June 22, 2012: Five-Run 1st Lifts Mets Over Yanks

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Date: June 22, 2012
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 6
Yankees: 4
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): Justin Turner, Ike Davis, David Wright, Jonathon Niese
Key play: Turner’s single, Davis’s home run, Wright’s double

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a Subway Series. The Mets scored five runs in the first inning and rolled to a 6-4 win.

Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese hurled a scoreless top of the first. Andres Torres drew a walk against the Yanks’ Andy Pettitte to lead off the bottom half. Ronny Cedeno singled and David Wright hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Scott Hairston walked to load the bases and Lucas Duda flied out to center fielder Curtis Granderson. Justin Turner hit a single to drive home Cedeno and Wright with the first two runs of the game. Ike Davis slugged a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Mike Nickeas and Niese followed with back-to-back singles. Pettitte then retired Torres on a fly ball to Granderson for the third out.

Niese and Pettitte each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. With one out in the top of the sixth, Rodriguez homered for the Yankees’ first run of the game. Robinson Cano went down on strikes and Nick Swisher was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Duda. Pettitte set down the Mets in order in the bottom half and Andruw Jones hit a leadoff home run against Niese in the top of the seventh. Russell Martin flied out to Duda and a single by pinch-hitter Jayson Nix followed. Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell got Derek Jeter to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Cedeno. Parnell then struck out Granderson to end the inning.

Pinch-hitter Omar Quintanilla got a one-out single against Yanks’ reliever Cory Wade in the bottom of the seventh. Wright doubled to drive home Quintanilla for a 6-2 Mets lead. Wade retired Hairston on a fly ball to left fielder Jones, who threw to second baseman Cano for an out on Wright and a double play to end the inning. Mark Teixeira singled against the Mets’ Miguel Batista to begin the top of the eighth. Rodriguez was struck out and Cano hit a two-run homer. Batista then got Swisher to pop out to third baseman Wright and retired Jones on a fly ball to left fielder Hairston to close out the inning.

Turner hit a one-out double against Yankees’ reliever Clay Rapada in the bottom of the eighth. Davis was retired on a foul pop-up to catcher Martin. Yanks’ reliever Cody Eppley issued an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy and retired pinch-hitter Josh Thole on a line drive to right fielder Swisher for the inning’s third out. To start the top of the ninth, Mets’ reliever Frank Francisco got Martin to fly out to center fielder Torres. Pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez drew a walk and Jeter singled. Granderson was called out on strikes. Francisco then retired Teixeira on a pop-up to shortstop Quintanilla that ended the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the weekend intra-city series.