Pettitte Too Much for Mets in 5-0 Defeat

Many of Art Howe's young kids saw their first action in a Subway Series, but the opposition's veterans won it. Steve Trachsel and Andy Pettitte dueled it out for seven innings, but the latter got the best off it. Consecutive solo homers by Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano in the third propelled the New York Yankees to 5-0 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night inside Shea Stadium.

Pettitte (7-6) hurled seven scoreless innings and the Mets saw arguably their hottest hitter, Jeromy Burnitz, get ejected in the first inning as the Yankees took the Subway Series opener.

The Mets (33-39) have now lost 12-of-19 to their cross town rivals.

Steve Trachsel (5-5) followed up his one hit performance in Anaheim with just one bad inning, but it was the deciding factor. The right-hander surrendered back-to-back solo homers to Alfonso Soriano and Derek Jeter to begin the third that plated the first two Yankee runs.

"I enjoy it," Jeter said to the Associated Press. The shortstop was the 2000 World Series MVP, went 3-for-5 in this game, and has a .360 career average against the Mets. "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."

Chris Hammond pitched a scoreless eighth before Jason Anderson allowed two singles to start the ninth that forced Joe Torre to bring in Mariano Rivera to close it out.

The Subway Series saw a few new faces. No player in the Mets' starting lineup participated in the 2000 World Series and three of those players had never battled against the Yankees before.

"It felt different this time because there were so many new guys," Pettitte said to the Associated Press. "I hadn't faced a lot of their guys before. I had to talk to the scouts to find out about them."

The Yankees (43-29) added a run in the eighth on a Ruben Sierra RBI double down the left field line against David Weathers. Graeme Lloyd was able to strike out Alfonso Soriano with the bases loaded to prevent further damage. Jason Giambi's nineteenth homer of the year off Armando Benitez -- a two run shot -- made it a five run cushion in the ninth.

Tsuyoshi Shinjo -- a late replacement into the lineup after Roger Cedeno was experiencing back spasms -- robbed Alfonso Soriano of his second solo homer of the game in the fifth by jumping up onto the right center wall and bringing it back.

Home plate umpire Ron Kulpa tossed Jeromy Burnitz in the bottom of the first after the Met outfielder was arguing balls and strikes from the dugout following his strike out.

"If he wanted to throw me out, he should have thrown me out when I was arguing," Burnitz said to the Associated Press.

Art Howe's club was unable to capitalize on several scoring opportunities. Roberto Alomar doubled to begin the bottom of the third, but, after both Cliff Floyd and Jason Phillips drew two out walks, Vince Wilson left them loaded by grounding out.

Ty Wigginton doubled to put runners on second and third with one out in the fifth, but Joe McEwing -- who entered to play right field for Burnitz -- grounded out and Floyd fouled out.

Steve Trachsel -- 0-3 with a 6.67 ERA in five prior home starts this season -- pitched seven innings and allowed five hits and two runs while walking five and fanning five.

Notes
LHP Pettitte is now 5-2 lifetime against the New York Mets in ten starts... OF Roger Cedeno was in the starting lineup hitting lead off, but was pulled due to back spasms... SS Derek Jeter came in 2-for-11 in his career against Trachsel, but added a single and a homer in this game against him... OF Shinjo threw out Robin Ventura at third after he attempted to tag up on a fly to center during the fourth... LHP Tom Glavine (5-7, 4.52) draws RHP Mike Mussina (9-4, 2.99) on Saturday afternoon...

Writer Christopher Guy covers the Mets daily for NYMFansOnly.com and you can e-mail him at CGGuy86@Yahoo.com

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