Pettitte outpitches Santana

Yankees 3, Mets 2
June 28, 2008 6:07:16 PM PDT
Andy Pettitte outpitched Johan Santana for his sixth straight win, leading the New York Yankees past the New York Mets 3-2 on Saturday at rainy Shea Stadium. Robinson Cano delivered a key RBI single off Santana, who has received little support from his teammates while dropping four consecutive decisions for the second time in his career.

Pettitte (9-5) allowed only solo homers to Ramon Castro and David Wright in six neat innings, winning his fourth start in a row since allowing 10 runs in a June 7 no-decision against Kansas City. The left-hander improved to 6-0 with a 3.54 ERA in eight outings since a May 17 loss to Santana at Yankee Stadium.

Jose Veras and Kyle Farnsworth each worked a scoreless inning before Mariano Rivera got three quick outs to remain perfect in 22 save chances this season.

Rivera has saved 54 of Pettitte's 210 career wins, the second-highest total by a pair of major league pitchers since saves became an official stat in 1969, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley saved 55 victories for Bob Welch.

Carlos Beltran struck out all four times up, three against Pettitte, and the Mets fell to 3-2 in the Subway Series this season. The road team has won all five games.

The final meeting of the year is Sunday, with erratic Mets lefty Oliver Perez possibly pitching to keep his spot in the rotation.

The Yankees won for the 11th time in 15 games overall, one day after the teams split their two-stadium doubleheader. This one was delayed 26 minutes at the start and 53 minutes in the middle of the sixth because of rain.

Santana (7-7) is 0-4 in his last five starts despite a 2.53 ERA. He struck out eight over six innings Saturday, yielding three runs and four hits with four walks - one intentional - while falling to 4-1 against the Yankees in the regular season.

Santana also lost a career-worst four straight decisions from May 18 to June 3, 2004. That season, he won the first of his two AL Cy Young Awards with Minnesota.

After the sixth-inning delay, Wright cut it to 3-2 by hitting Pettitte's fifth pitch down the left-field line for his 15th home run.

Jose Reyes' base running mistake cost Wright an RBI chance in the fifth. Reyes was picked off second by Pettitte with two on, ending the inning.

Santana appeared to have Alex Rodriguez picked off in the sixth, but the left-hander was called for a balk that put A-Rod on second. He scored on Cano's two-out single in a steady rain, increasing the Yankees' lead to 3-1.

Castro opened the scoring in the second with a 425-foot shot off the camera tower beyond the center-field fence, snapping Pettitte's 20-inning shutout streak.

Santana walked consecutive batters to start the fourth, and Mets manager Jerry Manuel gave plate umpire Mike Everitt an earful during a visit to the mound.

Rodriguez's single loaded the bases, and the Yankees went up 2-1 on Jason Giambi's RBI groundout and Jorge Posada's sacrifice fly.


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