Mark Teixeira's two-run homer in the sixth inning propelled the Yankees to their second win in as many days over the Mets, as they dropped their city rivals, 4-2, Saturday night in front of a packed house at Yankee Stadium.
MAKE 'EM COUNT: When Teixeira batted with a runner on third and two outs and the Yankees down 2-1 in the sixth, the Yankees had gone 18 batters since their last hit. They had last recorded a hit in the first inning when Robinson Cano singled to left-center.
Teixeria's homer to right made the lack of hits in those innings a moot point, as the Yankees never surrendered the lead. Teixeira, who has struggled for most of the year, now has 11 homers, which is tied for second on the team with Cano.
In the eighth, Curtis Granderson stroked his 18th of the year to make it 4-2.
STRINGING IT TOGETHER: Following his best start of the year, Phil Hughes had another solid start. Aside from giving up two solo homers, Hughes pitched well against the Mets, not putting himself in many dangerous situations while working into the seventh inning.
Hughes yielded six hits over 6 1/3, striking out six while walking two. He had good life on his fastball, although he had some command issues early. He looked poised and confident on the mound, and while he threw a lot of pitches, it wasn't a bullpen-taxing outing.
The home run bug continues to be a problem, as he has now allowed a home run in all 12 of his starts this season, tying Runelvys Hernandez for the second-longest streak in MLB history. His next two starts are scheduled to both be against the Braves, one at home and one on the road. If he serves up home runs in each of those games, he'd tie Bert Blyleven for the all-time record.
GROUP EFFORT: The Yankees recorded the final eight outs of the game with four different relievers. Boone Logan, Cory Wade, Clay Rapada and Rafael Soriano teamed up to put the Mets away. They yielded two hits over 2 2/3 innings.
COMING ATTRACTIONS: Andrew Marchand will have a piece on Teixeira, while I'll tackle Hughes' outing. Over in the Mets clubhouse, Adam Rubin will have all the details.
WHAT'S NEXT: Lefty Andy Pettitte (3-2, 2.78 ERA) will go for the sweep when he faces fellow southpaw Jonathon Niese (4-2, 4.11) at 1:05 p.m.