Dillon Gee struck out a career-high 12 batters as the New York Mets beat the New York Yankees 3-1 to win their fourth game in as many nights in their Subway Series.
The Mets (22-29) had lost six of their previous seven games before winning two at Citi Field and two more at Yankee Stadium this week.
“Does it mean any more that it’s against the Yankees? Had we been playing better, yeah, it would have been huge,” Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters. “But right now we’ve just got to win some games, and it didn’t matter who it was. It establishes a mood in the clubhouse that, you know what, we’re not that bad.”
Gee (3-6) allowed one run on four hits in 7 1/3 innings last night at Yankee Stadium. Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth inning for his ninth save.
Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Mets a 2-0 advantage. Robinson Cano answered with a home run in the third to narrow the gap to 2-1.
Omar Quintanilla scored in the eighth when John Buck reached first on an infield single to third base as the Mets recorded their fifth straight win.
Vidal Nuno (1-2) gave up two runs on three hits in six innings for the Yankees, who have lost five in a row.
“It’s hard when you lose to your crosstown rivals,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “You don’t want to be part of a team that gets swept by your crosstown rivals. Over time, it’s going to happen, but you don’t want to be the team that it happens to.”
The Yankees said they plan to activate pitcher Andy Pettitte from the disabled list when the team hosts the Cleveland Indians on June 3. The 40-year-old left-hander left a May 16 game against the Seattle Mariners with a tight muscle near his pitching shoulder.
The Boston Red Sox (33-22), who won 9-2 at the Philadelphia Phillies, lead the American League East by two games over the Yankees (30-23). The Mets are in fourth place in the National League East, nine games behind the Atlanta Braves.