May 23, 2010: Mets Hold Off Yanks' Comeback Effort

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Date: May 23, 2010
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 6
Yankees: 4
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Jason Bay, Alex Cora, Johan Santana
Key play: Cora’s single, Bay’s home runs

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Sunday night at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a Subway Series. The Mets withstood a late Yankee rally and came away with a 6-4 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Mets’ starter Johan Santana gave up just a single to Robinson Cano in the top of the second. Rod Barajas doubled against the Yanks’ C. C. Sabathia to lead off the bottom half. Jeff Francoeur and Santana both went down on strikes before Jose Reyes singled to send Barajas to third base. On his own hit, Reyes moved to second via an error by left fielder Kevin Russo. Alex Cora hit a single to drive home Barajas and Reyes for a two-run Mets lead. Cora stole second and Jason Bay homered to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Sabathia then struck out Ike Davis to finish off the inning.

Santana and Sabathia each pitched scoreless third and fourth innings. Johan set down the side in order in the top of the fifth and Bay hit his second home run of the game to lead off the bottom half. Davis singled and advanced to second base on catcher Francisco Cervelli’s passed ball. David Wright hit a double to score Davis and lengthen the Mets’ lead to six runs. Angel Pagan popped out to shortstop Derek Jeter and a fly ball by Barajas was caught by center fielder Brett Gardner. Francoeur was given an intentional walk. Sabathia then fanned Santana for the inning’s final out.

Santana set down all three batters in the top of the sixth. Yankees’ reliever Sergio Mitre hurled a scoreless bottom half and Nick Swisher drew a two-out walk in the top of the seventh. Cervelli hit a single off the left field wall (he held at first base thinking it was a home run, but the replay proved otherwise) that brought home Swisher with the Yanks’ first run of the game. Santana got Russo on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Francoeur. Mitre then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.

The Yankees loaded the bases with two outs against Santana in the top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano retired Cano on a pop-up to first baseman Davis that closed out the inning and the Yanks’ Boone Logan gave up only a single to pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis in the bottom half. Swisher walked against the Mets’ Ryota Igarashi to open the top of the ninth. Cervelli singled and Russo hit a force play grounder back to Igarashi. Pinch-hitter Juan Miranda singled to drive home Swisher and cut the Mets’ lead to 6-2. Jeter hit a double against the Mets’ Francisco Rodriguez, scoring Russo and sending Miranda to third base. Gardner grounded out to third baseman Wright to bring home Miranda with the fourth Yankee run. Mark Teixeira got an infield single that moved Jeter to third. Francisco Rodriguez then struck out Alex Rodriguez to end the game. The Mets had held on for a victory over their cross-city rivals.