Home runs, an old bugaboo for Phil Hughes, hurt him again Saturday night against the Mets. But home runs, a Yankee strength ever since the days of Babe Ruth and Five O'Clock Lightning, were once again a big reason the Bombers beat their crosstown rivals.

Hughes didn't give the Mets much beyond two solo home runs, and Mark Teixeira slugged a crucial two-run shot for the Yankees, helping them to a 4-2 victory Saturday night in front of 48,575 at the Stadium that clinched a series win in the season's first installment of the Subway Series.

Teixeira's sixth-inning blast off Dillon Gee erased the Mets' one-run lead, and the Yankee bullpen quieted Met bats after Hughes departed. Curtis Granderson hit an eighth-inning homer for insurance, meaning the Yankees have slugged six homers against the Mets in winning both meetings between the teams this year.

"This is a game we had a chance to win," Terry Collins said. "We've got to keep the ball in the ballpark and we haven't been able to do that for two nights."

The victory was the Yankees' 12th in their last 16 games and put them a season-high eight games over .500 (33-25) for the first time. The Mets (32-28), who have lost five of their last six games, are now 81-116 against the Yankees with one tie in their all-time series.

Hughes, who threw a complete game last week in a win at Detroit, pitched into the seventh inning Saturday, allowing two runs and six hits. He was taken out with a one-run lead, one out and a runner on first and had a few tense moments in the dugout while Boone Logan and Cory Wade worked out of the inning.