Rapid Reaction: Yankees 9, Mets 3

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WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets dropped two out of three games to the Yankees in the Bronx and fell to two games below the .500 mark (22-24). The Mets have never beaten the Yankees in a rubber game at Yankee Stadium (0-9).

SEVENTH HELL: The Mets allowed a season-high eight runs in the seventh inning. Their previous high was six in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies in the second game of a doubleheader on April 14. In all, the Yankees sent 13 hitters to the plate in the frame, recording six hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Third baseman Willie Harris also made an error.

SMALL PELF: Right-hander Mike Pelfrey was absolutely stellar for six innings, a solo homer by center fielder Curtis Granderson being the only blemish. But it all unraveled for the 27-year-old -- as well as his team -- in the seventh.

Pelfrey allowed a single, a walk and then hit Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli in the shoulder to load the bases, and captain Derek Jeter chased him from the game with a two-run single up the middle. The worst was yet to come.

Pelfrey's line: 6+ IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP

IT ENDS TODAY: Second baseman Justin Turner's streak of consecutive games with an RBI ended at seven. So did his career-high eight-game hitting streak. Turner, who set the franchise's rookie record in that category, went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position, stranding a pair in both the second and third innings. According to ESPN Stats & Information, catcher Mike Piazza holds the franchise record for consecutive games with an RBI (15 in 2000).

Right-handed reliever Pedro Beato also gave up the first two earned runs of his career, ending a franchise-record streak of 18 2/3 innings pitched without allowing one.

RI(S)P: The Mets went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They came into the game batting .233 with RISP.

65 FEET: Manager Terry Collins elected to intentionally walk first baseman Mark Teixeira, loading the bases for third baseman Alex Rodriguez (6-for-8, 3 HR, 19 RBI with the bases loaded after a Teixeira intentional pass). Rodriguez managed to hit a 65-foot dribbler up the third base line, but he reached on an infield single, giving the Yankees a 4-3 lead they'd never relinquish.

WHAT’S NEXT: A trip to the North Side of Chicago to take on the Cubs. The three-game series between the two teams will begin on Tuesday night, when left-hander Jonathon Niese (3-4, 4.39) takes the ball for the Mets. He'll be opposed by right-hander Ryan Dempster (2-4, 6.91).

Niese is coming off his best outing of the season. The 24-year-old threw seven shutout innings against the Washington Nationals on May 18. Niese has won his past two starts.