Faced with a possible demotion to the minor leagues, slumping Ike Davis capped a five-run top of the first inning with a two-run single as the New York Mets extended their season-high winning streak to four games with a 9-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Davis went 0-for-6 in the two games at CITI Field and that came after his eighth-inning game winning single in Sunday's 4-2 win over Atlanta. That led to a postgame meeting with manager Terry Collins where a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas was discussed for him and Ruben Tejada, who ended a 0-for-12 skid with a single in the first before being removed for unspecified reasons with two outs in the ninth.
Davis took a 4-for-53 slide into his first-inning encounter with David Phelps (3-3) and the Mets already up 3-0. After fouling off two off-speed pitches, Davis worked the count full and did not miss a fastball as he lined it up the middle, scoring John Buck and Rick Ankiel.
The left-handed hitting first baseman also added a single in his third at-bat in the fifth inning.
The Mets best showing at the plate in terms of runs since April 12 gave Jeremy Hefner (1-5) his first victory of the season and the team's first in his 10 starts. Hefner allowed three runs and nine runs and in six innings.
Scott Rice and LaTroy Hawkins combined to allow a run in three scoreless innings as the Mets took the season series for the first time since 2008. Hawkins gave up a two-out RBI single to Robinson Cano in the ninth and nearly collided with third baseman David Wright on a foul ball, but ended it by fanning Travis Hafner.
The Yankees lost their season-high fourth straight game and sixth in eight games.
The Mets struck quickly against Phelps when Tejada singled to left in the first inning and scored on Daniel Murphy's double to the gap in right-center.
Following a walk to Wright and strikeout by Duda, the Mets made it 2-0 on Buck's base hit. After scoring an unearned run on third baseman Jayson Nix's fielding error, Davis came up looking for just his fifth hit in 54 at-bats and came through with a line drive single to left field on a full-count fastball that extended the lead to 4-0.
The Mets reached six runs for the first time since May 3 when Marlon Byrd hit a solo home run that bounced off of the top of the right-field wall and into the seats. They reached eight runs for the first since April 12 when Duda hit a two-run double to left field with two outs in the fourth.
Brennan Boesch ended Hefner's shutout bid with a one-out solo home run in the fourth.
NOTES: Collins did not get into specifics of what was said to Davis and Tejada about the possibility of being demoted. "I understand that was going to be asked today," Collins said. "I'll also tell you that when I have a meeting in my office, it stays in my office. If I wanted to broadcast what was being said to players on a daily basis, I'd invite everybody in. So I'll leave it at that." ... Yankees SS Derek Jeter played catch at Yankee Stadium for the first time since suffering a second fracture in his left ankle on April 18. If a CT scan comes back fine, he could be cleared to take ground balls and start hitting within a few weeks. Jeter did not set a timeline but said he hoped to return shortly after the All-Star break. ... Kevin Youkilis (lumbar spine sprain) and Mark Teixeira (right forearm) each went 0-for-2 in a minor-league rehab game for Double-A Trenton Wednesday. They are expected to appear in another game Thursday and are scheduled to return Friday against the Red Sox.