Yankees 5, Mets 0
NEW YORK (AP)—The New York Yankees used some familiar faces to overcome an unfamiliar Mets team.
Jason Giambi also homered as the Yankees once again got the better of the heated intracity rivalry, beating the Mets for the 19th time in 31 regular-season meetings. The Yankees also won the 2000 World Series against the Mets in five games.
With Mike Piazza sidelined, no one in the Mets’ starting lineup played in that Series and three players had never faced the Yankees before.
“It felt different this time because there were so many new guys,” Pettitte said. “I hadn’t faced a lot of their guys before. I had to talk to the scouts to find out about them.”
The Yankees had many Subway Series veterans: Jeter was the MVP of the 2000 Series, Pettitte started the clincher at Shea Stadium and Mariano Rivera, who finished Friday night, saved two games.
Jeter went 3-for-5 in front of a sellout crowd of 55,386, improving his career average against the Mets to .360, including the World Series.
“I enjoy it,” he said. “It doesn’t mean you’re going to be successful, but I enjoy being in big games. Obviously, playing the Mets is a big game.”
The Yankees have won seven of eight overall since being no-hit by six Houston pitchers on June 11. They moved 1 1/2 games in front of Boston and Toronto in the AL East.
Steve Trachsel (5-5), coming off his second career one-hitter Sunday in Anaheim, held the Yankees in check except for the third inning. He allowed two runs, five hits and five walks in seven innings.
Soriano, coming off a 7-for-39 homestand, hit the second pitch of the third into the left-field bullpen for his 19th homer. Jeter followed with a drive over the center-field fence for his fourth of the season.
“I felt better in the first two innings tonight than I did in Anaheim,” Trachsel said. “The Yankees just did a little better job of making me work.”
The Yankees could have had even more runs off Trachsel except for some sparkling plays by center fielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo. He made a perfect throw to nail Robin Ventura at third base in the fourth inning and robbed Soriano of a homer in the fifth.
Pettitte (7-6) had his second straight strong start since being knocked out in the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 8.
“It’s embarrassing when you go out and throw two innings like in Chicago,” he said. “I know I’m not going to dominate guys and throw a shutout every time out. I just want to make quality starts and give us a chance to win.”
He had only one perfect inning through five but was able to work out of trouble when he needed to, holding the Mets hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position.
“Andy set the tone tonight,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said.
Pettitte settled down late, retiring his final eight batters. He allowed five hits and two walks, striking out eight.
“Guys were coming down to first saying what great stuff he had,” Giambi said. “He was throwing everything for strikes and keeping guys off-balance.”
McEwing was playing only because Jeromy Burnitz was ejected in the first inning for arguing a called third strike with plate umpire Ron Kulpa.
Burnitz said he argued at the plate, then asked why Kulpa was staring at him in the dugout before the umpire ejected him. Manager Art Howe came out and pleaded his case with Kulpa, and Burnitz followed by running out of the dugout. He was held back by Floyd and Jason Phillips.
“If he wanted to throw me out, he should have thrown me out when I was arguing,” Burnitz said.
Kulpa referred all questions to crew chief Bruce Froemming, who disputed Burnitz’s charge.
“I don’t care what he maintained,” Froemming said. “He was yelling at him from the dugout. I couldn’t hear what he said but you could see him screamingand pointing.”
The crowd was the biggest for a regular season Subway Series game at Shea Stadium, eclipsing the 55,141 on June 16, 2002. … The Mets have been blanked four times this year. … Sierra doubled twice to give him 1,999 careerhits.