The New York Yankees ended a three-game losing streak against the New York Mets, beating their crosstown rivals by a score of 5-3. Phil Hughes became the second AL pitcher to reach 10 wins on the season. Mike Pelfrey picked up the loss for the Mets while Mariano Rivera picked up his 16th save of the season. With the win, the Yankees move to 42-26 and move a half-game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.

The only player to show up for the Mets today (AP)

Initial Reaction:

Much like last Tuesday’s game, this was a battle between two aces that wasn’t. Both Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey allowed three earned runs in the first three innings. However, Curtis Granderson’s two-run home run in the fourth turned out to be the difference in this game.

Phil Hughes: 7 IP, 5 Hits, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Mike Pelfrey: 7 IP, 7 Hits, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Joba Chamberlain came on in the eighth inning and only allowed one hit, a tough double for Angel Pagan. However, he got David Wright to strike out on a slider to preserve the lead. In the ninth, Mariano Rivera did what he does in the ninth inning.

Positives From The Game:

A Proportional Response: After the leadoff home run by Jose Reyes, it could have been a long afternoon for the Yanks. Mark Teixeira grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, but Brett Gardner scored from third to tie up the game at one.

A Quick Response, Part II: After Jose Reyes hit a two-run homer in the third, Mark Teixeira answered back with a dinger to right-center to even up the game at three apiece.

Double ‘Em Up: Phil Hughes almost got into more trouble in the sixth inning with runners on first and second and only one out. He made a great pitch to Jason Bay who grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.

Cano Report: Robinson Cano went 2-3 with a walk. Business, as usual. This was his 32nd multi-hit game on the year.

Middle of the Lineup: The middle of the Met lineup was nonexistent today. Yankee pitching limited the 3-7 hitters for the Mets to 1-18 with five strikeouts.

Negatives From The Game:

Leading Off: Jose Reyes hit his 16th career leadoff home run to start off the game. Then in the third inning with a runner on, Reyes hit his second homer of the game off of Hughes, again to right field. Today was his 6th career multi-homer day. Not bad for a guy with only 68 career home runs.

Bottom of the Lineup: With Derek Jeter out with a sore heel and A-Rod limited to the DH role, the 8 and 9-hole hitters for the Yankees were Ramiro Pena and Kevin Russo. The two went a combined 1-7 with six runners left on base. Both backups are batting less than .200 on the year.

Get in Those Runs!: With A-Rod on third and Cano on second with no outs in the eighth, it looked like the Yankees would be able to put the game out of reach an inning early. However, Jorge Posada popped out to right. Next, Curtis Granderson had a 3-2 fastball blown by him at 95 MPH. Finally, Ramiro Pena grounded out to short to leave the ducks on the pond.

No More Boxing Please: The outfield grass still looks like a sandlot from the June 5th fight between Yuri Foreman and Miguel Cotto.

Interesting Facts:

No Let Up: Coming into today’s game, neither Phil Hughes nor Mike Pelfrey have blown a lead this season.

5: With Curtis Granderson’s two-run home run in the fourth, the Yankees have scored more in four innings today than they scored in the previous 27 innings against the Phillies and Mets.

Thanks, Michael and Elias: Special thanks to Michael Kay and the Elias Sports Bureau for this incredible stat. Today’s game was only the second time in history that two pitchers faced each other with at least nine wins and a winning percentage of .900 or better. The last time? 1900.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees and the Mets will close out their series tomorrow afternoon at 1:05. Let’s hope CC Sabathia performs as well as he did the last time he faced an ace.

Projected Starters:

Johan Santana (5-3, 3.13 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (7-3, 4.00 ERA)