Johan Santana outdueled fellow ace C.C. Sabathia to give the New York Mets a 6-4 win over the New York Yankees to take the three-game series.
The Mets left the bases loaded in the first inning but didn’t come up empty in the second. After Alex Cora got the Mets on the board with a a two-RBI single to score Rod Barajas and Jose Reyes, Jason Bay blasted a ball over the left-center field fence pennants to make it 4-0.
Bay in his next at-bat crushed an outside fastball into the bullpens for a solo shot to give the Mets a 5-0 lead.
Santana threw 7 2/3 innings, giving up just one earned run on six hits and three walks. He struck out five, and lost his no-hitter on the first pitch on a Derek Jeter single, which advanced our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,689 New York Mets games with no no-no and forced us to again update our No-hitters killed by first at bat page.
Ryota Igarashi and Francisco Rodriguez got into a little trouble in the ninth, but K-Rod got A-Rod with a change-up to close the door on the Yankees.