Ike Davis hit a three-run homer in the first inning as the New York Mets earned a 6-4 victory over the cross-town rival Yankees in the first of three Major League Baseball interleague games.
After a 61-minute rain delay at Citi Field last night, Justin Turner hit a two-run single and Davis followed with his home run to give the Mets a 5-0 lead. Omar Quintanilla added a sixth run on David Wright’s double in the seventh inning.
“The one really bad pitch was to Ike and that was it,” said losing pitcher Andy Pettitte. “I can’t pitch like that. I was just a tick off in that first inning, and it cost us the game.”
Davis has been struggling to improve his batting average, bringing it up to .191 from .162 before June 10th. Yesterday’s home run was his eighth this season.
“Ike is very determined to get out of this, he’s been fighting it, fighting it, fighting it,” Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters. “And now, all of a sudden, some of the balls he’s swinging at, he’s hitting them on the barrel of the bat instead of swinging and missing, and if he can do that, he’s going to be dangerous.”
The Yankees’ third straight loss followed a 10-game winning streak.
Alex Rodriguez and Andruw Jones each had solo home runs in the sixth and seventh innings, while Robinson Cano blasted a two-run homer in the eighth.
Jonathon Niese (5-3) gave up two runs on eight hits and struck out five in 6 1/3 innings for the win. Frank Francisco got his 18th save.
Pettitte (3-3), who returned to the Yankees after a one-year retirement, took the loss as he surrendered five runs on seven hits and struck out six in six innings.
The Yankees (41-28) are atop the American League East. The Mets (39-32) are second in the National League East, 2 1/2 games behind the Washington Nationals.