It was the matchup of two of the best young righthanders in baseball in the Bronx on Saturday. For the Mets, Mike Pelfrey took his 9-1 record and 2.39 ERA to the mound to face Phil Hughes, who was also 9-1 with a 3.11 ERA. But, in the end it was the hitters who had the final say in the Yankees 5-3 win.
Jose Reyes got things going right off the bat, homering to leadoff the game and put the Mets on top. The lead was short lived however as the Yankees got their first two men on in the first and scored on Mark Teixeira’s RBI groundout to knot the game. It was the first time all season Mike Pelfrey had surrendered a lead.
Reyes put the Mets back on top again in the third with his second homer, this time a two-run shot, but the Yankees answered in the bottom of the inning when Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer to tie the game once again.
That’s where things stood until the bottom of the fourth when Curtis Granderson launched the fourth and final homer of the game, also a two-run blast, to put the Yankees up 5-3. Phil Hughes, who also hadn’t given up a lead coming into the game, made it stand up with seven strong innings. Joba pitched a scoreless eighth and Mariano a prefect ninth to preserve the Yankees win.