Yankees hit four HRs in 7-3 win over Mets

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13)

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) watches his solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. (May 21, 2011) (Credit: Christopher Pasatieri)

How the Subway Series turns . . .

A night after a feeble performance with runners in scoring position, the Yankees did away with the entire issue by making the batters' box scoring position.

The Yankees had no at-bats with RISP until the eighth inning Saturday night. They didn't need them. They hit four homers off Mets starter Chris Capuano and evened the Subway Series at a game apiece with a 7-3 win at Yankee Stadium.

Russell Martin and Mark Teixeira hit two-run homers and Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez added solo shots. A.J. Burnett (5-3) survived a shaky first inning to win for the first time in four May starts.

The Yankees finished 0-for-1 with RISP a night after going 1-for-10 in a 2-1 loss. In another statistical quirk, they left no runners on base. Seven Yankees reached and seven Yankees scored. And in an eye-popping oddity, the first two games here took 2:47 and 2:44.

The Mets had won three in a row, including Friday night's series opener, behind stellar pitching (a total of one run allowed). But Capuano (3-5) could not keep the Yankees in the ballpark as the Mets fell back below .500 at 22-23.

"Any time you give up four home runs, you kind of feel like you're a little punch-drunk, like you're in a prize fight," Capuano said. "Those guys are strong.''

Said Mets manager Terry Collins: "I'd say that he maybe threw seven bad pitches all night. It's just that four were hit out of the ballpark."

The Yankees won their fourth in five games and improved to 24-20. They also ended their home losing streak at six games, their longest since 2003.

Ivan Nova opposes Mike Pelfrey in the finale at 1 p.m. Sunday before the series shifts to Citi Field on July 1.

Saturday night's game began five minutes late because of a driving rainstorm that began about an hour before the scheduled 7:10 p.m. start. Despite the heavy rain, a planned parachuting exhibition by the U.S. Army Parachuting Team Golden Knights went off perfectly, much to the delight of early-arriving fans who had abandoned the uncovered parts of the stadium.

Capuano had faced the Yankees only once before, in 2005, but he did have a checkered history with three of their hitters. Rodriguez was 3-for-3 with a home run. Andruw Jones was 6-for-18 with four home runs. And Martin was 7-for-11 with four doubles and one home run.

Capuano handled Jones, but Martin and A-Rod went a combined 3-for-5 against him with two home runs and three RBIs.

Martin's blast in the second inning tied the score after the Mets had taken a 2-0 lead in the first. It was his eighth.

"I thought that was important, especially after [Friday],'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You don't want to get into the fifth, the sixth, the seventh and you're struggling to score runs. I thought that was a lift as well."

Teixeira hit his 12th, an opposite-field shot to right-center, in the third to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead. In the sixth, after the Mets got within 4-3, Granderson hit his 15th (and eighth against a lefty) on an 0-and-2 pitch and Rodriguez his ninth to end Capuano's night. Teixeira added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

"I knew coming in we had to keep the ball in the park," Collins said. "We can't match them slugging-for-slugging . . . We can't fall behind by a lot of runs. Trying to make a comeback by just hitting singles is hard."

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