A four-run Yankee first inning and Randy Johnson starting against them couldn't stop the Mets from a come-from-behind, 7-6 victory over their neighbors in the Bronx Friday. David Wright's two-out single off Mariano Rivera won it in the bottom of the ninth.
In such an up-and-down game, that wasn't the main story. The Yankees' Johnson looked ineffective again, and Gothamist is concerned he won't even revert to the form he showed in the second half last year. The once-heralded Yankee offense looks much weaker with Bernie Williams and his .270 OBP playing everyday and Kelly Stinnett filling in for Jorge Posada, the latest injured Yankee (back spasms). Even given the depleted nature of the lineup, the Mets' bullpen pitched tremendous baseball in relief of Jeremi Gonzalez. Aaron Heilman and Billy Wagner were dominant, taking advantage of hitters who hadn't seen that much of them. Mike Mussina will face Pedro Martinez on Saturday afternoon.
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