Yankees Own 2-0 Lead in Interleague Series Against Cross-town Rival Mets

The New York Yankees won 5-2 last night for their season-best seventh straight victory and a two games to none lead over the New York Mets in the away set of their interleague cross-town series.

The Yankees (50-31) have taken four straight against the Mets (41-42) after losing the first of three games at Yankee Stadium in May, and the initial two meetings at Citi Field.

“You’ve got to feel good with where we are right now,” Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira said.

Curtis Granderson hit his 22nd home run of this season to start the Yankees’ four-run sixth inning. Robinson Cano tripled to send home Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, then scored on Nick Swisher’s sacrifice fly to left field.

Eduardo Nunez, who replaced the injured Derek Jeter two weeks ago, hit his third home run of the season in the ninth inning to pad the Yankees’ lead.

“I feel great right now. I feel better when I play every day,” Nunez told reporters. “But we can make adjustments. When Jeter is coming back, I have to make adjustments.”

The Yankees are 14-3 since Jeter, 37, went on the disabled list June 14 with a strained right calf. Nunez, 24, has started all 17 games, batting .339 with two homers, five doubles and seven RBIs.

Colon Wins No. 6

Bartolo Colon (6-3) allowed five hits and no runs while striking out six in six innings for the Yankees. The Mets were held scoreless until the bottom of the ninth, when they scored twice on groundouts by Jason Bay and Lucas Duda off Yankee relief pitcher Sergio Mitre.

Mets pitcher Dillon Gee (8-2) surrendered seven hits and four runs in seven innings.

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes left the game in the third inning with a tight left hamstring.

In other interleague games, it was Colorado 9, Kansas City 6; Florida 9, Texas 5; Tampa Bay 5, St. Louis 1; Los Angeles Angels 7, Los Angeles Dodgers 1; Arizona 4, Oakland 2; Boston 10, Houston 4; Milwaukee 8, Minnesota 7; Cleveland 3, Cincinnati 1; Atlanta 5, Baltimore 4; Philadelphia 5, Toronto 3; and the Chicago White Sox 1, the Chicago Cubs 0.

In the National League, it was Pittsburgh 5, Washington 3 in the first game of a doubleheader, and Washington 4, Pittsburgh 3 in the nightcap.

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