The New York Mets defeated the New York Yankees 6-4 on Friday night, taking the first game of the Subway Series at Citi Field. The Mets batted around the order in the bottom of the first, collecting five runs on five hits and giving them enough of a lead to last through the game. Justin Turner picked up two RBI on a double, and Ike Davis added the rest of the runs in the inning with a three-run home run. Davis' home run glanced off the glove of leaping Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher and bounced over the wall.
Andy Pettitte (3-3) of the Yankees settled down following the first and only gave up two additional hits. Alex Rodriguez put the Yankees on the board in the sixth with a solo home run. Andruw Jones added another solo shot in the seventh, and Robinson Cano hit a two-run home run in the eighth. That was all the Yankees could muster, and with the Mets collecting an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI double by David Wright, they had the game in hand.
Jonathan Niese improved up to 5-3, tossing 6 1/3 innings, striking out five while allowing one run on eight hits a walk. The Yankees were surely itching to get a shot at Frank Francisco given his calling them "chickens," but he was able to pick up his 18th save, despite giving up a hit and a walk in the inning. The Mets improved to 39-32, while the Yankees fall to 41-28. The second game of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ET.