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Yankees get back at Mets Homers help Hughes pick up 10th victory

Jose Reyes led off Saturday's Subway Series game with a home run off Phil Hughes, and darned if Yankee Stadium didn't sound like Citi Field on its happiest day.

Mets rooters among the crowd of 49,073 were making themselves heard. They did so again when Reyes went deep a second time, this one a two-run shot in the third inning that gave the Mets a two-run lead.

Momentum seemingly was on the Mets' side after Friday's series-opening win. The Mets had won eight in a row; the Yankees had lost three straight.

But Mark Teixeira hit a tying two-run home run in the bottom of the third off Mike Pelfrey. Curtis Granderson put the Yankees ahead with another two-run shot in the next inning. Momentum had shifted.

"Homers help," Teixeira said in the afternoon's shortest and most accurate analysis.

Hughes stiffened and didn't allow another run. By the time Mariano Rivera got Chris Carter to bounce to Teixeira for the final out of a 5-3 Yankees win, the Bronx had returned to being a place where the pinstripes prevail -- at least for one day.

"The one thing that you talk about during the season and spring training is shutdown innings," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "The importance of when you score, you don't let your opponent score. Tex answering right back, I thought, was extremely important."

The home runs helped Hughes (10-1, 3.17 ERA) buckle down. He and Pelfrey both went into the game having not let a lead get away in 2010, but only Hughes continued that pattern. He allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings with three walks and four strikeouts.

Once given the lead, the former setup man allowed only two singles and a walk in innings four through seven, snuffing out the Mets' only legitimate rally in the sixth on Jason Bay's inning-ending double-play ball with two men on.

"He didn't have real good command of his fastball the first three innings and then it seemed to settle in a little bit more," Girardi said. "He started to use his curveball more. He's been a guy where we've watched him do this most of the year."

Pelfrey (9-2, 2.69) has been doing it most of the year for the Mets, which is why both young right-handers have an excellent chance of being All-Stars this season. But Pelfrey couldn't hold on to leads of 1-0 and 3-1, allowing the Yankees to immediately tie the score after Reyes' homers.

Pelfrey allowed five runs and seven hits in seven innings with three walks and two strikeouts.

"He elevated a few pitches," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "You elevate off-speed pitches, especially in this ballpark, you're going to pay for it."

The Yankees were without Derek Jeter, who was scratched just before game time with a bruised right heel. His status for today's series finale, when CC Sabathia will face Johan Santana (1 p.m., YES), is unknown.