Andy Pettitte Out-Duels Johan Santana in Subway Series
Not even a rain delay could slow down Andy Pettitte, who came out for another inning after the hour-long rain delay in the sixth inning.
He allowed just two runs on solo home runs to Ramon Castro and David Wright over six innings pitched. The win was Pettitte's fourth in his last four starts.
Since getting roughed up by the Royals for 10 earned runs on June 7, Pettitte has allowed just three runs in his last 27 innings pitched.
Despite turning in another quality start, Johan Santana took the loss for the Mets. In Santana's last six starts the Mets have scored just 2.6 runs per game. Santana is 1-4 in those games.
Santana got into trouble in the fourth when he walked Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu to start the inning. After Alex Rodriguez singled to load the bases, Jason Giambi drove in Jeter with a slow groundout to short. Jorge Posada followed with a sacrifice fly.
Perhaps the most important play of the game came in the bottom of the fifth with the Yankees leading 2-1.
David Wright was at the plate with two outs, Jose Reyes at second, and Damion Easley at first. Andy Pettitte caught Reyes moving toward third and nailed him to record his major league leading eighth pickoff of the season.
The Yankees added a run in the sixth when the rain started and they never looked back.
Jose Veras and Kyle Farnsworth shutdown the Mets in the seventh and eighth, respectively. Mariano Rivera struck out two in the ninth to record his 22nd save in as many chances.
Tomorrow at 1:10 PM the Yankees will send Darrell Rasner (4-5, 4.50 ERA) to the mound to face the Mets' Oliver Perez (5-5, 5.29).
Perez has been terribly inconsistent and has had control problems (he leads the majors in walks allowed and hit batsmen). However, he seems to come through in big games, such as the 2006 playoffs and against the rival Yankees.
Earlier this year, Perez earned the win at Yankee Stadium, going seven-and-two-third innings and allowing just three hits and two runs. In his career, Perez is 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA against the Yanks.
Player of the Game: Andy Pettitte—W, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
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