NEW YORK (AP)—David Wells looked downright uncomfortable, bothered by all the basehits on a hot, humid evening.
Somehow, he still hung on.
Wells (10-2) won despite allowing 12 hits—one shy of his career high—in just six innings.
“I was fighting myself, left and right,” he said. “I couldn’t keep the ball down to save my life. And when I did, I telegraphed it.”
Wells appeared miserable, waving his glove and craning his neck as the hits flew.
“I was mad at me,” he said.
“That’s huge, or the game might’ve been 15-6, them,” Wells said.
A crowd of 55,226 at Yankee Stadium saw the Yankees improve to 3-0 against the Mets in interleague play this season. The teams will meet in a two-park doubleheader Saturday, starting in the Bronx by day and moving to Shea Stadium at night.
Wells managed to earn his 195th career victory, helped by the Yankees’ bats—they’ve averaged about 7 1/2 runs in his starts. He won his fourth straight decision while the Yankees won their fourth in a row overall.
The Mets have dropped six of seven.
“We swung the bats real well,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “We had energy. It just wasn’t enough.”
Miceli, acquired Wednesday from Cleveland, made his Yankees’ debut Thursday at Tampa Bay and did well, getting two outs in the eighth inning.
Jae Seo (5-3) had won four starts in a row, but the Yankees quickly put an end to that streak.
Seo took the mound with a 2-0 lead and gave it back right away. And, in a rare departure, the rookie seemed to become rattled.
Alfonso Soriano led off with a single and Seo hit Derek Jeter with a pitch. After Giambi walked on five pitches to load the bases with no outs, Ruben Sierra hit a sacrifice fly and Matsui followed with a double for a 3-2 lead.
“Giving up that leadoff hit to Soriano really upset me,” Seo said through a translator. “Giving up that double to Matsui really got to me.”
The Mets made it 3-all in the second on a hustling double by rookie Jose Reyes and a single by Cedeno, and again the Yankees came back.
Juan Rivera and Soriano singled in the bottom half and Giambi hit a long double to center for a 5-3 lead.
Wells got Clark to ground into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded and one out in third. Clark hit his ninth home run in the sixth.
The Yankees are 21-12 against the Mets in regular-season games. … Mets C Jason Phillips knocked off Jeter’s helmet while scrambling for a ball that skittered away from the plate in the sixth. … Cliff Floyd returned to the Mets’ lineup as the DH. He did not play Wednesday or Thursday against Florida, and has been bothered all year by an inflamed left Achilles’ tendon. He went 1-for-4. … Wells gave up 13 hits on May 23, 2001, while pitching for the Chicago White Sox against Toronto. … Actor Christopher Reeve visited the Yankees outside their clubhouse before the game. … Wells has given up only one walk in his last seven outings, a span of 46 1-3 innings. … Mets SS ReySanchez played his first rehab game, going 1-for-4 for Double-A Binghamton.