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NEW YORK -- Once the Subway Series rolled around, the New York Mets got on the right track. Mark Jackson Jersey . Challenged by fed-up manager Terry Collins, slumping infielders Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada sparked a five-run first inning that kept the Mets sailing along in this surprising set with a 9-4 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday night. Tejada hit a leadoff single, Davis drove in two runs and the fourth-place Mets won with Jeremy Hefner on the mound for the first time all season. Theyve taken three in a row from their crosstown rivals for their first four-game winning streak of the year and will go for a Big Apple whitewash in the series finale Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. "Some great at-bats in the first inning," Collins said. "I just think theres a different attitude in the clubhouse." Yankees starter David Phelps (3-3) got only one out -- but said his health was not an issue. The right-hander, who had trouble with his command, left his previous outing after he was hit on the right forearm by a line drive. "Its nothing at all. Arm felt great today. Just wasnt making pitches," he said. "The ball was just up and in the middle of the plate a lot." The suddenly-slumping Yankees dropped their fourth in a row. Despite a rash of injuries to star players, they began the night a game behind first-place Boston in the AL East. "The Mets have really had our number," centre fielder Brett Gardner said. By the late innings Mets fans were chanting "You cant beat us!" in a mostly empty Yankee Stadium, where the outlines of a soccer field were still visible on the grass following Saturday nights exhibition match between English Premier League teams Chelsea and Manchester City. After rallying two nights in a row back home at Citi Field for a pair of tense, 2-1 wins, the Mets made this one a virtual laugher right off the bat by building an 8-0 lead. But they still had their confounding moments -- Tejada had another mental lapse at shortstop that helped the Yankees score twice in the sixth. That brought Collins, looking more than a little irritated, to the top step of the dugout. He stared out in Tejadas direction and then jotted something down on a piece of paper. "I have to concentrate on my job," Tejada said. "I have to get better every day and go play hard every day." With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Tejada limped off the field with a sore quadriceps. He was hurt chasing a foul fly down the left-field line and will be examined Thursday morning, Collins said. "I dont think its too bad," Tejada said. Without divulging details, Collins acknowledged before the game that he met Tuesday night with Davis and Tejada and told them in no uncertain terms it was time to snap out of it and start producing -- right now. WFAN radio reported both players were informed they were on the edge of being demoted to the minors. In the first inning, they responded. "Obviously, I dont like playing bad," Davis said. "The fires been lit for a while. Ive been upset all year." Tejada snapped an 0-for-12 skid and scored from first on Daniel Murphys double to deep right-centre -- finally a drive off his bat that Gardner couldnt chase down -- and the Mets were ahead 1-0 after three pitches. Gardner robbed Murphy of extra bases with two spectacular catches the previous two nights. John Buck beat the defensive shift with an RBI single to right and the Mets scored again when third baseman Jayson Nix bobbled Marlon Byrds RBI grounder for an error. Davis was batting .152 when he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. He worked an 0-2 count full and lashed a sharp single past shortstop to make it 5-0. "Thats a five-star at-bat if you ask me. With guys in scoring position, that was huge," Buck said. "You can just see the quality of his at-bats literally the last week. Theyre completely different." That was it for Phelps. The last Yankees starter who failed to get more than one out in a game was Darrell Rasner on May 19, 2007, also against the Mets, according to STATS. "He just didnt have it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He felt great yesterday, he just had a stinker." Davis later hit a line-drive single to centre, another encouraging sign. He began the night 4 for 53 (.075) with 24 strikeouts in his past 16 games -- and hitless since a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to beat Atlanta on Sunday night. Hefner (1-5) gave up three runs and nine hits, including Brennan Boeschs solo homer, over six innings in his second start since his Oklahoma hometown was ravaged by a tornado last week. The Mets lost all nine of his previous starts this season -- and even when he made his lone relief appearance. "Its great to win, but more importantly keep our team winning streak going," Hefner said. Byrd homered and Lucas Duda, who had the game-winning hit off Mariano Rivera on Tuesday night, added a two-run double for the Mets, who scored their most runs since a 16-5 win April 12 in Minnesota. NOTES: Mets RHP Dillon Gee (2-6, 6.34 ERA) faces LHP Vidal Nuno (1-1, 1.93) in the Subway Series finale Thursday night. ... It was Hefners first start at Yankee Stadium. Arron Afflalo Knicks Jersey . Peter Gammons, an analyst for Major League Baseballs network and website, drew the ire of hockey fans on Sunday when he criticized the two NHL teams on Twitter for their physical game the night before. Amare Stoudemire Jersey . Q: Team Canada announces their Olympic roster three weeks from today. Who is general manager Steve Yzerman watching? LeBrun: Over the last 48 hours, hes taken in the home-and-home between the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche with Jamie Benn and Matt Duchene being the obvious targets. http:///...n-basketball-jersey/ . Still, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke thought taking him out before the fifth inning was an unusual move. "Im looking up at the board and hes got two hits given up and one run, and Im taking him out after the fourth inning," Roenicke said. ALTOPIANO DEL MONTASIO, Italy -- Colombian rider Rigoberto Uran won the first big mountain stage of the Giro dItalia on Tuesday, and Vincenzo Nibali held onto the overall lead after the 10th leg. Pre-race favourite Bradley Wiggins dropped further behind on the steep, uphill finish, while defending champion Ryder Hesjedal dropped out of contention on the first climb. The 26-year-old Uran, who rides for Wiggins Sky team and won the best young riders jersey during last years race, clocked more than 4 1/2 hours over the 167-kilometre leg from Cordenons to Altopiano del Montasio, which featured two difficult climbs, including a long, grueling uphill finish. It was Urans first victory in a Grand Tour. "It nice to finally be able to finish off a victory," he said. Another Colombian, Carlos Betancour, finished 20 seconds behind in second. Nibali, an Italian with Astana, won a sprint for third, 31 seconds back to keep the pink jersey. Mauro Santambrogio was fourth and 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans crossed fifth, both also 31 seconds back. Wiggins crossed 10th, 1:08 back. Victorias Hesjedal was 71st in the stage, 20 minutes 53 seconds behind Uran. He dropped to 33rd overall, 23:45 behind Nibali. Nibali earned an eight-second bonus for finishing third and increased his lead over Evans to 41 seconds. Uran moved up from ninth to third, 2:04 back. Wiggins remained fourth but now trails by 2:05, while Robert Gesink of the Netherlands is fifth, 2:12 behind. Michele Scarponi, the 2011 Giro winner, dropped from fifth to sixth. "Today could have been a difficult day because it followed a rest day," Nibali said. &qquot;Wiggins lost some time. Brandon Jennings Jersey. I was worried about Scarponi, but he also lost something. At this point, I think Evans becomes one of the most dangerous opponents. "I have a decent lead on Uran and just as much on Wiggins. I think well keep an eye on both of them. I wont know Skys strategy but well try to figure it out." Henao, another strong Colombian climber for Sky, is 19th overall. "We had three cards to play -- me, (Sergio) Henao and Wiggins -- and it worked for me today," Uran said. "We have the strongest team. ... Both Henao and I know that our job is to help Bradley. But then of course well see day by day what happens." The first climb over the Cason di Lanza pass lasted 14.5 kilometres at gradients as high as 16 per cent with snow lining the road. The finishing climb to Montasio, in the Giro for the first time, lasted 21.9 kilometres with leg-breaking stretches at 20 per cent gradients. Earlier this year, fans were allowed to send in messages for the stage via Twitter, which were printed on the road leading up to Montasio, which is located in the northeastern corner of Italy. The stage began with a 13-man breakaway, which fell apart on the first climb. Nibali had a tire puncture but quickly caught back up to the main pack with the help of his teammates. On the finishing climb, Sky rode up front to set up Urans attack with eight kilometres to go. Before Tuesdays start, German sprinter John Degenkolb withdrew. He won the fifth stage. Stage 11 Wednesday is a 182-kilometre leg from Tarvisio to Vajont featuring two category-2 climbs. The race ends May 26 in Brescia. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys' ' '