WHAT IT MEANS: Dillon Gee walked the leadoff batter three times in a four-inning span. The final of those free passes came back to sting him. Mark Teixeira followed a leadoff walk to Curtis Granderson in the sixth with a two-out, two-run homer that lifted the Yankees to a 4-2 Subway Series win against the Mets on Saturday night at the Stadium.
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Teixeira’s homer -- which erased the Yankees' one-run deficit -- was the first hit allowed by Gee since the first inning, when the Bombers scored a run but stranded the bases loaded on Raul Ibañez's inning-ending, double-play grounder.
Gee's final line: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.
Granderson added a solo homer against Bobby Parnell in the eighth.
On Sunday, the Mets will try to avoid getting swept in the Bronx for only the second time since the interleague matchup began in 1997. The lone instance right now came in 2003.
WRIGHT STUFF: A half-inning before Teixeira's long ball, David Wright had staked the Mets to a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth with a solo homer against Phil Hughes. Wright snapped a 56 at-bat homerless drought against the Yankees. His last long ball against the Yankees had been June 28, 2008, against Andy Pettitte.
Q FACTOR: Omar Quintanilla, playing with a fracture at the tip of his left index finger, pulled the Mets even at 1 with a third-inning homer against Hughes. It was Quintanilla's first major league homer since Aug. 24, 2008, against Cincinnati's Mike Lincoln, while playing for the Colorado Rockies.
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ANDRES THE NOT-SO-GIANT: After striking out in his first three at-bats, Andres Torres had a chance for redemption in the seventh. But batting with two men in scoring position after Scott Hairston stole second, Torres flied out to left field and the Mets remained trailing, 3-2. Torres is hitting only .163 (13-for-80) against right-handed pitching this season.
OUCH? Jason Bay, who returned to the lineup this series from a fractured rib on his left side, got to find out whether it is fully healed. Bay caught Robinson Cano's fly ball in foul territory in left field to end the third inning. He bumped the wall as he made the grab. Stay tuned postgame.
Terry Collins has chosen to use Lucas Duda as DH to maximize the quality of the Mets' outfield defense rather than ease Bay back and use him only to bat.
WHAT'S NEXT: Jon Niese (4-2, 4.11 ERA), pitching for the first time since a rapid heartbeat prompted his removal from a game last Sunday, opposes Pettitte (3-2, 2.78) in the series finale. The Mets plan to fly to Tampa after the game and spend Monday's off-day in Florida. It's a team-sponsored family trip, with Busch Gardens on the itinerary. Also in Florida, Ronny Cedeño is due to more aggressively test his calf running the bases Sunday at the team's Port St. Lucie complex, in a prelude to beginning a minor league rehab assignment shortly thereafter.