PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Ike Davis hit a tiebreaking home run off Mark Montgomery with one out in the ninth inning, giving the Mets a 7-6 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday in the first spring training game between the New York rivals since since 1996.
Yankees starter Ivan Nova struggled with his fastball location and gave up five runs, eight hits and two walks in 2 2-3 innings. His ERA rose to 8.06.
Mets starter Mike Pelfrey allowed one run and two hits in four innings with no walks and five strikeouts, lowering his ERA from 8.59 to 7.62. He allowed Nick Swisher’s fourth-inning homer.
Mets center fielder Andres Torres, sidelined since March 20 because of a strained left calf, went 1 for 1 and scored twice. Reliever Tim Byrdak, coming back from surgery March 13 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, faced two batters and retired both.
The teams play Wednesday in Tampa.
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