the Mets’ lone baserunner.
The Mets were able to scratch home a run against Pineda in the sixth.
Granderson singled and moved to third on a wild pitch and a fly ball prior to
crossing the plate on Lucas Duda’s sacrifice fly.
Granderson’s double with two out in the eighth concluded Pineda’s evening and
brought on Chasen Shreve, who retired all four batters he faced to finish the
Mets pitcher Jon Niese, slated to start Sunday’s series finale, was ejected by
home plate umpire Doug Eddings for arguing a pitch call from the dugout in the
sixth inning … deGrom had given up just three home runs combined over his
previous 20 starts … The Mets had won in each of their last four visits to
Yankee Stadium, including both matchups held there last season … Eleven of
Teixeira’s 12 hits this season have gone for extra bases (7 homers, 4
doubles), and he’s now knocked in at least one run in six straight starts …
Mets center fielder Juan Lagares went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts to have a
10-game hitting streak snapped … Former Yankee great Bernie Williams, who
officially announced his retirement from baseball on Friday, threw out the
game’s first pitch.