Mets Battle Back from Early Deficit but Fall 6-5 on Cano Homer
The New York Mets (39-34) dropped the rubber game of their three-game Subway Series at Citi Field to the New York Yankees (43-28) Sunday night by a score of 6-5. The Mets had 12 hits on the evening but all were singles and in the end could not keep up with the power bats of the Bronx Bombers, who homered twice more in the victory. The much hyped pitching matchup between R.A. Dickey and C.C. Sabathia did not live up to expectations as the teams' respective bullpens were called upon to decide the game. Dickey saw his streak of 45 innings without allowing an earned run snap in the third inning as Mark Teixeira hit a one-out sacrifice fly that scored Curtis Granderson. It quickly got worse for Dickey as Nick Swisher followed Teixeira up with a three-run homer that also scored Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano. Dickey was better the rest of the way, allowing just a fielder's choice groundout again to Teixeira that scored Granderson in the fifth. He would finish the night with a line of five runs (all earned) on five hits while walking three and striking out three in six innings of work. The Mets would rally to get Dickey off the hook however, picking up the knuckleballer who has carried the team on many occasions so far this season. Just as Dickey didn't have his best stuff on Sunday night, C.C. Sabathia also struggled, allowing five runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out just one in five and two-third innings. Ruben Tejada got the Mets on the board in the third inning with a sacrifice fly in the third, and David Wright added an RBI single in the fifth, scoring Dickey. In the sixth inning the Mets battled all the way back, taking advantage of a key Robinson Cano error. With one out, Justin Turner reached on the error, followed by a Ronny Cedeno single. Turner advanced on a ground ball by Josh Thole that saw Cedeno thrown out at second while Thole reached on a fielder's choice. Sabathia then walked Vinny Rottino, setting up bases loaded and one out for Andres Torres. Torres hit a two-RBI single to right, scoring both Turner and Thole, that would end Sabathia's night. Corey Wade (BS, 2) came on in relief but gave up another RBI single, this time by Tejada to tie it at five a piece. Wright then walked to load the bases again but Wade struck out pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis to end the threat. It was up to Miguel Batista to keep the game tied and he pitched a 1-2-3 seventh before coming back on for the eighth. Robinson Cano led off the inning with what would become the game winning solo home run to deep center field. It put the focus on manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen, who had Tim Byrdak ready in the bullpen, but opted to stick with Batista, who allowed a two-run, eighth inning homer to Cano the last time he faced him in the series opener Friday. The Mets would have their opportunities to tie the game, Andres Torres made it to third with two-outs in the eighth on a single, a stolen base and a balk by Yankee reliever David Robertson, but Tejada grounded to third to end the inning. Lucas Duda singled with two outs in the ninth but pinch-hitter Ike Davis flew out to right to end the game. The Mets now look to rebound Monday night at Chicago with ace Johan Santana (5-3, 3.00) on the mound. He'll face the Cubs' Travis Wood (1-3, 4.14), game time is scheduled for 8:05 EST.
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