Jason Bay homered twice off an ineffective CC Sabathia, and the New York Mets held off the slumping New York Yankees last night at Citi Field, 6-4, behind Johan Santana's stellar pitching.
Shut down nearly all night by Santana, the Yankees rallied for three runs in the ninth inning before Francisco Rodriguez struck out Alex Rodriguez on a 3-2 breaking ball with runners at the corners to end it.
Mets second baseman Alex Cora, a late addition to the lineup because Luis Castillo has a sore foot, got the offense started with a two-run single in a four-run second inning and the Mets took two of three at home for their first Subway Series victory since a rain-shortened, two-game sweep at old Yankee Stadium in May 2008.
The city rivals meet again in the Bronx from June 18-20.
Mets righthander Manny Acosta was optioned to Triple A Buffalo when Ryota Igarashi (strained hamstring) was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Igarashi immediately will be thrust into an eighth-inning setup job. The rookie righthander from Japan had a 1.35 ERA in seven relief appearances before going on the disabled list April 21.
The decision to demote Acosta means the Mets will keep Jenrry Mejia, a touted righthander, in the majors as a reliever rather than send him to the minors for seasoning as a starter, his role prior to this year.