By HOWIE RUMBERG
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Ike Davis received a bit of help from the New
York Yankees on his three-run homer and Frank Francisco closed out
the Mets’ 6-4 victory Friday night after calling their crosstown
Justin Turner had a two-run single and the Mets scored five runs
in the first inning with two outs. Andy Pettitte looked flat after
waiting out a rainstorm that set back the start of the season’s
second Subway Series by 53 minutes.
Davis followed Turner’s hit with a fly to right that a leaping
Nick Swisher got his glove on. But when he hit the wall, the ball
was nudged off the top of the fence and over for a 5-0 lead.
Still, the homer-happy Yankees rallied with three late drives to
set up a chance to see Francisco.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 641st homer and Andruw Jones also
connected for the Yankees against Jonathon Niese. Robinson Cano
added a two-run shot off Miguel Batista in the eighth to cut the
lead to 6-4 after David Wright had an RBI single in the seventh.
Francisco made headlines in New York this week by saying “I
can’t wait to face those chickens” and expressing his desire to
strike out the side against them.
He explained Friday afternoon what he meant by his strange
comment, saying he thinks the Yankees often complain about umpires’
In a heavy drizzle, Francisco made his first appearance against
the Yankees for the Mets and _ you got it _ played chicken with a
powerful lineup. Andres Torres made a stumbling catch in deep
center field for the first out. The right-hander walked
pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez before Derek Jeter singled. Francisco then
struck out Curtis Granderson and got Mark Teixeira to pop out for
his 18th save in 21 opportunities.
The Yankees lost their third in a row following a 10-game
winning streak that began against the Mets. They had not lost three
in a row since May 19-21.
The afternoon rain didn’t deter a crowd of 40,191 from filling
Citi Field. It did help alleviate the sizzling heat of the last few
days that even inspired a Mets ticket offer. The Mets sold a
limited number of choice seats for $94, the price of the
temperature at the start of Wednesday night’s game against
The Mets totaled seven runs when they were swept in three games
in the Bronx in early June. In the finale at Yankee Stadium, Niese
(5-3) carried a 3-0 lead into the seventh but he was betrayed by
his defense and gave up two unearned runs.
This time, he gave up the two homers and eight hits in 6 1-3
innings to help the Mets win their seventh straight interleague
Pettitte (3-3) gave up five runs for the second time this season
and for the first time in an inning since Sept. 4, 2001, against
Torres walked in the first and Ronny Cedeno, activated from the
disabled list before the game, singled. Wright hit into a fielder’s
choice and Lucas Duda flied out. But the Mets lead the majors in
two-out runs (155), and they soon cashed in.
Turner hit a two-run single to center. Davis then hit his eighth
homer of the year.
Batting just .162 entering the game on June 10, Davis didn’t
even start with Pettitte on the mound. But the left-handed hitter
had a pinch-hit double that tied the score in the ninth that day
and has played well enough recently to earn a place in manager
Terry Collins’ lineup Friday against the crafty lefty.
As has often been the case this season, the Yankees had trouble
with runners on base. Leading the majors with 105 homers coming in
but hitting only .218 with runners in scoring position, the Yankees
put two on in the first and second and had a runner on in the
third, fourth and seventh without scoring.
Rodriguez homered with one out in the sixth, his drive landing
in the container that holds the big apple in straightaway center.
Jones homered to left in the seventh. Cano hit a two-run shot in
NOTES: Mets LHP Johan Santana was given the key to the city by
Mayor Michael Bloomberg in honor of his no-hitter June 1, the first
in franchise history. … To make room for Cedeno, the Mets sent
reliever Elvin Ramirez to Triple-A Buffalo. … Rodriguez was
thrilled for the Miami Heat, NBA champions. He said he understood
what LeBron James had gone through. … Michigan QB Denard Robinson
was on the field before the game.
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