New York Mets at New York Yankees

N.Y. Mets
N.Y. Yankees
W: J. Santana (5-2) L: A. Pettitte (3-5)
S: B. Wagner (9)
HR: NYM - J. Reyes (3), D. Wright (8)   NYY - D. Jeter (2), J. Giambi (8), B. Abreu (5)

Santana gets back at AL brethren, carries Mets to Subway Series win wire reports

NEW YORK -- Johan Santana made the Yankees pay for passing on him last winter.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched efficiently into the eighth inning, and the New York Mets got home runs from Jose Reyes and David Wright to top the Yankees 7-4 Saturday in the opener of a rain-shortened Subway Series.

"I think we showed today how to play as a team," Santana said.

Billy Wagner got four outs for his ninth save in nine chances -- one day after castigated manager Willie Randolph held a closed-door meeting in response to remarks by the closer that some perceived as critical of his teammates.

After clearing the air, the Mets clocked reliever Kyle Farnsworth. They got key throws from outfielders Ryan Church and Carlos Beltran, beating Andy Pettitte after Friday night's scheduled game was rained out.

"You couldn't draw it up any better for all the negativity that's been going on," Wright said.

Santana (5-2) served up three more homers but lasted 7 2/3 innings, his longest outing this year.

"I had a lot of fun," he said. "I'm very happy where I am right now."

The Yankees initially pursued the left-hander in the offseason, then decided to keep their top young pitchers rather than trade them to Minnesota. Santana was dealt to the Mets for four prospects instead, and the Yankees have yet to get a win from youngsters Phil Hughes or Ian Kennedy this season.

"I wasn't trying to show anything. I'm just trying to do my job," Santana said.

Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi and Bobby Abreu homered, but little else went right for the Yankees (20-23) as they fell a season-worst three games under .500. Jeter even lost a popup in the sun, soon after he was thrown out by Beltran trying to stretch a single.

"We hit the three home runs, that was about it. We need to get some things going," Jeter said. "You don't get too many opportunities against him."

Santana recovered from a shaky start, snaring Giambi's leadoff liner in the fourth with whip-quick reflexes. He won his fourth straight decision and improved to 4-0 with a 2.98 ERA against the Yankees in the regular season.

"You bring him here to pitch this kind of game," Randolph said. "He's my stopper."

Pettitte (3-5) allowed three runs in six innings, falling to 0-4 in his last five starts -- his longest skid since May 2003. It was his first loss to the Mets at Yankee Stadium since June 16, 1997.

The Yankees put two on in the ninth, but Wagner set down the next three hitters. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 17 innings this year, and he tied Jeff Reardon for sixth on the career list with 367 saves.

"It was good for me to pitch. It was good to right the ship," Wagner said. "I never said I'm above the team. We all get frustrated."

The Yankees had a great chance to expand their 2-0 lead in the third, but ran themselves out of a potential big inning. Johnny Damon hit a leadoff single and was curiously waved around third base by coach Bobby Meacham when Abreu followed with a double to right-center.

The ball was cut off nicely by Church, and the relay throw from second baseman Luis Castillo nailed Damon on a close play when Brian Schneider blocked the plate perfectly with his left foot.

"Once it was in the gap, my mind was already made up," Meacham said. "We've been telling these guys we wanted to be more aggressive. We were already up and I thought we had a chance to add another, but they made the play."

Santana escaped unscathed, retiring his next nine batters on 17 pitches, and the Mets fought back in the fourth when Pettitte walked two.

Consecutive singles by Church, Wright and Beltran made it 2-1. With two outs, Schneider drew a bases-loaded walk and Castillo dribbled an RBI infield single up the third-base line to put the Mets ahead.

Reyes homered leading off the seventh against Farnsworth and clapped his hands emphatically as he rounded first. After Church walked, Wright hit an opposite-field shot that made it 6-2.

Both homers came on 2-2 pitches, and Farnsworth was booed by Yankees fans in the crowd of 55,093. He has allowed six home runs in 20 innings this year.

"They hit two good pitches," Farnsworth said. "I'm not going to change what I've been doing and I've been successful with, but they got me today."

Giambi connected leading off the seventh and Abreu added a solo shot in the eighth. Santana has allowed 11 homers in nine starts for the Mets after giving up an AL-high 33 with Minnesota last year.

Beltran tripled off Joba Chamberlain in the ninth and scored on Carlos Delgado's two-out single.


  • Giambi became the first player to homer on an 0-2 pitch from Santana since Kansas City's Matt Diaz on Sept. 27, 2005, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • In the NL for the first time, Santana ran his interleague record to 17-4.
  • Jeter is hitting .386 against the Mets in his career, the highest mark of any Mets opponent.
  • Mets LF Moises Alou, 41, played his first career game at Yankee Stadium.
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Jose Reyes takes a moment after sprinting around the bases to give thanks for his third homer. (AP)
Jose Reyes takes a moment after sprinting around the bases to give thanks for his third homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
New York

D. Jeter
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5121013 .263
Ryan Church, RF4210122 .309
David Wright, 3B5232000 .279
Carlos Beltran, CF5231011 .259
Moises Alou, LF3010111 .342
    Endy Chavez, LF0000000 .178
Carlos Delgado, 1B5021026 .228
Damion Easley, DH4000035 .222
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH-DH1000011 .237
Brian Schneider, C3001100 .307
Luis Castillo, 2B3011100 .261
a-struck out for Easley in the 9th
3B - Carlos Beltran (3, Chamberlain)
HR - Jose Reyes (3, Farnsworth), David Wright (8, Farnsworth)
RBI - Jose Reyes (15), David Wright 2 (34), Carlos Beltran (24), Carlos Delgado (18), Brian Schneider (13), Luis Castillo (9)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Delgado (7), Brian Schneider (4), Luis Castillo (5)
SB - David Wright (6, 2nd base off Pettitte/Moeller), Carlos Beltran (5, 3rd base off Pettitte/Moeller)
CS - Moises Alou (1, 2nd base by Pettitte/Moeller), Luis Castillo (1, 3rd base by Ramirez/Moeller)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1, Ryan Church 1
New York Mets
Johan Santana (W,5-2) 7.2744253 3.30
Billy Wagner (S,9) 1.1200010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 100-67, Billy Wagner 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 9-7, Billy Wagner 1-2
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 30, Billy Wagner 6
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, LF3110110 .257
Bobby Abreu, RF4121011 .288
Derek Jeter, SS4132001 .314
Hideki Matsui, DH4000012 .306
Jason Giambi, 1B4121000 .193
Robinson Cano, 2B4010010 .208
Melky Cabrera, CF3000102 .262
Alberto Gonzalez, 3B3000000 .257
   a- Shelley Duncan, PH1000002 .194
Chad Moeller, C3000011 .243
   b- Morgan Ensberg, PH1000012 .214
a-fouled out for Gonzalez in the 9th
b-struck out for Moeller in the 9th
2B - Bobby Abreu (9, Santana), Derek Jeter (6, Santana)
HR - Bobby Abreu (5, Santana), Derek Jeter (2, Santana), Jason Giambi (8, Santana)
RBI - Bobby Abreu (25), Derek Jeter 2 (21), Jason Giambi (21)
2-OUT RBI - Bobby Abreu (13)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Moeller-Gonzalez
New York Yankees
Andy Pettitte (L,3-5) 6733270 4.42
Kyle Farnsworth 1333112 4.05
Edwar Ramirez 1100110 0.00
Joba Chamberlain 1211020 2.95
HBP - Alou (by Andy Pettitte)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 116-73, Kyle Farnsworth 29-17, Edwar Ramirez 13-8, Joba Chamberlain 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 3-7, Kyle Farnsworth 1-1, Joba Chamberlain 1-0
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 27, Kyle Farnsworth 7, Edwar Ramirez 4, Joba Chamberlain 5
Game Information
Attendance - 55093
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Andy Fletcher