- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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Russell Martin led off the ninth with a walkoff homer and the Yankees beat the Mets, 5-4, to sweep the first installment of the Subway Series.
THE HERO: Martin's blast to left won the game, but he also had a two-run shot in the seventh that galvanized the offense. After the Yankees were held scoreless through their first 20 outs, Martin hit a two-run shot to right to make it 3-2.
FIRST BLOWN SAVE: Rafael Soriano blew his first save of the year, with an assist to Curtis Granderson. While the closer gave up a rocket to center to lead off the ninth with the Yankees up 4-3, the center fielder misplayed the ball and it sailed over his head.
After that hit, though, it was all on Soriano. He gave up a double to the weak-hitting Ike Davis that tied the game at 4-4, and served up a single to Daniel Murphy that put runners on first and third with one out. He left the mound to boos, despite having converted nine straight saves before that.
PETTITTE'S HAND: Andy Pettitte snagged a one-hopper barehanded in the sixth, staying in the game for two more outs before departing after the conclusion of six innings. While he appeared to be fine, as he retired the next two batters, how his hand is feeling will obviously be an important question in the clubhouse.
Overall, the lefty pitched fine. He kept his team in the game, and with some better defense, his final line would have been more impressive.
With the Mets up 1-0 with two on and one out in the second, Robinson Cano booted what could have been a double play to get him out of the inning. The Mets went on to score two more runs that frame. Pettitte struck out eight in six innings, giving up five hits and walking two. Two of his three runs allowed were earned.
THAT'S NOT GOOD: After grounding into just 10 double plays last year, Jeter has hit into 11 this season after grounding into one Sunday. Jeter went 2-for-4, starting the winning rally.
THE RECORD BOOK: With his RBI single, Rodriguez passed Eddie Murray for sole possession of seventh place on the career RBIs list with 1,918.
COMING ATTRACTIONS: Andrew Marchand and I will be in the clubhouse to gather all the details and notes. Adam Rubin will be over talking to the Mets.
UP NEXT: Ivan Nova (7-2, 5.09) will meet Randall Delgado (6-5, 4.26) at 7:10 p.m. in the first game of a three-game series in Atlanta.