Not 'Seo' Well: Yanks Top Mets 6-4

Jae Weong Seo, who had not pitched since a 5-0 win over Florida on June 17 due to a split fingernail, certainly looked rusty in his Yankee Stadium debut. The Korean right-hander allowed six runs in 5 1/3 and both Hideki Matsui and Jason Giambi had early 2-run doubles to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-4 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night.

David Wells (10-2) survived to earn the win despite allowing twelve hits in six innings. The left-hander notched his 195th career victory as he won his fourth straight decision and the Yankees won for the fourth time in a row.

"I was fighting myself, left and right," Wells said to the Associated Press. "I couldn't keep the ball down to save my life. And when I did, I telegraphed it."

Chris Hammond relieved Wells to pitch two scoreless innings and Dan Miceli -- in order to give Mariano Rivera a night off after working three straight games -- came on in the ninth to earn his first save.

The Mets (34-43) took an early first inning lead, scoring two runs on singles by rookies Ty Wigginton and Jason Phillips.

"We swung the bats real well," Mets manager Art Howe said to the Associated Press. "We had energy. It just wasn't enough."

Ruben Sierra drove home a run with a sacrifice fly for the Yankees (48-30) in the bottom of the first before Hideki Matsui doubled to right and allowed both Derek Jeter and Jason Giambi to score.

Roger Cedeno tied it up at three with a single in the second, but with Juan Rivera on third and Alfonso Soriano on second, Art Howe elected to pitch to Giambi. The first basemen then doubled to deep center for a 5-3 lead. Raul Mondesi tacked on another run with a single in the sixth.

Tony Clark added his ninth homer of the year in the sixth.

1B Giambi has now reached base safely in 33 consecutive games. His career-high of 39 was set in 1998... Wells fell one hit shy of his career high, when he gave up 13 hits on May 23, 2001 against the Toronto Blue Jays as a White Sox... Mets SS Rey Sanchez went 1-for-4 in his first rehab game with Double-A Binghamton... Jeremy Griffiths (0-0, 7.50) opposes Roger Clemens (7-5, 3.54) in Game 1 of a home-and-home doubleheader on Saturday at Yankee Stadium...

Writer Christopher Guy covers the Mets daily for You can e-mail him at

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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