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Francisco Cervelli followed with an RBI single off the top of the wall in the left-field corner, spoiling Santana's shutout bid. Cervelli thought the ball was a home run and umpires went inside for a look at the replay, but upheld the initial call.
Santana was pulled after a pair of walks in the eighth. Pedro Feliciano retired Robinson Cano on a bases-loaded popout to preserve a 6-1 cushion and pounded his glove in delight.
Igarashi gave up an RBI single to pinch-hitter Juan Miranda before Francisco Rodriguez got two outs for his eighth save in 10 chances.
Derek Jeter greeted K-Rod with a run-scoring double on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, and Brett Gardner hit a slow RBI grounder to third. David Wright threw out the speedy Gardner on a close play, prompting arguments from Gardner and Girardi, who kicked at the dirt near first base.
Mark Teixeira reached on an infield single, setting the stage for the tense matchup of Rodriguez vs. Rodriguez that also lasted eight pitches.
Wright hit an RBI double in the fifth for the Mets, who scored their first four runs with two outs after getting all five with two down Saturday night.
NOTES: Cora filled in at 2B for Luis Castillo, scratched because of his sore left foot. ... Yankees RHP Javier Vazquez is slated to start Thursday night at Minnesota despite a bruised right index finger. Vazquez's bullpen session, however, was pushed back a day to Tuesday to give his finger more time to heal. He bruised the finger while bunting Friday night.
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