Saturday, June 23, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 71 - Yanks at Mets - Mets open up with 5 runs and make it stick, win 6-4

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
N.Y. Yankees (41-28)0000011204110
N.Y. Mets (39-32) «50000010x6100

W: J. Niese (5-3) L: A. Pettitte (3-3)
S: F. Francisco (18)
HR: NYY - A. Rodriguez (12),A. Jones (7),R. Cano (15)   NYM - I. Davis (8)

Ike Davis belted a three-run homer during a five-run first inning Friday night and the Mets went on to beat the Yankees, 6-4, in the opener of a three-game series.

The Mets won their fourth straight game overall but just their third in the last 12 against the Yankees, who swept them in a three-game series earlier this month.

Jon Niese (5-3) snapped a two-start winless streak after allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings, striking out five.

The bullpen gave up two more runs but Frank Francisco pitched out of a jam in the ninth inning to earn his 18th save.

Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Alex Rodriguez and Andruw Jones added solo blasts for the Yankees, who have lost three in a row on the heels of a 10-game winning streak.

They are 10-3 during a current 15-game stretch against NL East teams, which started with a three-game sweep against the Mets at home from June 8-10.

Andy Pettitte (3-3) settled down after giving up five runs on five hits and two walks in the first inning. He allowed just two more hits and struck out six in his six innings.

After a 53-minute rain delay, the Mets struck quickly against Pettitte.

Davis' three-run homer went over the wall off Nick Swisher's glove -- the right fielder timed his jump perfectly, but couldn't pull it in -- to cap the five-run first inning. It came after Justin Turner's two-run single with the bases loaded.

Pettitte threw 33 pitches in the inning, also giving up singles to Ronny Cedeno, Mike Nickeas and Niese and walks to Andres Torres and Scott Hairston.

Niese, meanwhile, pitched around two singles in the first inning and escaped a second-and-third jam in the second. He pitched to just one over the minimum after that until Rodriguez blasted a one-out pitch over the center field wall and onto the Citi Field home run apple in the sixth for his 12th homer.

Jones led off the seventh inning with his seventh homer of the season to left field, pulling the Yankees within 5-2, and Niese came out after giving up a one-out single to Jayson Nix.

Bobby Parnell finished the inning and Miguel Batista gave up Cano's homer in the eighth, a long blast into the seats above right-center field.

The Yankees put the tying runs on in the ninth on a Raul Ibanez walk and Derek Jeter single before Francisco struck out Curtis Granderson and got Mark Teixeira to pop out.

Game Notes

Mets third baseman David Wright extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the second inning...The Mets were coming off a three-game sweep of the Orioles after being swept by the Reds. They are 4-3 on a nine-game homestand.

Box Score:

Derek Jeter SS501000000.311
Curtis Granderson CF501000003.251
Mark Teixeira 1B512000001.259
Alex Rodriguez 3B412100101.269
Robinson Cano 2B411200102.299
Nick Swisher RF401000000.263
Andruw Jones LF311100110.210
Russell Martin C400000000.200
Andy Pettitte P201000001.250
  Jayson Nix PH101000000.239
  Cory Wade P000000000.000
  Clay Rapada P000000000.000
  Cody Eppley P000000000.000
  Raul Ibanez PH000000010.235
Andres Torres CF300000010.207
Ronny Cedeno SS311000002.235
  Omar Quintanilla PH-SS111000000.270
David Wright 3B412110001.361
Scott Hairston LF310000010.277
Lucas Duda RF401000001.267
Justin Turner 2B412210000.267
  Jordany Valdespin PR-2B000000000.224
Ike Davis 1B411300101.191
Mike Nickeas C301000000.167
  Daniel Murphy PH000000010.270
  Frank Francisco P000000000.000
Jon Niese P301000001.200
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Miguel Batista P000000000.000
  Josh Thole PH-C100000000.262

LOB_NY Yankees 8, NY Mets 6. 2B_D.Wright, J.Turner. HR_A.Rodriguez (12) off J.Niese, A.Jones (7) off J.Niese, R.Cano (15) off M.Batista, I.Davis (8) off A.Pettitte. GIDP_A.Rodriguez. DP_NY Yankees 1 (A.Jones and R.Cano); NY Mets 1 (R.Cedeno, J.Turner and I.Davis).

Andy Pettitte (L 3-3)6.0755261102-643.29
Cory Wade1.021100020-123.38
Clay Rapada0.21000009-72.95
Cody Eppley0.10001006-22.55
Jon Niese (W 5-3)6.1822152102-683.75
Bobby Parnell (H 15)0.20000107-43.30
Miguel Batista1.022201124-184.08
Frank Francisco (S 18)1.010011020-114.97

IBB_off C.Eppley (D.Murphy).
T_2:53. A_40191.
Umpires_Home,Marvin Hudson; First, Tim McClelland; Second, Brian Runge; Third, Ted Barrett.

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