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Mets take Subway Series opener against Yankees

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NEW YORK -- After a loss in the mist, the New York Yankees lamented their missed chances.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and a trio of relievers kept the Yankees flailing, and the New York Mets emerged with a 2-1 win Friday in the opener of the Subway Series.

Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano and the rest of the Yankees went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position -- the lone hit was by Derek Jeter and, fittingly, it was an infield single that didn't advance a runner.

Added up, the Yankees lost their sixth straight home game, their worst such stretch since 2003. And it prompted someone to ask manager Joe Girardi a natural question: Would he consider a lineup change?

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"Last time I did something," he said, "everyone was in an uproar."

Girardi managed to crack a wry smile, recalling the tizzy set off last weekend after he listed Jorge Posada ninth in the batting order.

This time, Posada, Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner -- the bottom three hitters in the lineup -- went a combined 0 for 9 with six strikeouts. Gardner grounded out with the bases loaded to end the second inning.

Granderson, among the major league leaders with 14 home runs, tried to provide pop when he swung at a 3-0 pitch from reliever Mike O'Connor with two outs and none on in the seventh. Instead, he hit a foul pop to end the inning.

Granderson had no better luck facing Dickey, going hitless in three tries.

"There really is no rhyme or reason to it," Granderson said. "The ball is going to do its own thing."

A day after the Yankees romped in Baltimore 13-2, they looked pretty feeble. Girardi noted his team broke loose at Camden Yards with "that exact same lineup."

"Whenever you face a knuckleballer, you're really not sure what's going to happen, because it's not something guys face every day. We had some opportunities, but as I said, when you face a knuckleballer, it's not something you see very often, and it's a totally different day for all of our hitters," Girardi said.

Mark Teixeira homered for the Yankees. Daniel Murphy went deep and a youthful Mets lineup won in front of a surprisingly lackluster New York crowd.

Justin Turner had three hits, including a tying double off Freddy Garcia (2-4) to give him an RBI in six straight games. Jose Reyes made a run-saving play at shortstop and Francisco Rodriguez converted his 15th save in a row for the resurgent Mets (22-22), winners of 10 of 14.

K-Rod, pitching in the Mets' fifth consecutive game, worked a 1-2-3 ninth. The bullpen put up three perfect innings in relief of Dickey (2-5), who delivered the latest strong outing after New York threw consecutive shutouts against Washington on Wednesday and Thursday.

Only about two-thirds of Yankee Stadium was full for the first inning of the 15th regular-season Subway Series opener after it rained all day -- the attendance of 47,874 was about 1,000 shy of a sellout.

The Mets won despite having everyday players David Wright, Ike Davis and Angel Pagan on the disabled list.

"We all know right know with Ike out of the lineup, David out of the lineup, there's guys to step in and try to fill those holes," Mets star Carlos Beltran said.

The Yankees finished with just four hits and their lone run would've been an out at spacious Citi Field. Teixeira's homer in the third inning made it into the first row of seats in Yankee Stadium's short right field, barely over the glove of a leaping Beltran.

Turner doubled home the tying run in the fourth and Murphy led off the sixth with a liner into the right-field seats for a 2-1 lead.

The Yankees, meanwhile, didn't get a hit after Russell Martin's double in the sixth.

"When runners are in scoring position, sometimes you don't get it done, sometimes you run into bad luck. Sometimes the at-bats aren't great. There's a number of things that are happening. But you keep getting those opportunities, and eventually it's going to turn," Girardi said.

Notes

  • Yankees LHP Pedro Feliciano, sidelined since spring training because of a torn capsule in his shoulder, says he'll try throwing in early June. Smiling in the clubhouse before the game, he joked about getting a chance to strike out former teammate Davis when the teams meet in July at Citi Field. Davis is in Florida rehabbing his ankle.
  • Wright (lower back stress fracture) had an imaging test on his back. He hopes to return when he's eligible to come off the DL on May 31.
 
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Justin Turner gets three hits, including this double, which gives him an RBI in six straight games. (AP)
Justin Turner gets three hits, including this double, which gives him an RBI in six straight games. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Turner
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

R. Dickey
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 3
K 6
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4000000 .311
Daniel Murphy, 1B4111000 .234
Carlos Beltran, RF2010200 .280
Jason Bay, LF4000013 .227
Fernando Martinez, DH4110012 .273
Justin Turner, 3B4031000 .364
Josh Thole, C4000013 .213
Jason Pridie, CF4010011 .236
Ruben Tejada, 2B4000021 .300
Totals3427226  
Batting
2B - Fernando Martinez (2, Garcia), Justin Turner 2 (7, Garcia, Garcia)
HR - Daniel Murphy (4, Garcia)
RBI - Daniel Murphy (13), Justin Turner (14)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Turner (5)
SB - Jason Pridie (3, 2nd base off Robertson/Martin)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Murphy
E - Jose Reyes (4, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey (W,2-5) 6411361 4.71
Mike O'Connor (H,2) 1000010 0.00
Jason Isringhausen (H,11) 1000020 1.80
Francisco Rodriguez (S,15) 1000020 0.76
HBP - Swisher (by R.A. Dickey)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 101-62, Mike O'Connor 16-9, Jason Isringhausen 12-7, Francisco Rodriguez 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 7-5, Jason Isringhausen 1-0, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 26, Mike O'Connor 3, Jason Isringhausen 3, Francisco Rodriguez 3
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS3010110 .259
Curtis Granderson, CF4000003 .264
Mark Teixeira, 1B4111022 .253
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4010012 .260
Robinson Cano, 2B4000011 .280
Russell Martin, C3010101 .270
Jorge Posada, DH3000121 .178
Nick Swisher, RF3000032 .218
Brett Gardner, LF3000013 .260
Totals31141311  
Batting
2B - Alex Rodriguez (9, Dickey), Russell Martin (6, Dickey)
HR - Mark Teixeira (11, Dickey)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (26)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (5)
SB - Brett Gardner (6, 2nd base off Dickey/Thole)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Robinson Cano (4, Throwing)
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Freddy Garcia (L,2-4) 7522221 3.12
Joba Chamberlain 1100020 3.63
David Robertson 1100020 1.53
WP - Freddy Garcia (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 95-60, Joba Chamberlain 14-11, David Robertson 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 6-13, Joba Chamberlain 1-0, David Robertson 1-0
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 28, Joba Chamberlain 4, David Robertson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 47874
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Mark Carlson