04/03/12 5:15 PM ET
Ike walks off Mets after Pelfrey's solid start
Slugger hits solo shot in ninth; righty fans five over four
By Anthony Chiang / Special to MLB.com
A five-run sixth inning for the Yankees against Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese -- highlighted by RBI singles from Andruw Jones, Doug Bernier and Chris Dickerson -- put the Bronx Bombers ahead for the first time, 6-5.
The Mets came right back with a run in the bottom of the frame, with Justin Turner singling home Mike Baxter.
Mets center fielder Andres Torres, who had not played in a Grapefruit League game since March 20 because of a strained left calf, started things off for New York's National League club. Slotted in the leadoff spot, Torres picked up a single in the first inning, and he showed his calf was feeling better when he scored the Mets' first run of the contest from second base on an RBI single from David Wright.
That was just one of the runs Yankees starter Ivan Nova allowed. The right-hander struggled through the outing, allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings of work. The Mets also racked up eight hits against him.
On the other side, Mike Pelfrey turned in an impressive start for the Mets. The 28-year-old allowed one run in four innings and struck out five batters. After giving up 20 runs over his first four starts of the spring, Pelfrey has given up just a combined two runs in his past two outings.
The only run Pelfrey allowed came on a solo homer from Nick Swisher in the fourth inning. Swisher later doubled off Niese to start the Yankees' sixth-inning rally.
"I had a pretty good idea of where the ball was going to go, and I think when you get that, I think you're ready to go," said Pelfrey. "I feel good. I'm excited to get out of here and start the season."
Mets reliever Tim Byrdak made his first appearance since March 8, tossing one perfect inning, striking out one. Byrdak is attempting to make the Opening Day roster after undergoing left knee surgery in mid-March.
Up next for the Mets: The Mets will wrap up their Spring Training schedule with the second game of a home-and-home series with the Yankees on Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. ET in Tampa. The game can be seen on MLB.TV. Right-hander Dillon Gee will make his sixth start of the spring for the Mets in the contest, as he will face the Yankees' Freddy Garcia.
Anthony Chiang is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.