WHAT IT MEANS: After reaching .500 for the first time since April 9 with Friday’s victory, the Mets slipped back under at 22-23 with a 7-3 loss to the Yankees on Saturday night.
ROOKS: A pair of Mets rookie records fell, so move over Ron Swoboda and Jack DiLauro.
Justin Turner drove in a run for the seventh straight game, establishing a new franchise rookie mark. Swoboda had RBIs in six straight games in August 1965. Turner’s line-drive single to right plated Daniel Murphy as the Mets took a 2-0 first-inning lead.
The last rookie in the majors to drive in a run in seven straight games was Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez of the Bronx from Sept. 21-27 of last season.
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Meanwhile, Pedro Beato has now pitched 18 2/3 innings this season without allowing an earned run, setting a record for the longest streak to open a major league career as a Met. In 1969, DiLauro opened his career as a Met with 17 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. Beato, who recorded five outs, was making his first appearance in six days and second since returning from the disabled list for elbow tendinitis.
FOUR-LORNED: Chris Capuano surrendered four long balls -- two-run homers to Russell Martin and Mark Teixeira and solo shots to Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez -- as the Yankees took a 6-3 lead. Capuano was pulled after A-Rod’s long ball.
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The four homers allowed were one shy of matching the franchise record, set by Roger Craig on May 4, 1963 against the San Francisco Giants. Johan Santana and Oliver Perez also allowed four homers apiece last May.
Capuano’s line: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.
BAY WATCH: Jason Bay batted with six runners on base and produced one RBI. He had a bases-loaded, no-out sacrifice fly in the first inning. In the fifth, he stranded Carlos Beltran with a fielder’s choice groundout. In the seventh, with runners on the corners, Bay popped out to first base.
BUCH SHOT: Taylor Buchholz, like Beato, worked for the first time in six days. He allowed an eighth-inning run. Buchholz said he was briefly unavailable earlier in the week because of shoulder soreness after working three games in four days, including two innings Sunday at Houston.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez did not pitch Saturday. He has finished 18 of the Mets’ first 45 games. K-Rod is on track for 65 games finished, 10 over the threshold for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012.
WHAT’S NEXT: Mike Pelfrey (3-3, 5.11 ERA) opposes right-hander Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.33) in Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. rubber game.