slammed his bat and then threw it. The first Subway Series game at new Yankee Stadium was over.
And then it wasn't.
dropped A-Rod's two-out popup in the ninth inning as
scored from second and
from first, giving the Yankees a wild 9-8 victory over the Mets on Friday night.
''As soon as I slid in, I hugged Jete and I said, 'What just happened?' because I couldn't believe it,'' Teixeira said.
had put the Mets ahead 8-7 with an eighth-inning double off
(1-1) appeared to escape a ninth-inning jam on the popup by A-Rod, just 1 for 17 in his career off K-Rod, including the postseason.
But Castillo kept drifting toward the foul line and allowed the ball to pop out of his glove as he tried for a one-handed
catch on the right field grass. The Yankees ran onto the field to celebrate.
A few minutes later, Castillo sat alone in the visitor's clubhouse, leaning forward, his elbows on his knees, his head resting
on his hands. His eyes were reddening.
A three-time Gold Glove winner, Castillo called it a ''routine fly ball.''
''I feel bad. I feel so bad,'' he said following his fifth error of the season. ''The ball was moving a little bit.''
It was yet another stunning defeat for the Mets, who keep finding new ways to lose. They lost to Florida on April 12 when
' fly ball. And on May 18 they lost to the
Los Angeles Dodgers
missed third base en route to not scoring the go-ahead run in the 11th inning.
''We'll have to fight through this,'' Mets manager
said. ''This is definitely a tremendous test for us.''
Both teams came in staggering. The Yankees had been swept in a three-game series at Boston's Fenway Park and the Mets lost
to Philadelphia in extra innings on consecutive days.
''Of course, we feel like we just stole one,'' Jeter said. ''We were lucky. That's just the bottom line.''
Jeter had singled with one out and stole second as pinch-hitter
struck out on the ninth pitch. Teixeira was intentionally walked and
got ahead 3-0 before taking a strike and then popping up.
Teixeira focused on third base coach Rob Thomson and ran hard from first the entire way. He easily beat shortstop
's relay from Castillo.
''When he started waving me, I, you know, put it into second gear,'' Teixeira said. ''I don't have a third, fourth and fifth.''
It was the first blown save by K-Rod in 17 chances this season.
''I still don't believe it,'' A-Rod said. ''I couldn't believe what I saw. I've never seen that before.''
On a night the Mets brought some real energy to Yankee Stadium, known thus far for home runs and empty premium seats, the
crowd of 47,967 was the largest since opening day but again short of a sellout. Fans saw five more home runs at the Bronx
bandbox, raising the total to a major league-leading 110 in 30 games.
homered for the Mets, and
, Teixeira, Jeter and
connected for the Yankees, who wasted leads of 1-0, 3-2 and 7-6 before winning. Matsui turned 35 and homered on his birthday
for the second straight year - last year he hit a grand slam off Oakland's
Rivera made a rare eighth-inning appearance in a tie game when he relieved with two outs and the score 7-7.
reached on just the third walk off Rivera in 26 2-3 innings this year. With the count 2-2, Beltran took off for second and
Wright turned on a pitch over the middle of the plate. The ball hit the wall in right-center on a hop, and Beltran scored
without a throw as Rivera hung his head and grimaced. Wright is hitting .633 (19 for 30) in his last eight games, raising
his major league-leading average to .364.
But Castillo's error undid that. Mets fans were on him for much of last year, and are likely to direct their wrath at him
''It will definitely be a battle again,'' Manuel said. ''Not only for him, but for us as well.''
NOTES: Sheffield's homer went just inside the left-field foul pole and raised his career total to 505, moving past
into sole possession of 24th place. ... Teixeira has nine homers in his last 15 home games and 13 in his last 25 overall.
... Yankees RHP
(elbow) is to make a rehab appearance Saturday for Double-A Trenton. ... The Yankees had not won on a game-ending error since
July 7, 2003, when Matsui scored as Boston 2B
's grounder, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.