NEW YORK -- Prior to Friday night's Subway Series opener, Mets manager Terry Collins jokingly supported the potential cutback in scheduled games against the Yankees starting in 2013.
"Next year, who knows who's going to be in their lineup," Collins said. "But I know one thing, it'll be good. Any time you play them, you know you're going to face a tough lineup."
And after the team's first two meetings this weekend that saw 13 combined Yankee runs, he may have a point.
Friday night's 9-1 blowout put the Mets out of contention early, but they hung around on Saturday before Mark Teixeira delivered the go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the Yankees held on for a 4-2 win.
The Mets would threaten with runners at the corners in the ninth, but Yankees closer Rafael Soriano ultimately converted the save -- his ninth of the season in as many attempts -- as the Yankees captured the first installment of the crosstown series after just two games.
David Wright put the Mets ahead in the top of the sixth with his eighth homer of the season, but as a whole, the Mets -- whose only other run came off of a third-inning home run by Omar Quintanilla -- struggled to manufacture runs despite a handful of opportunities.
"We have to have someone step up and get some hits," Collins said. "We seem to be riding David pretty much solely. We have to get some guys to chip in. Singles don't win many games in this park."
Collins acknowledged that his team's lack of power has been trying -- five of the Mets' eight hits were singles -- and that the effects of Ike Davis' career-worst slump are starting to take a toll.
"Where does it come from? Where is it? Where is that guy who can provide power? That guy is Ike Davis," Collins said. "Ike Davis has as much power as anybody in the ballpark tonight. We have to get him going."
Davis finished 1-for-2 on Saturday and labeled his two walks as a "definite step in the right direction."
"In my small career, when I start walking more, my average starts coming up," Davis said. "So hopefully I can continue to see the ball better and only swing at pitches that I know that I can hit."
With two home runs and more than a handful of base hits, the Mets had scoring opportunities Saturday night but were unable to capitalize. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Andres Torres flied out to left with runners at second and third after singles by Josh Thole and a pinch-hitting Scott Hairston. The Mets had runners on first and second in the fourth, but Jason Bay flied out to right to end the inning.
The Yankees struck first when Alex Rodriguez delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the first, and didn't look back after retaking the lead in the top of the sixth. Curtis Granderson provided the insurance when he hit his 18th home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth.
Dillon Gee delivered his fifth consecutive quality start and kept the Mets within striking distance of the Yankees, who shelled Johan Santana on Friday.
Gee said that he held solid command over his pitches, but that his arm felt "dead" once he took the mound after warming up. The right-hander said the feeling had no relation to any injury.
"I felt great in the 'pen, and I came out of the 'pen and almost felt like I couldn't get warm after that," he said. "I was having trouble staying warm in between innings."
Gee labored through seven frames for the Mets, but ultimately took the loss after allowing the home run to Teixeira on a hanging curveball.
Phil Hughes delivered on the mound for the Yankees, and was lights out with the exception of the two home runs. He exited with one out in the seventh, having allowed the two runs on five hits, with two walks and six strikeouts. Hughes turned in the first complete game of his career in a decisive four-hit, 5-1 win over the Tigers in his previous start, but didn't get the same cushion on Saturday against Gee.
"It seemed like Gee was pitching really well," Hughes said. "He wasn't giving me much time to rest, and it was kind of going back and forth. I'm just happy to get a win out of it."
Adam Rosenbloom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.