NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka pitched a four-hitter for his first major-league shutout, and Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira homered to lead the Yankees to a 4-0 victory over the Mets on Wednesday night.
Brian Roberts tripled twice as the Yankees finally beat their crosstown rivals after losing six straight.
The Mets took all four games last year and won two slugfests in the Bronx this week. Back home at spacious Citi Field, however, their bats went silent again.
Tanaka had plenty to do with that, overwhelming the Mets with his vast assortment of pitches while spoiling Rafael Montero's big-league debut. Montero, the latest to arrive in a line of touted Mets pitching prospects, pitched six competitive innings but was no match for the 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."
Tanaka is 34-0 in Japan and North America over his past 42 regular-season starts.