NEW YORK — Carlos Rodón wanted one more batter, pleading his case as he stood atop the Yankee Stadium mound in the sixth inning. That particular request was bypassed, with manager Aaron Boone raising his right hand toward the bullpen, but the Yankees are ready to see their left-hander author a few more starts like this.
Rodón turned in his strongest outing as a Bomber thus far, permitting one run over 5 2/3 innings as the Yankees secured a split of this season’s Subway Series with a 3-1 victory over the Mets on Wednesday in the Bronx.
Oswald Peraza, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Anthony Volpe drove in early runs off Mets starter José Quintana to boost Rodón to his first victory in pinstripes. Rodón had pitched to an 0-3 record and a 7.36 ERA through his first three starts with the Yankees, after signing a six-year, $162 million contract this past offseason.
His season debut delayed by injuries, Rodón’s first impressions included a start at Angel Stadium last week in which he blew a kiss to a jeering fan seated above the visiting dugout. Rodón later explained that the gesture was one of frustration and, as Boone remarked, preferable to what the pitcher had actually wanted to do.
There were no air smooches (or anything else) necessary on Wednesday, as Rodón showcased improved command while limiting the Mets to Brandon Nimmo’s third-inning sacrifice fly. Rodón scattered four hits and three walks while striking out four.