"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.
"We swung the bats real well," Mets manager Art Howe said to the Associated Press. "We had energy. It just wasn't enough."
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 NYMFansOnly.com. You can e-mail him at CGGuy86@Yahoo.com
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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