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Davis homers, Francisco saves Mets' win over Yanks

Associated Press Modified: June 23, 2012 at 12:18 am •  Published: June 23, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — After falling behind early, the Yankees homered their way into a chance at facing Frank Francisco in the ninth inning.

Once again, though, without the long ball, they fell short.

Francisco wriggled out of a two-on, one-out jam, closing out the New York Mets' 6-4 victory Friday night after calling their crosstown rivals "chickens."

"We're asked this question every day. We keep putting them on, eventually it's going to change," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "That's all I can really tell you. We are who we are."

Alex Rodriguez hit his 641st homer and Andruw Jones also connected for the Yankees against Jonathon Niese at Citi Field. Robinson Cano added a two-run shot off Miguel Batista in the eighth to cut the lead to 6-4 after David Wright had an RBI double in the seventh.

They put runners on first and second against Francisco but Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira could not come through.

"We've got a couple of home run hitters up, and we know that's how we score runs," Girardi said. "So we thought we had a shot."

As has often been the case this season, the Yankees had trouble with runners on base. Leading the majors with 105 homers coming in but hitting only .218 with men in scoring position, the Yankees put two on in the first, second and ninth, and had a runner on in the third, fourth and seventh without scoring. They were 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position.

Ike Davis received a boost from the Yankees on his three-run homer, Justin Turner had a two-run single and the Mets scored five runs in the first inning with two outs. Andy Pettitte looked flat after waiting out a rainstorm that set back the start of the season's second Subway Series by 53 minutes.

Davis followed Turner's hit with a fly to right that a leaping Nick Swisher got his glove on. But when he hit the wall, the ball was nudged off the top of the fence and over for a 5-0 lead.

"I thought he was going to catch it the way he went back," Davis said.

Still, the homer-happy Yankees rallied with three late drives to set up a chance to see Francisco.

The reliever made headlines in New York this week by saying "I can't wait to face those chickens" and expressing his desire to strike out the side against the Yankees.

He explained Friday afternoon what he meant by his strange comment, saying he thinks the Yankees often complain about umpires' calls, especially balls and strikes.

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