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A-Rod passes Mr. October in career homers as Yanks crush Mets

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NEW YORK -- Reggie Jackson gave Alex Rodriguez a hug in the visiting clubhouse. A-Rod had just hit his 564th home run, moving past Mr. October into 11th place on the career list.

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"Reggie's a close friend and a mentor," Rodriguez said after his two-run drive helped the Yankees beat the Mets 9-1 on Friday night in the first Subway Series game at Citi Field. "Reggie is an American icon."

CC Sabathia (7-4) bounced back from biceps tightness to stifle the Mets on three hits over seven innings as the Yankees won their third straight after losing five of six.

Fill-in leadoff batter Brett Gardner raised his average 22 points to .303 with a career-high five hits, including his third homer of the season and a triple. Ramiro Pena had two doubles and a single as a late replacement in the starting lineup for flu-stricken Derek Jeter, sidelined by a cough and a fever.

And this time, the Mets didn't wait until the last play of the game to be done in by their defense against the Yankees.

Errors by third baseman David Wright, shortstop Alex Cora and first baseman Nick Evans helped the Yankees to a 4-0 second-inning lead, and they beat their crosstown rival for the third time in four meetings this season.

"There was a point there, I started laughing," said Mike Pelfrey (5-3), who dropped to 1-3 in his last nine starts. "You want the ball to get hit to those guys. They make great plays all the time. That was just weird."

Rodriguez made it 7-1 with an opposite-field drive in the eighth off Elmer Dessens, his 11th homer this season. Before connecting at Atlanta's Turner Field on Thursday, Rodriguez hadn't hit one on the road since his first swing this season, on May 8 at Baltimore.

Actress Kate Hudson, who has attended some of A-Rod's recent games, looked on as the ball landed in the right-center field bullpens - Rodriguez even got the ball back. It's been a tumultuous year for A-Rod, who in February admitted using steroids from 2001-3, then had hip surgery and missed the first month.

"The negativity that surrounds the steroids is certainly not something that I carry over to him," Jackson said. "I do appreciate the fact that he admitted his mistakes, so from here we move forward. Judgment on him will be passed with the next 7 1/2 years of his time with the Yankees."

Jackson was sixth when he retired in 1987, trailing only Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson and Harmon Killebrew. He's since been passed by Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and A-Rod.

"You get used to it really," Jackson said.

The Mets drew their second straight sellout, a Citi Field record crowd of 41,278. After selling out the opener, the Mets fell short for 34 consecutive games before a discount-assisted full house Thursday afternoon against St. Louis.

Fans got to see the Mets' first three-error inning in five years, and Sabathia was the beneficiary. He left Sunday's start at Florida after 1 1/3 innings because of tightness in his left biceps.

His arm appeared to be fine Friday, with the stadium radar clocking him at up to 98 mph, and he started 18 of 24 batters with strikes. He retired his first 12 batters, struck out eight and walked one.

"When he's like that, you're not going to score many runs," Wright said.

Pelfrey allowed four runs - two earned - and six hits in five innings. The Mets, who remained one-half game behind NL East-leading Philadelphia, had all their hits in the fifth. Gary Sheffield, who had missed four games with a bad knee, returned from a cortisone shot and led off with his 508th homer. With two on and one out, Sabathia struck out Omir Santos and pinch-hitter Argenis Reyes.

"Nothing was going right. But we had a shot to get back in the game," Sheffield said. "When you get that one shot, that's when you have to bear down."

Pena hit an RBI double in the second and scored on a single by Sabathia, his 14th career RBI. Then came the fielding follies.

Exactly two weeks earlier in the first Subway Series at new Yankee Stadium, second baseman Luis Castillo dropped what would have been a game-ending popup by Rodriguez, allowing two runs to score and giving the Yankees a shocking 9-8 win.

"We played a bad game. It was just one of those nights," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "I think probably some of it is due because of the amount of players that we have missing."

Notes

  • New York Knicks draft pick Jordan Hill threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • The Mets had a three-error ninth in an 11-4 loss to St. Louis on May 20, 2004: 1B Mike Piazza, SS Kaz Matsui and 3B Todd Zeile.
 
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Alex Rodriguez relishes his 564th career homer to pass Reggie Jackson on the all-time list.  (US Presswire)
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Players of the Game
New York

B. Gardner
AB 6
R 3
H 5
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

C. Sabathia
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 0
K 8
 
New York Yankees
Brett Gardner, CF6352001 .303
Johnny Damon, LF6011022 .290
Mark Teixeira, 1B4101101 .276
    Cody Ransom, PR-3B0000000 .200
Alex Rodriguez, 3B2112300 .227
   a- Hideki Matsui, PH1000002 .249
    Nick Swisher, 1B0000000 .238
Robinson Cano, 2B6020007 .302
Melky Cabrera, RF3110203 .287
Francisco Cervelli, C5000026 .269
Ramiro Pena, SS5231003 .268
CC Sabathia, P4111011 .250
    Brett Tomko, P1000011 .000
Totals43914866  
a-flied out for Rodriguez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Johnny Damon (17, Green), Robinson Cano (17, Misch), Ramiro Pena 2 (4, Pelfrey, Pelfrey)
3B - Brett Gardner (4, Green)
HR - Brett Gardner (3, Dessens), Alex Rodriguez (11, Dessens)
RBI - Brett Gardner 2 (13), Johnny Damon (46), Mark Teixeira (58), Alex Rodriguez 2 (36), Ramiro Pena (7), CC Sabathia (1)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (15)
SB - Brett Gardner (17, 2nd base off Misch/Santos), Johnny Damon (8, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Santos)
Team LOB - 14
New York Yankees
CC Sabathia (W,7-4) 7311081 3.55
Brett Tomko 2000010 5.51
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 99-67, Brett Tomko 28-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 6-7, Brett Tomko 2-3
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 24, Brett Tomko 6
New York Mets
Luis Castillo, 2B4000010 .278
Alex Cora, SS4000010 .258
David Wright, 3B4000020 .351
Gary Sheffield, RF3111010 .277
Fernando Tatis, LF3010010 .257
Ryan Church, CF3000001 .273
Nick Evans, 1B3010010 .400
Omir Santos, C3000012 .277
Mike Pelfrey, P1000000 .182
   a- Argenis Reyes, PH1000012 .500
    Patrick Misch, P0000000 .000
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   b- Daniel Murphy, PH1000000 .251
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
Totals3013109  
a-struck out for Pelfrey in the 5th
b-flied out for Parnell in the 8th
Batting
HR - Gary Sheffield (9, Sabathia)
RBI - Gary Sheffield (27)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Alex Cora (3, Throwing), Nick Evans (1, Misplayed grounder), David Wright (10, Throwing)
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (L,5-3) 5642230 4.67
Patrick Misch 1.1200210 6.35
Elmer Dessens 1.1333112 8.10
Bobby Parnell 0.1000100 4.76
Sean Green 1322010 5.45
IBB - Cabrera by Patrick Misch
HBP - Teixeira (by Sean Green)
WP - Bobby Parnell (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 93-59, Patrick Misch 38-19, Elmer Dessens 21-13, Bobby Parnell 10-4, Sean Green 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 9-5, Patrick Misch 1-2, Elmer Dessens 1-2
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 25, Patrick Misch 8, Elmer Dessens 8, Bobby Parnell 2, Sean Green 7
Game Information
Attendance - 41278
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Jerry Layne