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Mets Win 8th Straight, Yankees Drop 3rd Straight

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Hisanori Takahashi was effective over six frames and Angel Pagan provided a two-run double for insurance in the eighth, as the surging New York Mets got the better of the Yankees in a 4-0 win to open the latest edition of the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium.

Ike Davis’ first-inning RBI single held up through seven innings as Takahashi (6-2) held the Yankees to four hits, struck out three and walked two.

Jose Reyes added a run-scoring hit in the ninth for the Mets, who have won eight straight, 12 of 13 overall and seven in a row on the road.

Javier Vazquez (6-6) lasted seven innings and allowed only three hits and a run while walking three and fanning four in the Yankees’ third straight loss.

Raul Valdes was called upon to wrap things up in the bottom of the ninth but was yanked in short order after yielding two hits. Francisco Rodriguez was summoned in and walked Brett Gardner to load the bases with one out and bring the potential tying run to the plate in Derek Jeter.

Jeter was rung up on a check-swing strike-three call and Nick Swisher fouled out to end the dramatics and hand Rodriguez his 16th save.