The New York Yankees beat the New York Mets 9-1 at Yankee Stadium on Friday night, as Johan Santana (3-3) gave up seven runs in his first appearance since his no-hitter, lasting only 5 innings. The Yankees hit four home runs off the Mets ace.
Hiroki Kuroda (5-6) had a strong outing for the Yankees, striking out seven while walking only one and giving up only one hit in seven innings to earn the victory. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
The Yankee offense had quite a night, led by Robinson Cano. He had two two-run home runs, one in the second and one in the third. Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones also had home runs. Cano, Swisher and Jones hit consecutive home runs in the third inning.
"This is a rivalry series," said Nick Swisher, who slugged the second of the three straight third-inning homers. "You're talking about two great teams in New York who are playing extremely well. You come out like that today, that was a great game for us; a total team effort."
The loss was Santana's first in his last nine starts. Mets manager Terry Collins, who gave Santana two extra days of rest following his 134-pitch no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals, took the blame for Santana's rough outing against the Yankees.
"I am responsible for the way he pitched tonight," Collins said. "He was rusty. The command of his stuff was not as sharp as it's been the past three or four or five starts. It was my doing tonight.
"We erred on the side of caution, and it cost us the game."
Only Lucas Duda and Omar Quintanilla were able to pick up hits for the Mets, with Duda getting two including knocking in the Mets' sole run. They drop to 32-27 with the loss, while the Yankees improve to 32-25. Game two of the three-game series is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday.