From No-han to Zero-ki, it was just another Friday night pitching gem in New York.

Robinson Cano and the Yankees made sure Johan Santana got nowhere near Johnny Vander Meer's record of two straight no-hitters by pounding him for four home runs in the first three innings. And Hiroki Kuroda carried a no-hitter of his own into the sixth as the Bombers drubbed the Mets, 9-1, at the Stadium in the Subway Series opener.

"I know there were a lot of expectations for this game, and it just didn't happen," Santana said. "I didn't have a feeling for some of my pitches and a couple of them stayed up. The good thing is I felt good. . . . But it was just one of those days where things didn't work out."

Cano clocked Santana, who had thrown the elusive first no-hitter in Mets history one week earlier against the Cardinals, for a first-pitch, two-run homer in both the second and third innings. The latter was the first of three straight longballs by the Yanks, with Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones taking Santana deep after Cano's second blast.

Instead of Santana, it was Kuroda who had the sellout crowd in the Bronx envisioning another dose of history. He faced the minimum 17 batters — Derek Jeter made a fielding error in the fourth, but that runner was erased on a David Wright double-play grounder to third — until Omar Quintanilla laced a double to left-center with two outs in the sixth.

"Especially with what Santana did last week," Joe Girardi said, "you kind of felt, 'Well, maybe this is going to happen here.' "