Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Teixeira hit two of three home runs served up by Jacob deGrom as the New York Yankees opened the latest edition of the Subway Series with a 6-1 victory over the crosstown-rival Mets.
Teixeira's pair of two-run shots, combined with 7 2/3 outstanding innings from Michael Pineda, enabled the also-surging Yankees to halt an 11-game win streak by the Mets that had matched a franchise record.
Jacoby Ellsbury added a solo homer as part of a 2-for-5 effort, while Brett Gardner and Brian McCann also had two hits and a run scored in the Bronx Bombers' seventh triumph in their last eight games.
Pineda (3-0) did his part as well, limiting the Mets to a run on five hits and striking out seven without a walk to win a third consecutive start. He was removed after 100 pitches, 78 of which went for strikes.
"It seemed like every hitter he was strike one on almost all night," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Pineda. "And he was very efficient because of that and put hitters away early and located extremely well. On a night like tonight, it's extremely impressive."
DeGrom (2-2) entered Friday's much-anticipated showdown sporting a splendid 0.93 ERA through his first three outings of the season, but the reigning National League Rookie of the Year was tagged for six runs on eight hits in just five innings.
"I just had a tough time throwing the ball where I wanted to," said deGrom, who had lasted at least six innings in each of his 15 previous starts.
Former Yankee Curtis Granderson collected two of the Mets' five hits and scored the team's lone run.
DeGrom came into Friday's matchup having not allowed a run in 18 1/3 consecutive innings, but that streak was put to an end quickly. Gardner singled with one out in the first inning and Teixeira soon followed with a blast into the second deck in right field that staked the Yankees to a 2-0 lead.
The Yankees continued to tee off on deGrom in the third, which Ellsbury began with a leadoff homer. Three batters later, Teixeira deposited another deGrom fastball into the middle deck with Alex Rodriguez aboard for a 5-0 advantage, and singles by McCann and Chase Headley around a walk to Carlos Beltran loaded the bases before Stephen Drew brought home an additional run with a sacrifice fly.
In contrast to deGrom, Pineda was in complete control throughout the night. The big right-hander set down 13 of the first 14 hitters, with Kirk Niewenhuis' cue-shot double down the left-field line in the third inning accounting for the Mets' lone baserunner.
"You could tell from the first inning that (Pineda) had his good stuff, and it let us relax at the plate and just go out there and have fun," Teixeira said.
The Mets were able to scratch home a run against Pineda in the sixth. Granderson singled and moved to third on a wild pitch and a fly ball prior to crossing the plate on Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly.
Granderson's double with two out in the eighth concluded Pineda's evening and brought on Chasen Shreve, who retired all four batters he faced to finish the game.
Mets pitcher Jon Niese, slated to start Sunday's series finale, was ejected by home plate umpire Doug Eddings for arguing a pitch call from the dugout in the sixth inning ... deGrom had given up just three home runs combined over his previous 20 starts ... The Mets had won in each of their last four visits to Yankee Stadium, including both matchups held there last season ... Eleven of Teixeira's 12 hits this season have gone for extra bases (7 homers, 4 doubles), and he's now knocked in at least one run in six straight starts ... Mets center fielder Juan Lagares went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts to have a 10-game hitting streak snapped ... Former Yankee great Bernie Williams, who officially announced his retirement from baseball on Friday, threw out the game's first pitch.