David Wright turned around Mariano Rivera's cutter, and Johnny Damon turned and ran toward the center-field wall. He never caught up.
Wright's RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning capped a comeback from a four-run deficit against Randy Johnson and gave the Mets a thrilling 7-6 victory over the Yankees last night at Shea Stadium in the first Subway Series game of the year.
On a night when Yankees starter Johnson struggled again, allowing home runs to Carlos Beltran and Xavier Nady, Mets starter Jeremi Gonzalez got just nine outs.
But Darren Oliver, Aaron Heilman, and Billy Wagner (3-0) combined for six innings of shutout, two-hit relief, retiring the Yankees' final 16 batters. Wagner struck out Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez, and Kelly Stinnett in the ninth on 12 pitches.
One pitch after hitting the dirt when Rivera came inside, Paul Lo Duca doubled down the left-field line to put a runner on second with one out.
Beltran struck out, Carlos Delgado was intentionally walked, and Wright drove a pitch to the warning track over Damon.
Johnson batted before he threw a pitch and was staked to a 4-0 lead in the first, but he allowed a three-run homer to Beltran on a 95 mile-per-hour fastball in the bottom half. Then, with the Yankees ahead, 5-3, he gave up a two-run homer in the third to Nady on a 94-m.p.h. fastball.
Rockies 8, Blue Jays 3 -- Clint Barmes drove in four runs and Jamey Carroll ended the majors' second-longest active homerless streak, lifting host Colorado over Toronto.
Carroll, in his first year with Colorado after being dealt from Washington in the offseason, had gone 663 at-bats -- second to Jason Kendall's 919 -- without a homer before he curled a solo shot off Francisco Rosario just inside the foul pole in left in the sixth inning.
Toronto starter Josh Towers (1-8) became the majors' first eight-game loser by giving up five runs and eight hits in five innings.
Dodgers 16, Angels 3 -- Andre Ethier homered in his first career five-hit game and the Dodgers rapped out 25 hits in a rout of the Angels at Dodger Stadium.
Russell Martin added three hits and drove in three runs -- both career highs -- for the Dodgers. Ethier had an RBI single in the Dodgers' nine-run sixth inning and finished with three RBIs.
Reds 9, Tigers 4 -- Brandon Phillips drove in four runs, Adam Dunn and Rich Aurilia homered, and visiting Cincinnati ended Detroit's seven-game winning streak.
Cardinals 9, Royals 6 -- Albert Pujols hit his major league-leading 20th homer a two-run homer and visiting St. Louis overcame a five-run deficit in a victory over reeling Kansas City.
Athletics 1, Giants 0 -- Dan Haren (4-3) allowed two hits in eight innings to win his third straight start, and Eric Chavez had an RBI groundout as host Oakland won its fifth straight.
White Sox 6, Cubs 1 -- Mark Buehrle (5-2) pitched a two-hitter for his first complete game of the season, Paul Konerko knocked in three runs, and Jim Thome hit his 17th homer to send the White Sox over the Cubs before a sellout crowd at U.S. Cellular Field.
Orioles 5, Nationals 1 -- Kris Benson (6-3) allowed only one run in his sixth career complete game, and Baltimore beat host Washington in the first regular-season major league game between the cities since 1971.
Devil Rays 5, Marlins 4 -- Toby Hall homered in the ninth to get host Tampa Bay to extra innings and Aubrey Huff's solo shot in the 10th gave the Devil Rays a victory over Florida that ended their seven-game losing streak in the intrastate rivalry.
Indians 4, Pirates 1 -- C.C. Sabathia pitched a three-hitter and Grady Sizemore hit his third homer in four games to lead host Cleveland over Pittsburgh.
Astros 5, Rangers 3 -- Adam Everett hit a two-out, three-run double in the eighth inning to lift host Houston over Texas.
Twins 7, Brewers 1 -- Tony Batista's grand slam helped visiting Minnesota snap a five-game losing streak.
Mariners 7, Padres 4 -- Jose Lopez doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh and homered, and Kenji Johjima and Richie Sexson also went deep for host Seattle.
Diamondbacks 10, Braves 9 -- Shawn Green doubled in the tying run in the ninth inning and Craig Counsell singled home the winner, as host Arizona edged Atlanta.