NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees (19-18) are only a game better than the New York Mets (18-19), after the Mets clawed their way back to beat the Yanks in the Bronx. There were five home runs in the games; the Mets hit four of them.
Five in a row: After last year's four-game Subway Series sweep, the Mets have now won the past five between these two teams.
Bullpen breakdown: Trying to protect a one-run lead in the eighth inning, Matt Thornton and Preston Claiborne failed. Thornton allowed the game-tying RBI single to Lucas Duda. Claiborne gave up Chris Young's two-run homer to give the Mets a 9-7 lead.
Never nervous: After the Mets tied the game in the top of the sixth, the Yankees quickly struck back. Who was in the middle of it? Yangervis Solarte, of course.
After a one-out double by Alfonso Soriano, Solarte -- the Yankees' RBI leader -- singled to right field to make it 5-4 Yankees. The Yanks tacked on two more runs on a Kelly Johnson triple and a throwing error by Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud.
Grand reaction: When Curtis Granderson stepped to the plate at Yankee Stadium for the first time as a former Yankee, he received a mixture of cheers and boos. As one scribe quipped, it was unclear which side was doing the booing. Granderson entered the game with a .185 batting average. He proceeded to hit a single.
Mets fans cheering: Mets supporters were definitely cheering later. Granderson tied the game in the sixth when he launched a two-run shot into the right-field seats. Prior to Granderson's long ball off starter Hiroki Kuroda, d'Arnaud hit a solo homer in the fifth.
In the ninth inning, Jeter led off with a walk against Kyle Farnsworth, but was stranded at third base.
Jeter entered Monday with a .368 average in his career against the Mets.
Tex appears: With one out in the ninth, Mark Teixeira pinch-hit for Murphy. Representing the tying run, Teixeira -- who did not start because he was tired and tight -- nailed a single into the right-field corner.
With runners at first and third and one out, Brian McCann lined a ball toward first base, but it ended up being a nifty double play to end the game.
Thursday's starter: Alfredo Aceves pitched in relief, so he may be unavailable to start on Thursday in place of injured CC Sabathia. In that case, Chase Whitely may make his major league debut. Aceves didn't pitch well, either, allowing a two-run homer by Eric Young Jr.
Gardy goes yardy: Brett Gardner hit a two-out grand slam off Bartolo Colon in the second inning. It was a big hit because the Yankees nearly wasted three consecutive singles from McCann, Alfonso Soriano and Solarte to begin the inning.
Sori milestone: Soriano became the seventh player with 1,000 career hits in both the American League and the National League. When he picked up his single in the second inning for hit No. 1,000 in the AL, the umpires retrieved the ball.
New era: The Yankees wore white-brimmed caps because of the deal they have with the manufacturer New Era. On Wednesday at Citi Field, the Yankees will be sporting gray-brimmed hats.
Yogi in the house: Celebrating his 89th birthday, Yogi Berra was at the Stadium. He flashed a broad smile when he appeared on the video board.