Yankees 7, Mets 3, 11 innings

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NEW YORK (AP)—The New York Yankees waited, waited and walked their way to a comeback win over the Mets.

Pinch-hitters Jorge Posada and Charles Gipson received bases-loaded walks in the ninth and 11th innings, allowing the Yankees to rally against the Mets bullpen for a 7-3 win Sunday night.

“We had some help, no question,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “But I wouldn’t call it lucky. We took advantage of some mistakes.”

Posada drew a walk from closer Armando Benitez with two outs in the ninth inning that forced in the tying run, and Gipson’s walk started a four-run 11th that gave the Yankees a two-game sweep of the rain-shortened Subway Series.

Five Mets relievers walked eight batters—one intentional—in the final five innings.

“That was the last thing I was thinking—that I’d walk to tie the game,” said Posada, who did not start because of a sore throat and 100-degree fever. “He’s really tough.”

Jason Phillips’ RBI single off Chris Hammond with two outs in the eighth gave the Mets a 3-2 lead, but Benitez couldn’t hold it. He walked four batters in the ninth, forcing home the tying run.

“He’s our man. We’re going to win it or lose it with him at that point,” Mets manager Art Howe said.

The AL East-leading Yankees have won eight of nine since getting no-hit by six Houston pitchers on June 11.

Benitez, who had converted 12 straight save chances, walked Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui and pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra to load the bases with two outs in the ninth. The right-hander went to a 3-2 count on Posada and, with fans of both teams on their feet and roaring, missed high and outside with a fastball.

“I think it was a strike,” Benitez said.

A frustrated Benitez leaned back in disbelief and hopped on the mound, then retired pinch-hitter Juan Rivera to end the inning.

Benitez was booed loudly as he walked off the field, Mets fans in the sellout crowd of 55,031 no doubt recalling the ninth-inning lead he blew in Game 1 of the 2000 World Series against the Yankees.

“It was my fault. I don’t have an excuse,” Benitez said. “I tried to hit my spots. I couldn’t get it.”

Graeme Lloyd got out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th when Matsui grounded into a double play, but Todd Zeile drew a leadoff walk from Lloyd (1-2) in the 11th and Ruben Sierra singled for his 2,000th career hit.

Posada hit a potential double-play ball, but rookie shortstop Jose Reyes booted it for an error, loading the bases.

“We had our chances long before that,” Howe said. “Errors are part of the game. He’s going to make his share because he’s a young player.”

Lloyd walked Gipson to force in a run—his second RBI of the season—and another run scored on Alfonso Soriano’s RBI groundout, making it 5-3. Enrique Wilson added a two-run double off Dan Wheeler.

Mariano Rivera (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Matsui homered off John Franco in the seventh to tie it at 2.

Cliff Floyd homered and Tom Glavine pitched six strong innings for the Mets.

Glavine, scratched Saturday because of the rain even after he began to warm up, allowed just one run and five hits in six innings. The left-hander recently missed his first start in more than 10 years because of inflammation in his left elbow and was pulled after only 66 pitches.

Glavine, who had lost his last four starts, was hit in the stomach by Derek Jeter’s line drive in the fourth inning. He made the play, but began to stiffen up a couple of innings later.

“You know it’s going to be sore,” Glavine said. “It missed my chest bone, it missed my ribs, it hit that pocket. I haven’t felt like that since I was playing hockey.”

He expects to make his next start.

Yankees starter David Wells gave up two runs—one earned—and six hits in seven innings. He did not walk a batter and has issued only four free passes in 107 2-3 innings this season.

Saturday’s game was washed out with the Yankees leading 4-3 in the fourth inning and will be made up as part of a day-night, two-ballpark doubleheader this Saturday—just as the teams did July 8, 2000.

Reyes singled leading off the game for his first career hit at Shea Stadium.Phillips finished with a career-high four hits.


The Mets plan to call up pitching prospect Aaron Heilman from Triple-A Norfolk this week and have him make his major league debut Thursday night against Florida. … The Yankees are 20-12 against the Mets in interleague play. … Mets OF Jeromy Burnitz left after the ninth inning with a cut on hisright ring finger.

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