NEW YORK (AP) - Rafael Montero was simply outpitched in his major league debut by a fellow rookie with a much bigger contract.
Masahiro Tanaka tossed a four-hitter for his first career shutout and the New York Yankees got home runs from Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira on Wednesday night, snapping a four-game skid with a 4-0 victory over the Mets.
“He’s outstanding, a great pitcher, and we saw that tonight,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “But I was real proud of the way Raffy stayed in there. A couple of home runs, but it should have been closer.”
Brian Roberts tripled twice and the Yankees finally beat their crosstown rivals after dropping six straight.
The Mets took all four Subway Series games last year and won two slugfests in the Bronx this week. Back home at spacious Citi Field, however, their bats went silent again as a three-game winning streak came to an end.
“You asked me about the home run barrage? We hit three of them tonight. They were just in the wrong park,” Collins said.
After the game, reliever Kyle Farnsworth confirmed he was cut by the team, though the Mets did not make an announcement. Farnsworth has time to decide if he wants to accept an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas, but that’s not what he had in mind.
“I want to go to another team, because I want to pitch against this team,” he said. “Personally, I’m angered, also disappointed. I thought I did a pretty good job and was productive.”
The right-hander was 0-3 with a 3.18 ERA and three saves in 19 appearances.
Tanaka (6-0) overwhelmed the Mets with his vast assortment of pitches while spoiling Montero’s debut. The latest to arrive in a line of touted Mets pitching prospects, Montero threw six competitive innings but was no match for the $155 million rookie from Japan.
“In some ways, this is a David-and-Goliath matchup. One guy’s never lost and the other guy’s never pitched,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said before the game. “So, it’s interesting. We’ll see how many rocks Rafael’s got.”
Tanaka is 34-0 combined in Japan and North America over his last 42 regular-season starts. He did lose Game 6 of the Japan Series last year - before earning a save in Game 7.
The right-hander struck out eight and walked none, throwing 114 pitches during his first complete game in the majors.
“I knew what was coming, but I couldn’t hit it,” Daniel Murphy said. “He’s commanding all his pitches to all zones. The splitter is the equalizer. You don’t see it that much, someone using it in any count like that.”