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NEW YORK -- Always calm on the mound, shaggy-haired rookie Jacob deGrom shook off all the zeroes on the scoreboard and just went with the flow. DeGrom outpitched Jake Peavy in a tantalizing hitless duel that carried into the seventh inning Saturday night before the New York Mets broke loose and beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2. "I knew it at the fifth inning, so it was kind of a mental battle," deGrom said, "but I was sticking to the plan we had and I was going right after the guys." With an energized crowd trading "Lets go Mets!" and "Lets go Giants!" chants, Pablo Sandoval doubled off deGrom with two outs in the top of the seventh for the games first hit. Peavy was perfect until Daniel Murphy hit a one-out double into the bottom of the seventh on a ball that left fielder Michael Morse misjudged. The Mets went on to score four runs to back deGrom (6-5), and the rookie won win his fifth straight start. Peavy (1-11) lost his 11th decision in a row, a streak that started with Boston. "At the end of the day, you are trying to put up zeroes and their guy did an outstanding job. I did not do enough," Peavy said. This was the second time this season that a game didnt have any hits until there were two outs in the top of the seventh inning. Milwaukees Matt Garza and Atlantas Aaron Harang each had their no-hit bids broken up in the seventh on April 2. Peavy had never taken a no-hit try past 5 1-3 innings, but the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner was dealing in his second start for San Francisco. Murphys double came soon after there was a brief delay when Sandoval ran into the third base railing chasing a foul ball. Morse took his first step in on Murphys line drive and couldnt recover, setting off the Mets four-run inning. Travis dArnaud had a sacrifice fly, Juan Lagares hit an RBI single and Wilmer Flores added a two-run double. "I was playing shallow in, and he hit it pretty good, it just kept going away towards the line," Morse said. Both deGrom and Peavy got some help in keeping the bases clear until Brandon Belt walked with two outs in the fifth. The Mets backed their starter with fine glovework, while Peavy benefited from a replay call. DeGrom, batting eighth in the Mets lineup was initially safe for an infield hit in the third, but was the ruling was reversed. DeGrom was pulled with one out in the eighth following pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawas two-run single. In a career-high 7 1-3 innings, the lanky 26-year-old allowed four hits and two runs. He struck out seven. Jenrry Mejia put runners on the corners in the ninth but got former St. Johns star Joe Panik to ground out for his 16th save. TRAINERS ROOM Giants: Catcher Hector Sanchez, on the seven-day concussion list since July 26, went through a full workout. Manager Bruce Bochy says hes not sure if Sanchez will need rehab games before he returns. Mets: Right-hander Jeremy Hefner made his fifth minor league start since having Tommy John surgery Aug. 28. He allowed two runs and two hits over four innings for Class A St. Lucie. UP NEXT Giants: Madison Bumgarner (12-8) takes a 2-0 record with a 1.80 ERA into his fourth career start against the Mets. Bumgarner can hit, too. He has two grand slams this year. Mets: The 41-year-old Bartolo Colon (10-8) is going for his 200th win. MAGIC GLOVES Mets: Lagares, left fielder Eric Young Jr. and first baseman Lucas Duda all made spectacular catches early to help protect deGroms gem. DeGrom was most grateful for Lagares diving attempt on Sandovals sinking liner to left-centre that broke up the no-hit bid. Giants: Hunter Pence made a sliding catch in foul territory in right field to help Peavys perfect-game bid in the sixth inning. DANGEROUS FALL Before the game, a fan injured his arm when he fell over a railing above the left-field wall and landed on the warning track. 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NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka has been every bit the ace the New York Yankees went shopping for last winter. Tanaka pitched a four-hitter for his first major league shutout and the Yankees got home runs from Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira on Wednesday night, snapping a four-game skid with a 4-0 victory over the Mets. "Overall, I think that today was my best day," Tanaka said through a translator. Brian Roberts tripled twice and the Yankees finally beat their crosstown rivals after dropping six straight meetings. The Mets took all four Subway Series games last year and won two slugfests in the Bronx this week. Back home at spacious Citi Field, however, their bats went silent again. "You asked me about the home run barrage? We hit three of them tonight. They were just in the wrong park," manager Terry Collins said about spacious Citi Field. Tanaka (6-0) overwhelmed the Mets with his vast assortment of pitches while spoiling Rafael Monteros big league debut. Montero, the latest to arrive in a line of touted Mets pitching prospects, threw six competitive innings but was no match for the $155 million rookie from Japan. "In some ways, this is a David-and-Goliath matchup. One guys never lost and the other guys never pitched," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said before the game. "So, its interesting. Well see how many rocks Rafaels got." Not enough. Tanaka is 34-0 combined in Japan and North America over his last 42 regular-season starts. He did lose Game 6 of the Japan Series last year -- before earning a save in Game 7. "I just go up there and basically try to win every single game," Tanaka said. The right-hander struck out eight and walked none, throwing 114 pitches during his first complete game in the majors. He lowered his ERA to 2.17 and gave the Yankees taxed bullpen a much-needed break. "I knew what was coming, but I couldnt hit it," Daniel Murphy said. "Hes commanding all his pitches to all zones. The splitter is the equalizer. You dont see it that much, someone using it in any count like that." Tanaka became the first Yankees rookie to begin his career 6-0 as a starter since Hall of Famer Whitey Ford went 9-0 in 1950. That sort of dependability has been sorely needed, with the Yankees already missing CC Sabathia and two other injureed starters.dddddddddddd "Hes been special," manager Joe Girardi said. Tanaka even singled in the ninth inning for his first major league hit -- giving him one more than Mets pitchers have in 64 at-bats this season. Asked what the highlight of the night was for him, Tanaka smiled. "The first hit," he said, kidding. Girardi said Tanakas teammates "loved it" and gave the pitcher some good-natured ribbing. "When you look at it, hes not that far removed from hitting," Girardi said. "Hes got an idea. He wears a shin guard." Montero (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits. He struck out three and walked two after getting called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to step into the rotation slot previously held by Jenrry Mejia, who was moved to the bullpen. The slim right-hander fanned Derek Jeter in the third for his first strikeout, but was hurt by his defence an inning earlier. With a runner on first and Tanaka on deck, left fielder Eric Young Jr. made an ill-advised dive in trying to catch Roberts sinking liner with two outs. The ball got past Young and to the wall, allowing Solarte to score as Roberts cruised into third with his first triple. Solarte, the ALs leading hitter, sent a solo homer to right in the fourth. He has 23 RBIs in his rookie season, tops on the team. "He just keeps thrilling us all, in a sense," Girardi said. Teixeira lifted Monteros second pitch of the sixth to right-centre for his eighth home run and seventh in his last 15 games. Jeters infield single, a dribbler that barely travelled 20 feet out in front of home plate, scored Brett Gardner in the seventh. "I knew that we were in a little funk, losing four in a row, and I also knew that we hadnt won a Subway Series in a while. So yes, I did want to go out there and try to get a win for us," Tanaka said. NOTES: Yankees RF Carlos Beltran (right elbow) was still unavailable but reserve outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (back) was feeling better, Girardi said. ... Sabathia had his sore right knee drained and the Yankees hope he can return as soon as his 15-day stint on the disabled list is up, Girardi said. Sabathia was examined by Dr. James Andrews and is receiving treatment. ... The Mets plan to commemorate Jeters final regular-season Subway Series game Thursday. ' ' '
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