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Yankees solve Dickey, Cano's home run in eighth clinches series against Mets

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NEW YORK -- R.A. Dickey looked like any ordinary pitcher against the powerful New York Yankees.

Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and the Yankees touched up Dickey for five runs in a 6-5 victory against the New York Mets on Sunday night.

Nick Swisher hit an early three-run shot against Dickey, who was coming off consecutive one-hitters -- making him the first major leaguer in 24 years to accomplish that feat. But in a much-anticipated matchup at sold-out Citi Field, both he and Yankees ace CC Sabathia were missing their best stuff.

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"It didn't quite live up to the billing," Dickey said.

The talk of the town lately, Dickey was riding an unprecedented roll of dominance that rivaled any in baseball history. But the knuckleballer had an uncharacteristic bout of wildness against the homer-happy Yankees and lasted only six innings. He walked three, hit a batter and threw his first wild pitch of the season.

"I didn't have a great knuckleball. It was just coming out wobbly a little bit. I kept searching for it," Dickey said.

Leading off the eighth, Cano drove a 2-0 delivery from Miguel Batista (1-2) over the home run apple in straightaway center for his 16th home run and fifth in seven games. Taking advantage of a shaky Mets bullpen again, the Yankees won the final two games of the weekend series by one run to finish 5-1 against their crosstown rivals this season.

"Not too bad for a bunch of chickens," said Swisher, eager to take a shot at Mets closer Frank Francisco.

Before the series, Francisco called the Yankees "chickens" and later explained what he meant was that they often complain about calls by the umpires -- especially balls and strikes.

Francisco saved the series opener Friday but was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained muscle on his left side.

Including a sweep at home earlier this month, the Yankees have won five consecutive series against the Mets since May 2010.

The Bronx Bombers hit 15 home runs against the Mets this season -- seven at reconfigured Citi Field -- to account for 24 of their 32 runs. They lead the majors with 112 home runs in 71 games, including 34 in the past 19 games.

"We don't seem to make pitches when we need to make them," said Mets manager Terry Collins, who acknowledged he should have brought in left-hander Tim Byrdak to face Cano. "They hit balls out of the ballpark like there's nothing to it."

Boone Logan (2-0) gave the Yankees another splendid performance out of the bullpen, and David Robertson retired Ruben Tejada with a runner on third to end the eighth. Rafael Soriano worked a scoreless ninth in the rain for his 15th save in 16 chances.

The Yankees have won 14 of their past 18 road games.

"We feel like we can beat everybody. We never go into a game saying, 'We'll probably lose this one because this guy's hot,' " Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira said. "When people say, 'You can't beat him,' we go, 'OK, we'll prove you wrong.' It's kind of fun."

Sabathia, also coming off a complete game with double-digit strikeouts, gave up nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He was betrayed by his defense while yielding five runs -- one earned.

Dickey received a big ovation during pregame introductions and sent a smiling Alex Rodriguez sprawling to the dirt with a high-and-tight pitch in the first -- perhaps the first time he's been buzzed by a knuckleball.

Dickey used his bat and legs to help the scrappy Mets get started on their comeback from a four-run deficit. He singled off Sabathia in the fifth and hustled home from second on David Wright's two-out RBI single.

The 37-year-old pitcher slid into Chris Stewart at the plate, getting a face full of catcher's mitt as his helmet was knocked off and the ball squirted away.

Trailing 5-2 in the sixth, the Mets capitalized on Cano's error at second base to score three unearned runs with two outs. Vinny Rottino, pinch-hitting for Dickey, drew a four-pitch walk from Sabathia and screened Teixeira when Andres Torres grounded a two-run single just past the Gold Glove first baseman.

Tejada, just activated from the disabled list after missing seven weeks with a strained quadriceps, tied it with a single off Cory Wade, who struck out pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Dickey wriggled out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second but couldn't escape in the third. Two walks sandwiched around Rodriguez's dribbler for an infield single loaded the bases for Teixeira, the pitcher's old buddy from their early days in Texas.

Teixeira made solid contact on a sacrifice fly, ending Dickey's streak without allowing an earned run at 44 2/3 innings -- second-best in team history behind Dwight Gooden's stretch of 49 innings in 1985.

Swisher then sent a 2-1 knuckler well beyond the 390-foot sign in right-center for his 11th home run and a 4-0 cushion. He clapped his hands high as he rounded first base and wore a broad smile when he got back to the dugout.

"Lucky," Swisher said. "I've never hit a ball like that off a knuckleballer, I know that."

It was the first home run off Dickey since Cincinnati slugger Joey Votto connected on May 17. After a no-decision in that game, Dickey won his next six starts heading into Sunday night.

Notes

  • Mets 1B Ike Davis, scratched from the lineup Saturday and sent home because of food poisoning, flied out as a pinch-hitter to end it.
  • The crowd of 42,364 was the largest in the four-year history of Citi Field.
  • Wright extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
  • The Mets finished 11-11 during a 22-game stretch against winning teams. Johan Santana will pitch Monday night at Wrigley Field against the last-place Chicago Cubs.
 
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Robinson Cano's eighth-inning home run breaks a tie game and sends the Yankees to their fifth win in six games vs. the Mets.  (US Presswire)
Robinson Cano's eighth-inning home run breaks a tie game and sends the Yankees to their fifth win in six games vs. the Mets. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
New York

A. Torres
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

R. Cano
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS5000010 .305
Curtis Granderson, CF3200110 .246
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4110021 .264
Robinson Cano, 2B3221100 .299
Mark Teixeira, 1B3002000 .253
Nick Swisher, RF3113101 .268
Raul Ibanez, LF4030000 .246
    Dewayne Wise, PR-LF0000000 .133
Chris Stewart, C4000015 .246
CC Sabathia, P3000003 .000
    Cory Wade, P0000000 .000
    Boone Logan, P0000000 .000
    David Robertson, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Chavez, PH1000010 .264
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Totals3367636  
a-struck out for Robertson in the 9th
Batting
HR - Robinson Cano (16, Batista), Nick Swisher (11, Dickey)
SF - Mark Teixeira (5)
RBI - Robinson Cano (36), Mark Teixeira 2 (42), Nick Swisher 3 (45)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher 3 (16)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Cano-Jeter-Teixeira
E - Robinson Cano (4, Misplayed grounder), Chris Stewart 2 (3, Throwing)
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
CC Sabathia 5.2951230 3.45
Cory Wade (BS,2) 0.1100110 3.34
Boone Logan (W,2-0) 1.1000020 2.60
David Robertson (H,6) 0.2100010 2.50
Rafael Soriano (S,15) 1100010 1.65
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 112-73, Cory Wade 14-7, Boone Logan 15-10, David Robertson 14-7, Rafael Soriano 16-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 9-5, David Robertson 1-0
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 28, Cory Wade 3, Boone Logan 4, David Robertson 3, Rafael Soriano 4
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF4122111 .216
Ruben Tejada, SS4022011 .312
David Wright, 3B4021110 .360
Scott Hairston, LF3000013 .264
   a- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, PH1000013 .281
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   b- Daniel Murphy, PH1000000 .269
Lucas Duda, RF5020010 .269
Justin Turner, 1B4100001 .250
   c- Ike Davis, PH1000001 .190
Ronny Cedeno, 2B4020000 .250
Josh Thole, C4110011 .260
R.A. Dickey, P2110002 .161
   d- Vinny Rottino, PH-LF1100110 .182
Totals38512538  
a-struck out for Hairston in the 6th
b-lined out for Parnell in the 9th
c-flied out for Turner in the 9th
d-walked for Dickey in the 6th
Batting
SF - Ruben Tejada (2)
RBI - Andres Torres 2 (19), Ruben Tejada 2 (10), David Wright (41)
2-OUT RBI - Andres Torres 2 (10), Ruben Tejada (3), David Wright (17)
SB - Andres Torres 2 (4, 3rd base off Sabathia/Stewart, 2nd base off Robertson/Stewart), David Wright (8, 3rd base off Sabathia/Stewart)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Cedeno-Tejada-Turner
PB - Josh Thole (6)
E - R.A. Dickey (1, Missed catch of throw), Ruben Tejada (3, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey 6555331 2.31
Miguel Batista (L,1-2) 2211021 4.10
Bobby Parnell 1000010 3.19
HBP - Granderson (by R.A. Dickey)
WP - R.A. Dickey (1)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 92-59, Miguel Batista 32-18, Bobby Parnell 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 10-5, Miguel Batista 2-2, Bobby Parnell 1-1
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 27, Miguel Batista 8, Bobby Parnell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 42364
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Tim McClelland