When the Mets called Justin Turner up from the minor leagues, it seemed like they were just plugging holes in their depleted lineup. The 26-year-old's production at the plate is going to make it very difficult for Mets management to send him back down to Buffalo when their regulars get healthy.
Turner, playing third in place of an injured David Wright, went 3-4 at the plate with an RBI double in the 4th inning as the Mets took the first in a three-game series this weekend against their crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees. R.A. Dickey, the right-handed knuckleball pitcher who has struggled this season for the Mets, improved his record to 2-5 by spreading out four hits over six innings.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira nudged a homer just over the right field fence in the 3rd inning for the Yanks' only run. Daniel Murphy, substituting at first base for the Mets for Ike Davis, hit a home run in the sixth to seal the win.
Freddy Garcia took the loss, dropping his record to 2-4. Francisco Rodriguez earned a save for his 1-2-3 ninth inning.
The Yankees were 1-10 with runners in scoring position.
The teams meet again Saturday at 7:10 p.m. with the Mets' Chris Capuano (3-4) and Yank A.J. Burnett (4-3) taking the mound.