By MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking homer in the
eighth inning and the New York Yankees touched up R.A. Dickey for
five runs in a 6-5 victory over the Mets on Sunday night.
Nick Swisher had an early three-run shot against Dickey, who was
coming off consecutive one-hitters _ making him the first major
league pitcher in 24 years to accomplish that feat. But in a
much-anticipated matchup at sold-out Citi Field, both he and
Yankees ace CC Sabathia were missing their best stuff.
Leading off the eighth, Cano drove a 2-0 delivery from Miguel
Batista (1-2) over the home run apple in straightaway center for
his 16th homer and fifth in seven games. Taking advantage of a
shaky Mets bullpen again, the Yankees won the final two games of
the weekend by one run to finish 5-1 against their crosstown rivals
Including a sweep in the Bronx earlier this month, the Yankees
have won five consecutive series against the Mets since May 2010.
The talk of the town lately, Dickey was riding an unprecedented
roll of dominance that rivaled any in baseball history. But the
knuckleballer had an uncharacteristic bout of wildness against the
homer-happy Yankees and lasted only six innings. He walked three,
hit a batter and threw his first wild pitch of the season.
Sabathia, also coming off a complete game with double-digit
strikeouts, gave up nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. He was betrayed by
his defense while yielding five runs _ one earned.
Boone Logan (2-0) gave the Yankees another splendid performance
out of the bullpen, and David Robertson retired Ruben Tejada with a
runner on third to end the eighth. Rafael Soriano worked a
scoreless ninth in the rain for his 15th save in 16 chances.
The Yankees have won 14 of their last 18 road games.
Dickey received a big ovation during pregame introductions and
sent a smiling Alex Rodriguez sprawling to the dirt with a
high-and-tight pitch in the first _ perhaps the first time the
three-time MVP has been buzzed with a knuckleball.
Dickey used his bat and legs to help the Mets get started on
their comeback from a four-run deficit. He singled off Sabathia in
the fifth and hustled home from second on David Wright’s two-out
The 37-year-old pitcher slid into Chris Stewart at the plate,
getting a face full of catcher’s mitt and jarring the ball loose as
his helmet was knocked off his head.
Trailing 5-2 in the sixth, the Mets took advantage of Cano’s
one-out error at second base to score three unearned runs with two
outs. Vinny Rottino, pinch-hitting for Dickey, drew a four-pitch
walk from Sabathia and screened Mark Teixeira when Andres Torres
grounded a two-run single just past the Gold Glove first baseman.
Tejada tied it with a single off Cory Wade, who struck out
pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis with the bases loaded to end the
Dickey wriggled out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second
but couldn’t escape in the third. Two walks sandwiched around
Rodriguez’s dribbler for an infield single loaded the bases for
Teixeira, the pitcher’s old buddy from their early days in Texas.
Teixeira made solid contact on a sacrifice fly, ending Dickey’s
streak without allowing an earned run at 44 2-3 innings _
second-best in team history behind Dwight Gooden’s stretch of 49
innings in 1985.
Swisher then sent a 2-1 knuckler well beyond the 390-foot sign
in right-center for his 11th homer and a 4-0 cushion. He clapped
his hands high as he rounded first base and wore a broad smile when
he got back to the dugout.
It was the first home run off Dickey since Cincinnati slugger
Joey Votto connected on May 17. After a no-decision in that game,
Dickey won his next six starts heading into Sunday night.
Dickey plunked the leadoff batter and threw a wild pitch in the
fifth, leading to Teixeira’s RBI groundout that made it 5-1.
Stewart’s second throwing error of the game helped the Mets get
on the board in the third on a sacrifice fly by Tejada, just
activated from the disabled list after he missed seven weeks with a
NOTES: Yankees C Russell Martin sat out after leaving Saturday’s
game in the ninth inning with a stiff lower back. Stewart usually
catches Sabathia anyway, but manager Joe Girardi reiterated that he
wants to get Sabathia and Martin working together again. Girardi
said that might have been his battery Sunday night if Martin were
healthy, but now the manager might wait until after the All-Star
break to pair them in a game. … Mets 1B Ike Davis, scratched from
the lineup Saturday and sent home because of food poisoning, flied
out as a pinch-hitter to end it. … The crowd of 42,364 was the
largest in the 4-year history of Citi Field.
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