Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/9/12

NEW YORK -- They've struggled to find hits in the spots they've needed them most, but the New York Yankees often take comfort in knowing they can overcome a lot of problems with just one hit.

That's because, with a lineup full of power hitters, they know that one hit could be a home run, as was the case Saturday night. Mark Teixeira's two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth nudged the Yankees past Dillon Gee and the New York Mets, and Curtis Granderson later added a solo shot to break an 18 at-bat hitless string in the Yankees' 4-2 win at Yankee Stadium.

The late offense backed Phil Hughes (6-5), who came through with his second straight strong start.

The pitchers had dueled in a battle of improving starters for most of the Yankees' second straight Subway Series win.

But, thanks to Teixeira's homer, a fantastic running catch by Granderson and some good work by the Yankees bullpen, Hughes came out on top.

"We do have a lineup with a lot of power hitters," Teixeira said. "We always think as long as the game's close, within four, five runs the late innings, we think we have a chance to win."

Granderson provided a cushion with his homer off Bobby Parnell in the eighth for the Yankees, who won for the fifth time in their last six games.

The Mets threatened in the ninth against closer Rafael Soriano as Ike Davis walked and Omar Quintanilla singled him to third with two outs. But Soriano got pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin on a fly to left to end the game and earn his ninth save of the season.

Before Soriano came in, Boone Logan, Cory Wade and Clay Rapada had combined to shut the Mets out for 1 2/3 innings.

David Wright and Quintanilla homered for the Mets, who have lost five of six.

While he had recently praised Scott Hairston for his hot hand, Mets manager Terry Collins instead opted for the left-handed Valdespin to pinch-hit for Hairston even though Valdespin entered the game hitting .138.

"Soriano's been real good on right-handers, and Jordany, late in the game, has come through with some big hits," Collins said of Valdespin, who hit a go-ahead home run off Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon earlier this season. "Took a shot."

With the Yankees trailing 2-1 with two out in the sixth, Teixeira came up with Granderson on second after he had walked and tagged up on Alex Rodriguez's long fly to left. Teixeira drilled a 2-2 pitch out to right, nudging the Yankees ahead 3-2.

"Hats off to Gee, he pitched great tonight, but he probably made a mistake on that one pitch," Teixeira said.

The next inning, Hughes walked off to a huge ovation after Josh Thole singled with one out on the right-hander's 108th pitch. Hughes allowed two runs on six hits while striking out six and walking two.

"More aggressiveness, trying to attack, not trying to be too fine," Hughes said of the approach that's helped him recently. He also said he's wanted to follow suit after strong starts by his fellow members of the rotation. "You don't want to be the guy who lets it down. Keep it going."

In came the lefty Logan, who was helped by Granderson's impressive play in center. Quintanilla, who had tied the game earlier with his first homer of the season, nearly helped erase the 3-2 deficit, but Granderson ran down his drive to deep left-center field, making an over-the-shoulder catch for the second out.

Wade then came on to face Hairston, who pinch-hit and singled Thole to third. But Andres Torres, who had struck out three times against Hughes, flied to left for the final out.

Wright put the Mets up 2-1 when he led off the sixth with a drive to left-center, his eighth homer of the season.

Gee (4-4) was nearly as good as Hughes -- he threw his fifth consecutive quality start and allowed more than two runs for the first time in his last four. After allowing three hits in the first, he retired 12 of 13 batters before giving up the two runs in the sixth. For the game, he pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out five.

Quintanilla's first homer of the season tied the game, 1-1, in the third.

Rodriguez gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first when he singled in Derek Jeter on a play that involved milestones for both. The RBI was the 1,917th of Rodriguez's career, tying him with Eddie Murray for seventh place on the major league all-time list. Jeter's run scored was the 1,800th of his career, pushing him past Ted Williams into 17th place on the all-time list.

NOTES: Derek Jeter's hit snapped a hitless string of 17 at-bats. ... Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (strained right elbow) had a setback in his rehab and could be out until the All-Star break, manager Joe Girardi said. Gardner will see famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews on Monday or Tuesday, then consult another noted orthopedist, Dr. Timothy Kremchek, on Thursday, general manager Brian Cashman said. Gardner was expected back next week but woke up with pain Saturday, Girardi said. ... Right-hander David Robertson (strained left oblique) will make a rehab appearance for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in Rochester, N.Y., on Sunday and could return by next weekend, Girardi said. ... Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who bruised his left foot when it was struck by a line drive Friday, should be able to make his next start, he said. ... Mets center fielder Andres Torres was back in the lineup despite slumping. Manager Terry Collins said Torres' speed could help win games.


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