Yankees manager Joe Girardi called yesterday “a bad day for left-handers” after Pettitte, 40, was ruled out for at least six weeks and the team’s No. 1 starter, CC Sabathia, was placed on the disabled list with a strained groin.
“Until the All-Star break, there’s going to be four starts where guys have to fill in,” Girardi said. “If we have to score more runs, we’ll score more runs.”
Pettitte was injured in the fifth inning when a ball hit by Casey Kotchman struck his ankle. He landed gingerly while making the next pitch before limping off the field.
“That first pitch I threw, I pushed off and there was a lot of pain shooting straight down through my foot,” Pettitte said. “I knew I wasn’t going to be able to throw another pitch.”
New York relievers Cody Eppley, Clay Rapada, Garcia, David Robertson and Rafael Soriano combined to allow two runs over the final four innings following Pettitte’s departure last night. Soriano loaded the bases in the ninth inning and walked in a run before getting a fly out to secure his 17th save of the season.
Robinson Cano had three hits, including a go-ahead two-run home run in the sixth inning, as the Yankees won their fifth straight game. Eric Chavez had two hits and drove in three runs at Yankee Stadium.
New York is 46-28, in first place in the American League East division.
At Wrigley Field, Daniel Murphy hit his first two home runs of the season in the fourth and fifth innings as the Mets recorded a 17-1 victory against the Chicago Cubs.
Chicago starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija allowed nine runs in 4 1/3 innings before being replaced by Casey Coleman, who allowed seven runs over the next 1 2/3 innings. New York batted around in both the fifth and sixth innings.
The Mets have scored at least 17 runs in a game 11 times in their history, five times against the Cubs. The team’s largest margin of victory was 18 runs in a 19-1 victory against Chicago in 1964.
Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese allowed eight hits and one run in seven innings for his sixth victory of the year. Ramon Ramirez pitched two scoreless innings to end the game.
The Mets, who lost the first two games of the series, are 40-36. The team’s previous season high for runs scored came in an 11-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this month.
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