NEW YORK (AP) - Two outs in the seventh, a three-run lead. Still, Mets manager Terry Collins was worried that the error David Wright just made could lead to trouble.
With the way the Yankees have hit this month, who could blame him?
``When we didn't make the play, I said, `This isn't good. Not here,'' Collins said. ```This isn't good.''
Russell Martin fulfilled Collins' fears, hitting a two-run homer that bounced off the top of the fence at Yankee Stadium's short right field porch.
Martin then connected off Jon Rauch for the game-winner leading off the ninth, lifting the New York Yankees over the Mets 5-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
``Give them extra outs and they're going to take advantage,' Wright said.
The Yankees took advantage of errors by Wright and Omar Quintanilla to rally from a 3-0 deficit and take a 4-3 lead in the eighth on a single by Alex Rodriguez.
But Rafael Soriano blew his first save since he started finishing games when Mariano Rivera was lost to a season-ending knee injury.
Soriano gave up a tying double in the ninth to slumping Mets first baseman Ike Davis, a defensive replacement in the eighth who got a pep talk from Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson on Saturday. Soriano got some help keeping it tied 4-all from shortstop Jayson Nix, who threw to third to get the lead runner on a grounder by Quintanilla.
Martin later connected on a full-count pitch from Rauch (3-6). He gave the Yankees a scare when he hopped on home plate and fell to the ground and grabbed his leg, putting a momentary stop to the party.
``I tried to jump in the air to celebrate, and I got about 2 inches off the ground,' Martin said. But I still managed to touch home plate and it feels good.'
Boone Logan (1-0) got two outs with runners on first and third for the win.
The Yankees hit eight long balls in their first sweep of the Mets in the Bronx since 2003 - that series included a fourth, makeup game that was played at Shea Stadium as part of a two-stadium doubleheader. It was their first win in their last at-bat against the Mets since Luis Castillo dropped Rodriguez's potential game-ending popup on June 12, 2009, scoring two runs.
The Mets took a 3-0 lead against Andy Pettitte in the second inning with help from second baseman Robinson Cano's fielding error and Jonathon Niese repeatedly pitched out of trouble for much of the day to make it stand for seven innings.
``Definitely a tough one, the way Jon Niese threw the ball,' Wright said.
Pettitte gave the Yankees a scare in the sixth when he snared Scott Hairston's comebacker with his bare hand and threw him out. Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue raced out to the mound and after several minutes of deliberation and a few practice pitches, Pettitte remained.
He retired the side in order then was greeted by a pat on the shoulder by Derek Jeter at the dugout.
His left hand bandaged heavily, Pettitte said he'll be able to make his next start, which should come after he turns 40 on June 15. X-rays were negative.
``He's got an extra day here. So he should be OK,' Girardi said.
Trailing 3-0, in the seventh, Martin hit a two-run drive off the top of the wall in right field after Wright's throwing error extended the seventh inning. Many of the 49, 010 - the third straight sellout - paused to wait and see if the leaping Hairston caught the ball.
``That was hard to take,' Hairston said. ``Guess a lot of those things happen in this ballpark.'
Jeter led off the eighth with a slow hopper that went under Qunitanilla's glove and rolled into the outfield. Jeter was given a single and he hustled into second base with a headfirst dive on the error.
Curtis Granderson then hit his second opposite field single of the game to left, off Bobby Parnell, to put runners on first and third. Mark Teixeira followed with a tying hit a day after he gave the Yankees the lead with a two-run homer.
It was the Mets' revamped bullpen's 13th blown save in 30 opportunities this season.
Alex Rodriguez, who was booed when he hit into a double play to end the sixth, hit a shallow fly that dropped in for the 4-3 lead.
The Mets scored more than three runs against the Yankees for the first time in 11 games and for the first time in their past five games this season, but have lost six of seven overall.
Pettitte raced through the top of the Mets order with only seven pitches in the first. He then needed 36 pitches in the second as the Mets scored three runs. Jordany Valdespin had a two-run double and Vinny Rottino an RBI single.
The Yankees put the leadoff batter on against Niese five times in seven innings but came up empty until the seventh. The Yankees hit into three double plays to help quash threats.
Given an extra day of rest after leaving his most recent start with an accelerated heart rate, Niese appeared to get out of seventh inning when Andruw Jones hit a grounder to Wright. Wright spun and made the throw into the dirt.
Martin followed with his homer. His homer in the ninth was the third walkoff homer of his career.
NOTES: Jason Bay, batting second because of his success against Pettitte, went 0 for 4. He is 0 for 11 since returning from a broken rib on Friday night. He hadn't played since April 23.
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