NEW YORK -- Dillon Gee struck out a career-high 12 batters, and the New York Mets swept the season series from the New York Yankees for the first time with a 3-1 victory Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
Gee allowed a solo home run to Robinson Cano in the third but virtually little else in 7 1/3 innings. He allowed four hits and no walks during his longest outing since last July.
Gee (3-6) retired the final 15 hitters he faced, getting nine of his strikeouts in that stretch. His most impressive run took place when he struck out Travis Hafner for the final out of the sixth, then fanned Lyle Overbay, Brennan Boesch and David Adams on 14 pitches in the seventh and Reid Brignac for the first out of the eighth.
Scott Rice got the final two outs of the eighth, and Bobby Parnell retired the side in order in the ninth for his ninth save.
The Yankees lost their season-worst fifth game in a row, and they fell for the seventh time in the past nine games. They managed just four hits and wasted a decent outing from Vidal Nuno (1-2), who allowed a two-run home run to Marlon Byrd in the second among three hits in six innings.
John Buck's infield single in the eighth off Joba Chamberlain accounted for the other run for the Mets, who completed their fourth series sweep of the Yankees. Before this week, they had swept a three-game series at Shea Stadium in 2004 and a rain-shortened two-game set at Yankee Stadium in 2008.
The Mets topped the Yankees on Monday and Tuesday on Citi Field before winning Wednesday and Thursday in the Bronx.
After wasting Justin Turner's leadoff double in the first, the Mets went up 2-0 on Byrd's two-run home run to left field in the second. It was Byrd's second home run in as many nights and sixth overall.
The Yankees halved the deficit in the third when Cano hit a 1-0 slider into the right field seats for his 14th home run.
NOTES: Mets SS Ruben Tejada was placed on the disabled list with a right quad strain, which is the same injury that cost him seven weeks last season. To take Tejada's place, the Mets selected the contract of INF Omar Quintanilla from Triple-A Las Vegas. ... The Mets also said that LHP Jon Niese would miss his scheduled Saturday start in Miami due to left shoulder tendinitis. RHP Collin McHugh will start in Niese's place. ... Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) and 1B Mark Teixeira (forearm) each went 1-for-3 in their second rehab game for Double-A Trenton. Both could return Friday against the Boston Red Sox. ... Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte is expected to return from the DL for a Monday night start against the Cleveland Indians after missing two weeks with an upper back injury. ... The Yankees announced that they will honor 2009 World Series MVP Hideki Matsui in a pregame ceremony July 28 before they play the Tampa Bay Rays. That date was selected because Matsui wore No. 55 and it is the team's 55th home game of the season.