NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson each hit a two-run homer, Phil Hughes became the American League's second 10-game winner and the New York Yankees ended the New York Mets' eight-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory Saturday.
The matchup between rising star pitchers with 9-1 records was won with the long ball. Hughes gave up two early home runs to Jose Reyes, but Mike Pelfrey yielded homers after allowing the leadoff batter to reach in the third and fourth innings of his worst start in six weeks.
When given the lead, Hughes (10-1) held it — a hallmark of his season. The 23-year-old right-hander has not allowed an opponent to tie or take the lead once the Yankees went ahead in 12 of his 13 starts. The only time his teammates failed to give him the lead was against the Mets and Pelfrey (9-2) on May 22, his only loss.
The win ended the Yankees' three-game skid and tied Hughes with another budding star, Tampa Bay's David Price, who is 10-2, for the AL lead in wins. Hughes allowed five hits and three walks in seven innings. He struck out four and threw a wild pitch.
Joba Chamberlain pitched a scoreless eighth, rebounding from a poor performance against the Phillies on Thursday night in which he gave up three runs without getting an out.
Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 17 chances.
The Yankees scored more runs Saturday than they had in their past three games overall (four) — without the help of shortstop Derek Jeter, who was a late scratch from the lineup because of bruised heel. He was hurt running to first Friday night in a 4-0 loss to the Mets.
With Alex Rodriguez serving as the designated hitter, the left side of the Yankees' infield was manned by 25-year-old rookie Kevin Russo at third base and 24-year-old second-year backup Ramiro Pena at shortstop.
The Yankees can even the 2010 Subway Series at 3-all Sunday, when they send CC Sabathia to the mound against Johan Santana in a pairing of former Cy Young Award winners. The Mets won two of three at Citi Field in May with Santana beating Sabathia in that series finale.
Reyes homered on the game's second pitch but the Yankees answered in the bottom half. Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher hit singles to put runners on first and third with none out before Teixeira grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, allowing Gardner to score.
Reyes connected in the third after Hughes walked No. 9 batter Henry Blanco for his sixth multihomer game. The ball just cleared the right-field wall several yards from where his first drive went out. Swisher leaped but did not get his glove over the top of the wall.
Teixeira tied it with a two-run drive an out after Gardner got his second single to start the bottom of the inning, and Granderson hit a long homer to right after Pelfrey walked Posada leading off the fourth for a 5-3 margin.
Pelfrey let the leadoff batter reach in five of his seven innings. He gave up five runs, the most he's allowed since giving up six to the Phillies on May 1, which ended the Mets' other eight-game winning streak this season.
Reyes was retired in his final two at-bats. In the fifth, he was brought to one knee swinging at a 2-2 curveball for an inning-ending strikeout, and he grounded out to first in the eighth.
NOTES: Mets manager Jerry Manuel said RHP John Maine (sore shoulder) will need at least one more rehab start before being activated from the DL. Manuel said Maine will definitely return to the rotation when he is ready and that LHP Hisanori Takahashi would remain in a starter role. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey or LHP Jonathon Niese are the likely candidates to be sent to the bullpen. ... Yankees RHP A.J. Burnett reported no problems with his bruised foot after his bullpen session and said he would be able to make his next scheduled start Monday night in Arizona.