The Mets may own New York before this season is over. But not yet.
Behind a pair of two-run homers by Mark Teixeira and Michael Pineda's ace-like pitching, the Yankees took the Subway Series opener Friday night, 6-1, before 45,310 at chilly Yankee Stadium.
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The crowd included sections filled with orange-clad Mets fans in the leftfield upper deck wearing "Bronx Invasion" T-shirts.
But there would be no invasion on this night. The Yankees strafed Jacob deGrom for six runs in the first three innings, with five of the runs scoring on three home runs, and cruised behind Pineda, who allowed one run in 72/3 superb innings.
Pineda (3-0, 3.86) gave up five hits, walked none and struck out seven in a dominant performance. "I thought his stuff was excellent from the beginning,'' Joe Girardi said. "He just carried it through almost eight innings.''
Jacoby Ellsbury hit a solo home run off deGrom (2-2, 2.96), who entered the game with a 0.93 ERA and an 181/3-inning scoreless streak. The Mets (13-4), who came in with the best record in baseball, had won a club record-tying 11 in a row and were coming off a 10-0 homestand.
"It's disappointing because we were on a nice roll,'' Terry Collins said. "I know the Yankees have been playing very well. We're surprised when Jake doesn't have his good stuff. And tonight, he didn't have it.''
The Yankees (10-7) have won four straight games, seven of eight and eight of 11. "We've turned it around,'' Girardi said. "We've swung the bats well, we've pitched extremely well, but I think probably the biggest thing is our defense got to where we thought it would be.''
It was the first time in the 19-year history of regular-season play between New York's teams that both had at least a share of first place in their divisions when they met.
The red-hot Mets had been the talk of the town going into the weekend series, which continues Saturday with Matt Harvey making his first start at Yankee Stadium against CC Sabathia.
The Yankees struck in the first inning when Teixeira hit a two-out, two-run home run just inside the foul pole in right and into the second deck.
Pineda retired the first eight Mets before Kirk Nieuwenhuis chopped a double inside the third-base bag with two outs in the third. Curtis Granderson grounded to short to end the inning and the Yankees struck for four runs in the bottom half.
Ellsbury led off the inning with his first home run, a line drive to right that would have been a double at Citi Field (where the teams will meet again Sept. 18-20).
Brett Gardner followed with a single to right but was thrown out by Granderson when he tried to turn it into a double. Alex Rodriguez walked before Teixeira again homered into the second deck to give the Yankees a 5-0 lead. He is batting only .218 and has only 12 hits -- including only one single -- but he has seven homers and 17 RBIs.
The Yankees weren't done. Brian McCann singled, Carlos Beltran walked and Chase Headley singled to load the bases. DeGrom got Stephen Drew to hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.
DeGrom was able to throw two more innings without incident and exited after 84 pitches. He went five, allowing six runs and eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Pineda took the six-run lead and ran with it. The Mets challenged with runners on first and third and one out in the fifth, but Pineda struck out rookie Kevin Plawecki and got Nieuwenhuis to ground to first.
The Mets made it 6-1 on Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly in the sixth. Pineda departed after allowing a two-out double to Granderson in the eighth.